The National Shoe Retailers Association (NSRA) is a non-profit organization representing independent shoe store owners throughout the United States and Canada. NSRA serves as the independent retailer’s resource and advocate, representing the independent shoe retailing community among manufacturers, suppliers and the broader footwear industry.
We were recently asked about our opinion on footwear trends for men in 2014. Below is an excerpt of the full interview which included womenswear published in the monthly trade magazine published by NSRA. You can like NSRA on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
"The last word comes from Grant Harris, owner and chief style consultant for Image Granted, a DC-based image consulting company dedicated to solving the complex image, style and fashion issues of today’s professional man. Harris has also contributed to this column in the past, but that is likely not the only reason his name sounds familiar. Harris has been on CNN and has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Time, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Huffington Post, AOL, Men’s Health and others.
Will the color craze coming in women’s wear infiltrate into menswear as well? Not really, Harris says. “Women concentrate on color, they look to color to highlight their skin tones, but color is not that much of a consideration for men. We are seeing some indigo in 2013, and the tendency for more saturated colors, deep, long-lasting colors, will continue into 2014. Regarding footwear, men are more interested in formation. We will see new twists on classic designs. The spin will be on fabric, on distressing, on patina, on construction.”
Harris cites the saddle shoe as an example. Fabric combinations, such as suede and leather, and tooled leather, continue to render this classic as appealing today as it was a century ago. Harris predicts that business clothing will continue to trend “luxury.” As for casual weekend clothing, we will see more high-low, which combines highly-tailored expensive focus items with less expensive items. This could mean a Tom Ford jacket with sweatpants. They might even be cashmere sweatpants. High-lows allow men to get creative within budget.
“Fortunately, menswear trends migrate much more slowly than women’s,” Harris adds, “which means the trends of slimmer suit silhouettes and shorter hemlines will continue to be prevalent. Men will continue to democratize the suit by mixing and matching suit separates. Footwear will continue its increasing popularity in online sales; designers will continue to appease the masses by offering their high street wares in collaboration with main street department stores; and the $38 billion dollar menswear industry will continue its revenue increase as the U.S. pulls itself out of an economic slump. Africa will become an important import/export trade destination."