Now that the trade-fair dedicated to Spring/Summer 2018 is over, here is a look at some of next year’s trends.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to identify trends and we have to talk instead about ‘demands’ or ‘needs’ – a need for femininity, uniqueness, practicality and comfort, so inevitably there are no rigid guidelines to follow. This emerged clearly from the international fashion weeks dedicated to spring/summer 2018, and first and foremost Milano Moda Donna and the series of events that included White, Super and the Micam: while there were a number of different intertwining themes, the pursuit of distinctiveness provided the common denominator and pervaded all the various revisitations of past decades.

Accessories serve to define one’s look and give your outfit a personal touch; they can make it look “out-of-date” or “up-to-the-minute”, depending on whether you make the correct or wrong choice in teaming shoes with clothing. So you have to be careful what you team up with a pair of shoes with a medium-height Fifties-style stiletto heel, without a doubt one of the most interesting trends for the forthcoming season. Total freedom, on the other hand, when pairing sneakers with unusual items of apparel, as Louis Vuitton did by putting futuristic gym shoes on the catwalk together with damask tailcoats.

And then we mustn’t forget that seasonality doesn’t exist anymore; sandals have been worn with socks in winter for some time now and furs are all the rage in summer. Another example? For S/S 2018 Chanel proposes both ankle-length and cuissard boots in transparent vinyl, which may not be breathable but are certainly extremely eye-catching. From sneakers to day&night footwear, here are some of the ideas for next year.

Flat fashions

No-one can do without the practicality of a pair of flat shoes – especially now that mules, slip-ons, flip-flops, and sandals indulge in detailing and decorations on the one hand and minimal lines on the other. The lack of a heel does not compromise femininity and these shoes can be worn 24 hours a day.

Practically sculptures

Creativity is multi-faceted, ranging from the shape of impeccably cut uppers to shoe ornamentation and decorated heels. Thick, chunky heels are hollowed to make them lighter or else are hyper-decorated; platforms are barely accentuated and uppers play with voids and solids thanks to intricate cut-outs.

Unstoppable sneakers

An essential presence in every collection, the running shoe and its variants are fast-moving fast-changing fashion winners. Whether in the form of the anatomical wrap-around sock-sneaker, with its hyper-coloured and decorated materials and coordinates, futuristic or vintage, the sneaker today often loses its technical connotations to take on those of a traditional shoe.