The children’s shoes are cheerful and colourful with a mix of materials and contrasting shades

[On the cover: Balmain kids SS23]

Spring is starting and it’s already time to refresh children’s wardrobes by adding some new clothes and accessories. If, by now, fashion seems to be tinged with a single colour, the “green” of environmental responsibility and an eco-friendly attitude, then there’s all the more reason for children’s clothing to be even more attentive to natural and recycled materials. However, it is not just one colour that dominates, but a range of pastel or bright shades interspersed with denim blue, which cuts across all ages and genders. Naturally, the ‘mini-me’ mantra is diluted in many ideas taken from womenswear and menswear as regards clothing shapes and silhouettes. In footwear, models reproduced in miniature range from sneakers, to espadrilles, from outdoor sandals to slip-ons: often unisex versions that become more feminine for girls thanks to glitter and crystal details or bows and embroidery decorations.

The versatility of the sneaker

From free time to formal occasions, the sneaker is essential in children’s wardrobes. A mix of comfort and imagination, practicality in the Velcro closures, fashion in the coloured and decorated uppers, lightness in the box or chunky bottoms thanks to the use of extra light materials.

Sandals & Co.

However, it’s not only the gym shoe that children are wearing. The sporty sandal with Velcro straps is a hybrid of outdoor, casual, and sporty styles, ideal for the city and for walks in the mountains or by the sea. Espadrilles and slip-ons are also very trendy in junior fashion; sandals for girls are tinged with flashes of silver and gold, enriched with decorations, while for boys the most popular model remains the one commonly known as the “closed-toe” sandal.