Men’s Fashion Week Footwear Trends for Spring 2013

With the spring/summer 2013 Fashion Week previews finally coming to a close, designers showcased plenty of new footwear trends for men on their Paris, London, Milan and NY runways. The overall message that emerged from the catwalks was that next year’s men’s footwear is going to bolder and brasher than ever before, with statement shoes becoming a key piece of outfits rather than just the finishing touch.

If you’re looking to update your footwear collection for next spring, these are the standout trends you need to incorporate if you want to step out in style next year.

Metallic brogues

This trend was impossible to miss. Shining out from the runways in stark contrast to sharp suiting, metallics were everywhere. This year, Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang and Acne were just some of the design houses adding a touch of bling with metallic footwear. The look was given a twist with designers using futuristic gold and silver shades on traditional, straight-laced footwear, with brogues being the standout favourite. Mixing up the futuristic with the retro wasn’t the only bit of mix-and-matching going on, as designers also paired these statement shoes with traditional tailoring, and teamed up metallic brogues with loose-fit sportswear too.

Trainers with EVERYTHING

If you don’t fancy a metallic brogue – we know they’re not for everyone – the other mix-and-match trend to emerge on the runways was the statement trainer. The latest performance trainers usually never see the light of day in the high end world of fashion, but this year designers seemed especially keen on the athletic aesthetic. Raf Simons was one of the leading exponents of the trends, creating a real buzz by teaming ultra-functional trainers with traditional tailoring and the sharpest suits. If you’re a trainer fan, then designers have given you free reign to wear your favourite footwear in the office as well on the sports track.


Another statement shoe trend to emerge was tassle detailing. Tassled loafers were big news this spring, and they continue to be a hot item for next year. For 2013, designers softened the look by opting for softer fabrics like suede, also filling the catwalks with tassled slippers in satin and velvet. Canali’s tassled slipper caught the attention of many a fashion editor, and with their bold use of colour, made these one of the standout shoe picks from Paris Fashion Week.

Contrast lacing

Menswear in general received a major colour boost from designers across the fashion houses. Electric cobalt blues and blazing yellows pepped up everything from trench coats and rainslickers to smart suits and sweaters. The colour craze crossed over into footwear too, with a key trend for bold and brash lacing emerging. Bernard Willhelm and Phillip Lim were among the fashion houses pushing this new look. For next spring, look out for shoes that feature vibrant coloured laces, ideally in stark contrast to the rest of the shoe. Phillip Lim used white laces against tough black Dr Marten-style ankle boots and hiking footwear, while Bernard Willhelm ensured all eyes were on their men’s footwear collection by using thick, bold bright red lacing. For a more affordable way of wearing this look, try a brightly coloured pair of Converse trainers with contrasting laces.

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