Key footwear trends: SS18

Key footwear trends: SS18

With the new season in full swing it’s about time we start looking at some of the key footwear trends for the coming months. It seems, again, no one can agree on any single style that will dominate the Spring/Summer footwear market, but here are a few of our tips for success this Summer.

Statement Trainers:

For the most part statement trainers have been ruled by the “dad trainer”, which we noticed during our time at Paris Fashion week earlier this year. The chunky sole unit has had a huge impact on fashion over the past few seasons now. These pseudo-tech runners are all about exaggeration and are often designed for a provocative response. adidas Originals’ Twinstrike Adv provides a spectacular take on the dad shoe. It’s mixture of tech features and bold colouring makes it an ideal statement trainer and potentially one of adidas’ most exciting silhouettes in recent memory. They’re billed by adidas as a “high-energy” trainer with a “chunky profile” and are filled with tech that delivers true comfort.

Elsewhere AMI Paris take a more refined approach to the look in the form of their Neoprene Sneaker. It’s sweeping sole unit remains the focal point but a luxuriously designed upper, complete with neoprene sock, adds a dose of understatement to the shoe. Our final statement trainer is the Cosmo Mix by Dutch brand Filling Pieces. It marks a departure from the brand’s usual offering, but a positive one. The bold design, which is available in two metallic colourways as well as a subtler look offers a complex design lends itself to stepping out of the mould with your footwear this summer.

Luxe Trainers:

For those less interested in standing out from the crowd, but still looking for a fashion forward footwear look this season the Luxe Trainer remains a popular trend on the market. Premium materials and sophisticated modern design define this look. Our luxe offering continues to grow with brands such as ETQ. Amsterdam and Nubikk bolstering the group, but this season’s pick has to be the Retro Trainer by Maison Margiela. Loosely based on a vintage German army trainer, the Retro Trainer is both refined and luxurious. The white leather upper contrasts with grey suede accenting, giving the trainer a minimalist aesthetic. They are a versatile and clean design that would not look out of place on the streets of Milan.

Equally luxurious in their approach are the young British brand Mallet. Founded in 2015, they’ve come a long way since and can now boast one of the strongest luxe trainer inventories in fashion. Their acclaimed Mallet BTLR Elast trainer is a definite winner for the warmer months. It’s simple construction, contrasting with exemplary materials make them a must have.

The Classics:

Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic. Timeless footwear is an investment that’s certainly worth making, low profiles and simple colourways can quite often be your best friends. In this respect the Europeans do it best. French brand Zespa know this all too well, offering their Alpa trainer as the ultimate classic court shoe this season. Premium construction partnered with tonal designs and limited colour accents provide true versatility, they’ll look as at home on the streets on London as they do on the French Riviera.

For a more contemporary take on a court silhouette, look towards Android Homme. Their Propulsion model has all the hallmarks of a tennis shoe but is by no means made for sport. These premium lifestyle pieces blend simple design with the highest quality materials to craft trainers for a truly modern fashion fan.


It’s the Spring/Summer in succession that slides are due to be big. It’s a trend that just doesn’t seem to be going away, and it’s a trend we are fully behind at Tessuti. Noticeably many brands are using slides as yet another avenue to revive the big logo driven styles of the nineties. The Hugo Timeout Slides by BOSS are an elegant example of this particular look, coming in a basic red and black colourway. They have both the understatement and quality we’ve come to expect from BOSS. Another brand to push the logo slide is Moschino. A brand heavily associated with Britain’s early garage scene, the Moschino Print Slide wouldn’t be out of place in a Villa in Ibiza’s rural hills.

Returning to the slide’s athletic poolside routes the adidas Originals Adilette is a classic example of early poolside chic that has endured and seems to be bigger than ever. The three striped strap sits as a shining example of sportswear’s ongoing influence on high fashion and is certain to be huge again this season.

That’s it our comprehensive guide to this season’s best men’s footwear. Explore more men’s footwear here.





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