Children’s footwear for Autumn/Winter 2020/21 is all about fashion. Which goes hand in hand with comfort

[On cover: Monnalisa’s catwalk FW 20/21 – photocredits by Gabriele Pasceri]

Children’s fashion closely follows adult fashion trends, in terms of both colour and cut as well as materials and styles. For children, however, there is extra emphasis on comfort, something you can expect from Italian products.  This is particularly the case with shoes, which need to care for growing feet.

Although at Pitti Bimbo the focus of clothing is, and will increasingly be, on sustainability right down to the yarns and fabrics, when it comes to footwear, due to the product’s complexity, this is being achieved in small steps through the use of eco-friendly and biodegradable materials. This is confirmed by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, who has given fresh impetus to United Colors of Benetton, making his début with Pitti Bimbo: “For the brand, footwear is not just an accessory, but is an integral part of the collection and mood”, the stylist told us, “And must therefore look contemporary without neglecting the construction and breathability of materials”.

But what attracts children most of all is fashion, which next winter again favours sneakers and takes its cue from the outdoor world.

Mini steps

Dressing like mum and dad is becoming more and more important.  The “mini me” concept has also found its way into children’s footwear with a range of mini styles on offer. Sneakers, ankle boots and commando boots are more often than not unisex; in ladies’ versions, only the colours and details change.

Outdoor junior

Sneakers and ankle boots are versatile styles for children and are suitable for all occasions, even ceremonies. Sports shoes are again chunky and retain their thick, lightweight soles, walking shoes take inspiration from the mountains and hiking boots, while commando boots and beatle boots are still the order of the day.

Gallery Photocredits by Gabriele Zanon