Street Style Trends for 2011
The gradual recovery of the world’s economy has created both an upbeat and more somber mood. Both these emotions are reflected in general fashion and shoe trends — and so too in the urban and street style segment.
Soft and fresh tones with a touch of romance exude optimism, while dark influences can also emerge sometimes even on similar shoe styles which only differ in terms of color, fabric and presentation. A wide variety of trends impact urban and street style looks this season, triggering a variety of different design themes.
Here are four trend themes for the 2011 spring-summer season:
1. Combining Traditions
Several trends remain significant in the long term and feature prominently in the summer of 2011. Retro styles for men and women and a focus on traditional craftsmanship convey a sense of assurance and longevity. A combination of both, however, triggers interesting new ideas such as the use of traditional skills and finishing techniques for sneakers that were previously only mass produced or new style uses for old-fashioned designs. For instance, deck shoes with an ethnic-style opanka construction very much tie in with this theme.
This desire for traditional classics can also be seen the steady rise in the number of formal-looking shoes styles. Here we see new takes from classic men’s shoes for the young and trendy customer base to countless high-heel variations for women. Court shoes and ankle boots remain essential and are combined with the many retro skirts, dresses and leggings still in evidence in the fashion scene. Flats are feminine, but not staid. And for the large part, should be dispensed with elongated toes. The focus here lies on the design of special heel shapes.
3. Eco Materials
The use of ecological materials is still of great significance in the summer of 2011, especially since eco trends are easier to transpose in the summer. Sandals promote minimal designs with unlined, vegetable-tanned leather uppers.
Styles made with faded and textured waxed canvas or satin are also featured in this theme. Materials like these also appear in the summer versions of the many robust casual boots that emerged last season. There is no end in sight for the experimentation with new dyeing techniques like spraying, tie and dip dyeing.
4. Innovative Proportions
Furthermore, young shoe fashions also experiment with all-new shapes.
These are heavily influenced by architecture and science, and display proportions that are either geometrical — negating, even distorting the shape of the foot — or highly curvaceous in design, so flawless that the shoe seems like a living organism. As well as impacting some slim, elegant heels, this feature mainly influences platforms of all kinds, plus wedge heels and other stable heel shapes.
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