In contrast to the thicker, broader designs of winter, the 2016 spring-summer men's shoe collection follows the footsteps (no pun intended) of the last Milan Fashion Week. The current season's footwear trend leans on subtler, more modest styles ranging from the barely-theres such as sandals, to the old-reliables like dress shoes and sneakers. Nowadays, predominant men's shoe colours feature the shades of burgundy and purple, as well as aquamarine and earthy green. While women's style highlights a more military tone, men's spring-summer footwear movement continues to stick to the basics.
When it comes to dress shoes, one of the most up-to-date and significant facets this spring-summer season are perforations. The ability to let the feet "breathe" becomes highly beneficial, and it is one of the essentials factors, during this transitional spell. The Milan Fashion Week event, runways saw men's dress shoes exhibit shades of bright burgundy leather, as well as the occasional yellow and orange suede. UK-based fashion designer Oliver Spencer, even added a fascinating twist by sprinkling a flashy red touch to this formal footwear. Ermenegildo Zegna reinforced this trend a little further with slight modifications on the tone and the soles - leaning toward contrasting darker colours.
Regardless of the seasons, sneakers are absolute must-haves in a man's shoe closet - and this part of the year truly highlights its importance. As additional proof, fashion retailer Lyst's collection of shoes, has sneakers alongside the likes of boat shoes, espadrilles, and thongs, as summer staples. In short, comfort stands out through and through. Without sacrificing style, today's men's footwear trends up the ante by emphasizing sneakers with inflated bootleg. A perfect example of it would be those fly-off-the-shelf Yeezys. Kanye West and Adidas' collaboration has been making huge waves in the men's (and even women's) fashion industry, so much so that resale prices for these are at an all-time high. Luckily, Sneakernews suggested a number of alternative designs for these hard-to-find luxurious pairs. All in all, from laced to strapped, high-cut to low-cut, sneakers - minus the fad - will always have a place in the fashion industry.
This spring-summer season puts a spotlight on the brave and unyielding men who stand out amongst a sea of people. When everything's said and done, it's all about taking calculated risks, showing your individuality, and being rewarded by a satisfaction that comes from within.