AUTUMN/WINTER BUYING TRIP TO GDS DUSSELFDORF

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Earlier this year I had the pleasure of attending my first trade show and buying trip in Dusseldorf with our girl Sheila. GDS is the world’s leading trade fair for shoes and accessories and also highlights the trends for the buying season.  Dusseldorf becomes the hotspot for shoe enthusiastic visitors, attracting over 800 brands from all over the world presenting their latest collections, tons of designers and 100’s of bloggers. Two whole days of shoes shoes and more shoes……what can I say someone’s gotta do it…..

Let me just begin by saying, I was unaware of how big the exhibition halls are and how quickly one can become lost in a sea of vast and amazing shoes, luxury brands and the the trends to come, it is not for the faint hearted and when the shoe elite say wear comfortable shoes, you most definitely should listen. Fortunately for me I had my trusted Wonders brogues. One of the reasons we attended GDS is not only to spot the latest fashion trends but to find and source new and innovative brands and designs for you guys, our customers. I must admit it can be challenging to chose the best designs given the endless variety of luxury brands, styles and colours but Sheila has an eye for what you guys love and I got to see first hand her flair for the shoe fashion trends.

So lets talk trends for this season guys. First up in the heel department is block and middling and even sometimes slightly slanted. We are most definitely seeing 60’s and 70’s influenecs here and vintage comes back into play. We are also seeing square toes on the advance while of course both pointed and round toes remain on the scene. In the colour department its rich and opulent with camel, cognac, red and intense shades of blue holding their own alongside the classic black. When it comes to materials, think both clean and vintage, with leather displaying a natural look. Add to this patent, suede, embossing and brushed finishes.

So guys lets meet some of the brands that will upgrade your Autumn/Winter wardrobe.  First up mixing Swedish style with beautiful Italian leathers is Vagabond. We love the look, lines and wearability of Vagabond, perfectly combining sleek nordic style with streetwear trends. Next up we are very excited to now stock a exciting new brand from Portugal called Felmini.  Felmini is all about youth and colour, creating distinctive, cosmopolitan and unique shoes. They use young designers to create footwear that reflects fashion trends but still keep their originality. Another brand that blew us away this season is Mjus using the best Italian leather. Mjus brings us a raw elegance using distinctive, high quality leathers combined with rough materials, textures and earthy tones. We are also thrilled to be bringing you guys both Vero Moda and Pieces this season, two of the leading women’s fashion labels from Bestsellers. Their modern fun styles reflect the latest fashion trends at affordable prices. Of course the season would not be complete without our reliables, the brands that never let us down and that you guys continue to ask for season after season, brands such as Wonders, Hogl, Alpe and Tamaris.

So guys, thats it from GDS A/W 16 collection, enjoy browsing the pics from an amazing two days of shoe shopping in Germany. Don’t forget to follow us on facebook and instagram and you can also subscribe to our website for regular updates on our new stock arriving daily. Thanks for stopping by.

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