Still others are jumping back into business with the German-owned brand. Just last month, Madison Los Angeles received the iconic Arizona two-banded style for women. “It’s what’s going on in Fitflop Sandals fashion right now,” said owner Mark Goldstein. “[It’s about] going back to the original. Everyone will buy it as it gets out in the fashion world. It’s comfortable and affordable.” Goldstein will add men’s styles Birkenstock Clearance for spring ’14. And while he predicts Birkenstock will initially resonate with younger consumers, he said fans who wore the brand decades ago will return to it.The retro label also has brought new retailers into Fitflop Outlet> the franchise. San Francisco-based Heidi Says, which includes a shoe store and two clothing boutiques, began offering the looks this summer. “The shoes caused quite a stir,” said buyer Katie Conway. “They sat next to Birkenstock Shoes [Giuseppe] Zanotti and other high-end designers. Either customers loved them or were shocked by them.”In fact, noted Conway, she even offered the sandals in the chain’s casual clothing stores. “It’s rare we put shoes in Fitflop Sale the clothing stores, but Birkenstock worked perfectly with brands including Vince and Joie,” she said.Indeed, ready-to-wear designers were among the first to put their seals of approval on the sandals. Designer Katharine Polk, who collaborated Birkenstock Sale with Birkenstock on a series of runway styles for her spring ’14 Houghton line, said she was inspired to use the iconic looks after a vacation to hippie haven Woodstock, N.Y. “I was wearing my Fitflops own Birkenstocks on the trip, and it all came together,” she said. “I thought it was the perfect complement. The Houghton girl is always in flats.” The fashion label also worked with Birkenstock for a Birkenstock Sandals series of customized styles, which Birkenstock detailed with embroidered fabrics from Polk’s collection.
“Two trends I see [in men’s] are height and treatment. The newest shapes are chukkas that hover at the ankle for men Mbts wearing shorter pants and shorts. We’re also seeing a lot of boots, high-top sneakers and even ankle-grazing sandals. Across the board, there are many fabric-and-leather combinations, influenced by military clothing. Sneakers are huge, and there Mbt Outlet is no shortage of great styles. Garment-dyed leather versions look great, particularly at Lanvin. Sandals are everywhere, with interesting new takes on flip-flops and sport sandals. The gladiator Birkenstock at Burberry Prorsum is the perfect Fitflops Shoes For Women foil for their take on military/motorcycle wear. Another favorite is the hand-sewn collection from Yuketen.”“Ladylike shoes are making a return. Chic, single-sole pumps look right. It’s no longer about aggressive platforms. We’re predicting a very Mbt Sandals colorful season in ready-to-wear, and [complementary] shoes will be in shades of nude, from the lightest beige to more pink-infused hues. For sandals, we like the look of very clean, minimal styles, like you’d find Mbt Shoes in the south of France. We also love the idea of injecting sandals with femininity, using bows and other girly details.”“Safari and global are emerging as key trends. Wood-bottom sandals, wedges and clogs will be Birkenstock Outlet strong, as well as espadrilles in jute and raffia. The ladylike trend, inspired by “Mad Men,” is fueling the dress-shoe business. Nudes and blush tones are key colors, and peep-toe platforms and kitten heels are Cheap Birkenstocks important [silhouettes]. Preppy is also building momentum, with key items being the boat shoe, moccasin and loafer. Sam Edelman, Vince Camuto, Boutique 9 and Michael Kors are driving these trends.”
This winter, GDS will appeal to buyers who want to take one more look at fall ’10, when the show comes to Düsseldorf, Germany, on March 12-14. The trade event will showcase 760 exhibitors and 1,800 collections. Names that are new to the show include Bikkembergs and Rue Birkenstock Princesse, as well as stalwarts such as Cydwoq, Crocs and MBT.The show also promises more trend information, with lectures on topics from eco footwear to erotic shoes. “Our information platform continues to draw interest,” said Fitflops Clearance GDS director Kirstin Deutelmoser.Here, Deutelmoser discusses the state of German retail and why fall will be strong for GDS.

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