On Trend: Gravitypope talks spring footwear
Spring has finally sprung, and that means summer is just around the corner – and with it, the pleasures of warm weather footwear
by Alberta Venture Staff
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To figure out what you should be adding to your rotation, we sat down – well, stood – with Chelsea Gotell, the store manager at Gravitypope’s Calgary location, to talk about what’s in for 2014 for men and women.
- Panton, Megumi Ochi; $315
- Track Shoe, Common Projects; $495
- 0580, Gravitypope; $195
- Marianne, Clarks x Orla Kiely; $240
- Flat floral, MOMA; $445
- Achilles Low Top, Common Projects; $450
- Thilo Oak, Paul Smith; $470
- Chaplin, Swear x Keith Haring; $320
- Zulma pointed shoe,T&F Slack; $245
- 01314, Gravitypope; $175
- Vonnegut, Mr. Hare; $685
- Rumba, Chie Mihara; $380
- Charlotte, Swear x Keith Haring; $270
- Edition 3, National Standard; $315
- Stanley, Grenson; $375.
Photograph Ryan Girard
In Living Colour First it was coloured socks. And now, it seems, that colour is migrating down to the shoes themselves. One of the key looks for 2014 is a formal shoe with a subtle splash of colour. And whether it’s a teal sole, navy laces or contrast stitching, the look is intended to blend fun with formality. “It’s another way to add something a little bit interesting to a really classic suit,” Gotell says.
Business Casual Think all sneakers are made equal? Then you clearly haven’t tried a pair of the upscale leather ones that are going to be big in 2014. They combine high-quality leathers and craftsmanship with low-key styling, and can help you bridge the divide between business and casual. “It’s like a well-made dress shoe, except it’s a sneaker,” Gotell says. “And they’re beautiful.”
What’s Old is New Again It seems that New Balance sneakers have become a fashion item – again. “I think a lot of people remember them from their childhood, and it’s cool to wear them again,” Gotell says. “So why not?” Good news: you can also choose from Adidas, Vans and other vintage names if you’re looking to pull off the retro-hipster vibe.
Back in Black (and White) You’re going to be seeing a lot of these two colours together this spring and summer, Gotell says. “Black and white is really popular in woven leather shoes,” she says, “but also in stripes and prints.” These could come in the form of a checkerboard pattern on a heel, contrasting solids on a shoe or some other configuration. But rest assured – they’re coming.
Make Your Point It’s still too early to tell, but 2014 may be the year of the pointy flat. Gotell says she’s seeing a lot of them in a lot of different colours, and says its versatility is what might make it the shoe of the season for women. “It’s a summer shoe – it has the open sides – but it’s still really classic, and the shape is easy to wear,” she says. “You can dress it up or dress it down.”
Remixed What happens when you take a traditional shoe shape and combine it with something a bit more daring? You get a great summer shoe, Gotell says. “Anything that’s a little bit different but with a really classic silhouette is great – a new take on a loafer with a bit of metallic, for example, or a patterned heel on a pump. It could be the leather, it could be the colour – but all the shapes are really classic shapes.”