Footwear for spring / summer 2021, between heritage and sport-luxe

[On the cover from the left: Ermenegildo Zegna, Louis Vuitton SS2021]

As we saw at Micam and the Milan and Paris fashion weeks, men’s fashions for spring/summer 2021 oscillate between minimalism and caricature. On the one hand, clean-cut, almost minimalist and simple silhouettes but with a purpose and value, as highlighted by Prada during the virtual show Multiple Views. On the other hand, oversize and daring garments, also in classical versions, like certain outerwear items by Louis Vuitton. In the middle, the streetwear world, made of technical garments with utility details. Footwear oscillates between both poles: models that reinterpret and revisit men’s classics rub shoulders with every possible type of sneakers. In the middle, typical summer proposals, or sandals, which have become an integral element of the men’s wardrobe, with criss-cross bands or anatomical shapes.


The models of tradition, loafers, lace-ups, monk straps and ankle boots all hold a place in the most classic of iconography which recovers the heritage values of Italian production. Or, they are revisited in terms of colour (light blue, for example, recurs in apparel and accessories) and shapes, updating footwear and even adding a pinch of aggressiveness. The upper with weave finishing will be next season’s must-have.



Sneakers with a thousand faces

Ranging from sophisticated and minimal sport-luxe models, conceived for different occasions, from leisure to everyday living, to bolder versions, closer to the world of sports. Uppers mix colours and an array of natural and technical materials; soles remain highly important. In the face of such rampant classic and sporty cross-contamination, sneakers often respond with hybrid models: the sneaker-loafer for example, or the sneaker-boat shoe.

Artioli, Galizio Torresi, John Richmond, Lemargo, Lidfort, Raffaele D’Amelio, Romit, Valentino Shoes (photocredits Gabriele Zanon)

Francesco Benigno, Manovie Toscane (photocredits Ephoto)