SPRING/SUMMER 2021 | Footwear trends by DOLITA
Fashion is mostly enjoyed by the public when it resonates with people’s everyday conversations. Everyday subjects dictate new colors and shapes to footwear designers. Inspiration is often sought in archival collections, current events, the general state of the world, and the new way of life. Fashion has become a true game of life and its colors have become vitamins for the eyes and soul.
We would like to present to you the spring/summer trends of 2021 according to DOLITA:
- According to Pantone, the colors of 2021 are yellow and grey;
- Yellow is like a vitamin to the eyes!;
- Trendy and never boring grey;
- A pastel painting;
- The rebirth of the Groupie phenomenon | 60s rock;
- Maximum comfort is in style! Ballerina shoes;
- The perfect ankle boots;
- Esthetics of comfort. Slip-on shoes;
- Ascetic minimalism;
- A vision for the future! Sneakers.
The mixed feelings of worry and hope caused by the global pandemic are what led Pantone to name not one but two colors for 2021. “Ultimate grey”, which symbolizes our concentration and strength, and “Illuminating” yellow, which gives off optimism and vibrance. This color duo sends the message of strength and hope, which is especially important to people today. These two colors have previously appeared in footwear as silver, copper, gold, and later as Italian sunkissed lemon and picturesque grey.
The combination of restrained gray and cheerful yellow is a particularly aesthetically harmonious duo. According to Pantone, the union of these colors expresses the importance of strength and positivity. In fashion, the message that is conveyed to the customer is extremely important, whether it be a message about quality, sustainability, long-term trends, the power of colors and emotions, unexpected shapes, or the materials used in the production of footwear and accessories.
This is extremely important in fashion. Especially when forming new seasonal collections for clients, introducing the accents, colors, or brands of the season, and when forming a strong, stylish, and high-quality face for the collection. Let’s turn a new leaf in fashion and start the season off in a positive light, wearing exclusive shoes. After all, there’s a reason why people say: to create a certain mood, all you need is bright shoes!
Yellow is like a vitamin to the eyes!
“Illuminating“ is a bright and extremely positive shade of yellow that evokes joy, positive emotions, and inspires hope. It’s as if this color is filled with vibrant solar energy that you want to share with others. We start off the spring/summer footwear trends of 2021 on this especially positive note.
Stylish yellow, gold and copper colors dominate in most Italian collections. One of the best examples of this is the Vic Matie collection, where there’s lots of extra soft calfskin and glossy leather.
In the Premiata collection, there’s lots of aged gold. Laminated and perforated leather and its subtle but luxurious shine will decorate your tan body perfectly. Combine such shoes and sandals with minimalistic but strict clothing. For summer, you should focus not only on the selection of leather and color but also on a comfortable heel height, a leather sole, and the sewing construction.
This brand’s sports line is decorated in gold details that give the shoes a dash of luxury. You can combine such shoes with evening wear, as well as with shorts. This new approach to modern fashion and the image it creates is truly interesting. Minimalism is being replaced by “more is more” and the latter is being replaced by an even newer concept called “normcore”, or simply a normal and non-restrictive direction of fashion that views casualty and comfort as much more important than the usual whims of fashion.
Del Carlo offers models with glossy leather and modern shoe shapes. This brand pays extra attention to footwear constructions. It’s as if a complete and Italian design is in their DNA. Simply perfect and flawless.
We admit – when a new season begins and a new collection is stacked on shelves, we often remember not the themes or trends of collections but rather the ingenuity, creativity, and imagination of designers. Starting off with the weirdest decorations, shapes, colors, and finishing off with comical solutions that we once viewed with light irony but now every client of ours wants to wear and show off in the city streets with a cup of coffee in her hands. This is precisely what Halmanera sandals are all about.
Try to remember the last time you wondered about what was in style. Was it was when you were choosing your fall coat? Or maybe when you were reviewing the contents of your closet for the next season? Have you ever unexpectedly or even somewhat sarcastically asked yourself, “will THIS be in style?” We can tell you with certainty that everything that is eternal is fashionable. This is precisely what Rocco P. shoes are all about. The iconic shapes and western-style ankle boots are what everyone needs in their closets! Especially if they’re made by craftsmen who use century-old footwear sewing traditions and methods. By the way, in addition to the color yellow, one of the most striking trends of the season is an oversized chain!
To continue the subject of “forever in style”, we’d like to share some colors and shapes from Pantanetti.
There’s a bit less yellow for men this season but the impressive Attimonelli’s model is a true vitamin.
Trendy and never boring grey
The second color of the year according to Pantone is grey. This color is often used in figurative statements, where a gray adjective usually means “simple”, “boring”, “invisible”. But not in fashion! Grey or silver shoes are this season’s must-haves. They’re just like black – easy to combine with anything and always in style.
While this color symbolizes neutrality and serenity, it’s universal because it’s compatible with all chromatic and achromatic colors. The new color trend is a very interesting combination that merges the strict mod style of the sixties with sterile and clean future esthetics, and the final accents are made up of grey and silver, which have become the hit of the season.
This color is dominant in Premiata, P448, Fru.it, Moma, Vic Matie, and other collections.
A pastel painting
Designers who have experimented for several seasons with earthy colors such as cream, brown, bright red, and green, are focusing on their pastel tones this season. It’s like a feminine and ephemeral dance or painting of a never-ending summer.
Vitamins for the eyes, peace for the soul… refreshing and light – these key epithets can be used to describe this range of colors that has completely taken over the runways. Footwear models remind us of pastels by Edgar Degas.
The 3JUIN collection features a truly picturesque color palette. These colors predominate not only in shoes and sandals but also in sneakers.
