Düsseldorf became once again the epicenter of footwear trends in Germany last week thanks to trade show GDS, held on February 10-12. The fair could celebrate a bunch of new exhibitors this time: US brand Timberland came back to the show after a ten year long absence –the brand dropped out of Bread & Butter last year–, installing a booth in hall 4 (high street). “We’re in the face of almost relaunching the brand, kind of kicking off the growth into different categories. Part of that are the German-speaking countries as a region where we consider GDS as a good platform to connect to the sport specialist shops,” told us Timo Schmidt-Eisenhart, president EMEA. G-Star also came on board again with its footwear range; the very first fully designed and developed by an in-house footwear team based in Amsterdam.

According to various exhibitors, the show underwent a very quiet start on the opening day. Footfall was definitely higher in the three High Street halls (3, 4, 5) whereas Studio and Pop Up (halls 9 and 10) lacked on visitors’ traffic. Besides German-speaking buyers and retailers, Spanish visitors ruled the fairgrounds. Nevertheless, and in contrast to previous editions, Asian buyers usually stopping by at GDS due to the show’s date proximity to the Micam in Milan seemed to miss the chance this time.

What no one overlooked at GDS was the broad range of trends and shoe proposals for fall/winter 2016-17. Here’s a light but nourishing digest with the most relevant themes, fabrics and silhouettes spotted in Düsseldorf.

Hiking boots for the city
Your casual boots might start looking very much alike to the hiking ones: two tone intertwined laces, D-eyelets and robust soles meet high-quality leather and classic silhouettes like the Wingtip-, Hunting- and Desert boots. Also sneakers get influenced by hiking footwear elements.

Skechers
Skechers


Fur linings and tongues
Apart from being a key fabric in apparel collections for next season, fur also invades footwear by being incorporated into boot linings or as a eye-catcher covering up the tongue of shoes and sneakers. #

Nicemess brand
Nicemess brand


Patent leather
The glassy mirror sheen of patent leather wins next season. Boots, sneakers and traditional shoes get a new twist with the material, spotted in almost every color from black and burgundy to yellow.

Dr. Martens
Dr. Martens


Neoprene
Last winter neoprene sweatshirts were a must, with a greater allure for men’s streetwear. Next winter, footwear manufacturers create with neoprene high-thigh boots for women, or integrate the fabric into scree collars, shoes’ back straps or the top edges as a double layer.

Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein


Faux sheepskin
Apart from sheepskin jackets, next winter will also see faux sheepskin inserts on footwear, mostly in the upper part.

Inouvo
Inouvo

Clarks Wallabee with faux sheepskin vamp
Clarks Wallabee with faux sheepskin vamp


Oversized visible zippers and buckle straps
Key seasonal detailing featured extra-big zippers and also buckle straps.

Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein

Nicemess brand
Nicemess brand


Shiny also in cold times
Glossy treatments and reflective materials will be used on shoes and sneakers to bright up the winter darkness.

Jack & Jones footwear
Jack & Jones footwear

Camel Active
Camel Active