Throughout 2014 we saw 2 very distinct footwear trends hit the runways and the streets. Early in the year comfortable was cool, with sneakers (notably of the Adidas, Nike and New Balance variety) being worn every day with dresses, skirts, jeans, just about anything other than gym gear. Most sports footwear brands now have a huge variety of colours and styles to suit this growing trend, and we were all thankful that sneakers were cooler than stilettos for a minute.
Later in the year the Birkenstocks were back with a vengeance. Everyone was purchasing a pair of these orthotically stylish sandals, mostly in black. Suddenly, many labels were releasing styles of ‘sliders’ to keep up with this trend, and were a great affordable option for those of us not willing to fork out $100+ for Birks. They look good with just about anything, and encouraged us all to remember our 90s roots.
A third footwear phenomenon may be on the horizon, having been seen on countless celebrities in the past 6 months or so. Introducing: Timberlands.
At first you’re like “well I’m not a tradie or a woodcutter so I probably won’t thanks.” But they’re kind of an awesome re-invention of the combat boot which so many of us have favoured in the past. Now that the weather is set the cool down, this may be the new shoe staple for the cold. Yes, they’ve been around for a while now, but like many other trends it hasn’t quite taken hold of the Australian market yet. A/W15 may be the time for us.
How do you wear it? Simple enough really; I’m going to say they’re best off paired with jeans and leggings as opposed to summery skirts and dresses. Timberlands are a fashion staple of hip-hop culture, so take the opportunity to go that way. Throw on a beanie and fur-hooded parka with your Timberlands and you’ve got an instant Urban look. Haters gon’ hate. They come in a huge range of styles and colours, so there’s surely something for everyone.
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