Leather prevalent in shoe collections at Micam

Italy
Published:  08 September, 2015

The 80th edition of Micam, held on September 1-4, showcased the shoe collections for Spring/Summer 2016. The fair took place at Rho exhibition grounds in Milan.

The event was divided according to themes into different pavilions: Active, Luxury, Contemporary, Urban, Cosmopolitan and Street. A pavilion was dedicated to children’s shoes and the event also featured an international designers’ area.

Regardless of the themes, styles or periods, leather was a key material for most brands present at the exhibition. Despite the trend for wedges, flats still marked their presence in almost every style. Gladiator type sandals continue on the upward trend and there seemed to be less exotic leather such as python in the luxury pavilion but more interesting, complex designs. Ankle boots, peep toes and sandals laced up to the knees had a strong presence.

Despite the slow global economy, 30,800 visitors made their way to Micam, according to the organisers, with the second day of the show being the busiest.

Over the four days workshops and seminars were organised, which reflected the current situation of the industry. According to Assocalzaturifici (The Italian Footwear Manufacturers’ Association), shoe production in Italy is down 3.2% and over 60 shoe factories have closed their doors in the first half of 2015.

Questions were raised with regards to the situation in Russia and China, the regulations on counterfeiting and the new possible harmonisation of both national and international laws as well as the future materials used in the industry.

Darkwood, an expanding brand from Turkey which produces 1 million pairs a year, was very pleased with the event. The company representatives on stand told ILM that they had made several contacts with Italians and Greek buyers but few Russians.

Darkwood stand at Micam
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