Fashion Friday: Shoe Sneak Preview

Last week women’s, men’s and kids’ footwear designers descended upon New York City and opened their showrooms to buyers, editors and stylists to view the must-have trends for next spring and summer. It’s a chance for buyers to pick the styles they’ll stock on their store shelves next spring, for editors to start planning photo shoots around these looks and for the fashion-obsessed to be the first to wear the trend.

That’s why you’ll soon see stylist Rachel Zoe’s celebrity clientele walking the red carpet wearing mod black and while heels, why your favorite fashion magazine will be gushing over pastel oxfords and GQ will be encouraging style-conscious men to try leather shoes with woven details—or so I predict, as these three trends were everywhere.

On the children’s side, Spring ‘14 is shaping up to be a sweet and delightful season with vibrant colors, lots of embellishment and playful characters for girls. Check out these four not-to-be-missed trends for your tot. She’s sure to be the trendiest girl on the playground. By Angela Velasquez

Mini Mel Rubber Mary Janes- 1

Mini Mel Rubber Mary Janes

 

Animal Farm

It’s easy to be the cat’s meow in quirky, whiskered Mary Janes. Brazil-based Mini Mel, known for jelly shoe constructions for women and teens, is winning over kids‘ and mom’s hearts with a new range of animal-themed styles for spring. From kittens with heart-shaped noses to black and white cows, these fresh faces are a nice alternative to over-used character licenses and a new way to wear animal print.

Mini Mel Rubber Mary Janes-2

Mini Mel Rubber Mary Janes

Caption: Mini Mel rubber Mary Janes

Nina Kids play shoes

Nina Kids play shoes

 

Fashion Athletes

Olympians may sport their country’s colors with pride, but cool kids on the playground will run amuck with splashes of bubble gum pink on their footwear. Pink and purple are nothing new to girls’ fashion, but paired with vibrant teal and found on sporty while outsoles, the color blocking dazzles. Glossy patent materials and glitter as fine as sugar amp up the fashion factor, too. Also, be on the look out for yellow- and orange-hued styles, which are vying to be the next pink and purple duo.

Michael Kors pre-walkers

Michael Kors pre-walkers

Caption: Michael Kors pre-walkers, Nina Kids play shoes

Enzo studded sandals and sneakers

Enzo studded sandals and sneakers

Rock Star

Spikes and studs may have overstayed their welcome in womenswear, but the edgy elements add a bit of coolness and glam to girls’ sandals and sneakers. In Day-Glo shades of neon green and pink, studded footwear gives off a 80s-vibe that new moms may remember all too well. And on the bows of ballet flats, the classic and ultra-girly silhouette softens the rocker embellishments.

Nina Kids ballet flats

Nina Kids ballet flats

Captions: Nina Kids ballet flats, Enzo studded sandals and sneakers

Enzo sandals and sneakers

Enzo sandals and sneakers

Going Dotty

You wore them. You’re mother probably wore them and maybe even your uber-stylish grandma donned them. Polka dots continue to decorate girls’ fashion and this season, designers add a unique twist by using a smattering of shoelace eyelets to tell the story. Other polka dot styles blend the retro print with other modern day trends, including neon, glitter and denim.

Nina Sneakers

Nina Sneakers

Caption: Nina sneakers, Enzo sandals and sneakers

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About the Author:

Angela Velasquez

With 4 years of experience as a children’s stylist and magazine editor, Angela brings you an insider’s perspective on trends and seasonal looks that will make babies and toddlers shine in their holiday photos and at birthday parties!  Angela also has a way of making everyday clothes and accessories look special — she’ll show you how.