Sandals are sandals, high heels are high heels, slippers are slippers… Everything is seemingly simple and clear. However, for several seasons now, designers have been abandoning stereotypes and making a complete 360. “Less theory, more passion for life’’ – this is the motto behind the new “double” sneakers and sports sandals that designers are offering.
Massive, hyperbolized shapes and pastel colors! What a contrast! What’s fascinating is that the models, which are made using a 3D printer, look extremely light and refreshing. The colors range from mint ice cream to strawberry sherbet.
New-in: Kalisste! Brightly-colored eclectic models decorated with details of Japanese geta sandals. Retro heels, squared noses, toe loop slip-ons – a true New York dream of Carrie from Sex And The City. Every fashionista will be jealous of your shoes, and once you share them on Instagram, you’ll receive hundreds, if not thousands, of likes.
Freedom and an urban style are dominant in the Primabase collection. With their sneakers, it’s as if each shoe has names of big cities that were hand-sprayed on with graffiti. Summer in the city! From London and Berlin to the Miami sun and ocean. Holographic glitter, pastel-colored glossy leather, tennis-shoe-style shapes.
The Premiata sneaker collection has lots of contrast: pastel colors are combined with bright neon colors, black, deep blue, and pink.
Retro pink, pastel powder, beige… These colors are especially common in Pretty Ballerinas and Paloma Barcelo. This color palette is complemented with some bright yellow, sky blue, and faded green.
Espadrilles should absolutely be part of your travel suitcase. Think about the thousands-year-old espadrille production traditions, hand-woven ropes from jute, linen, straw, and esparto grass. Ballerinas and espadrilles are the perfect vacation shoes.
Elena Iachi designers love contrast. Contrasts are just as impressive in real life as they are in fashion, right? Futuristic sneakers and hand-painted flowers. “Fascinating!” is the only suitable description.
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them” – Henri Matisse.
Retro stylistics are inseparable from pastel colors, no matter what they may remind you of: your childhood crayons, your mom’s dresses, or your aunt’s summer cards from Italian resorts. The iconic red Halmanera heel has been “painted” in all pastel colors.
Nude brown, which has been dominating in footwear fashion ever since 2017, still doesn’t seem to be moving from the shelves of top stores and will likely remain for many seasons to come. Once only present in paintings, this color now strongly dominates in fashion. No, we’re not talking about nudity or eroticism in fashion. We’re talking about the dominance of the color nude in fashion.
The palette of this color is extremely feminine and elegant, bold and unexpected – it’s as if a naked body is presented in paintings by artists of different eras: from Sandro Botticelli and Ludwig Feuerbach to Henri Matisse.
The year-long admiration for the seventies marks the end of the minimalist era in our closets, as well as our lives. A modern woman no longer wishes to give in to the cult of youth – she knows that even if she’s older, she can experiment with fashion through shapes and colors and she can wear unique shoes. What is this woman like? You won’t find her at any big parties or music festivals – she spends her spring and summer nights in country villas, quoting French philosophers while discussing everyday topics. Dialogues of intellectual fashion.
Probably one of the most difficult to define but easiest to notice trends of the season is the rebirth of the so-called groupie phenomenon. From Western-style boots to shoes decorated in metal details. Designers are once again remembering not only the most influential rock artists but also the entertained fangirls that were often photographed next to them. Although their photos often remain nameless, these girls were precisely the quiet style icons that shaped the ideal image of a party girl for many decades. The girl who is desired even by those most desired.
Long legs are highlighted by high heels and the gaze is highlighted by intense smoky makeup and heavy bangs. This girl has come a long way since the seventies and you can be sure that she’ll soon be even more well-known than her boyfriend…
The collection is full of 80s-style heels and platforms, rocker rivets and buckles, and shoe shapes reminiscent of retro classics. Footwear fashion is turning into a wearable work of art.
Maximum comfort is in style! Ballerina shoes
How did these shoes “step down” from the stage and into our everyday wardrobes? To this day, the most iconic design that brought ballerina shoes into fashion was when Brigette Bardot appeared wearing ballerinas in 1956.
The actress appeared in Roger Vadim’s movie And God Created Woman wearing red ballerinas. These shoes received lots of attention on-screen, as well as off-screen. In 1957, another style icon Audrey Hepburn appeared in the movie Funny Face wearing a pair of black ballerinas. And suddenly, these shoes became just as iconic as the little black dress.
Give your feet a rest from tiring high heels and put on some ballerinas, the selection of which is huge: pointed, round, with buckles and laces, a small heel, or decorated with various prints and textures. Wrinkled leather is currently the most popular choice.
The perfect ankle boots
This time, we’ve selected several styles of “Made in Italy” ankle boots that not only meet the newest trends but will also easily blend into your everyday spring and summer wardrobe.
When choosing ankle boots, it’s very important to pay attention to the leather, its softness and processing method. Italians offer only the best. Perfectly processed leather and designer silhouettes. This season, designers drew inspiration from archival collections, changing up a detail or two, a color, or an accessory. Time-tested models have been reborn.
Esthetics of comfort. Slip-ons
These shoes are simply a must in your travel suitcase. They’re comfortable, lightweight, don’t take up too much space, and go great with jeans, wide lightweight pants, shorts, or even long dresses. This type of footwear is perfect not only for traveling and exploring the city but also for getting dressed up for dinner by wearing them instead of high heels. They’re perfect with classic clothing, so they’re yet another great investment into your office attire.
Italian designers focus first and foremost on comfort. Freedom of movement, minimalistic shapes, and the highest-quality leather – all of this is like the signature of these brands.
The flexible Sachetto sole construction ensures maximum comfort throughout your journey. Your feet won’t get tired as quickly and you’ll be able to walk much further distances. Leather soles and extra soft leather with colors ranging from sun-faded sail white to terracotta, reminiscent of the roofs of Italian resorts.
New for men at DOLITA – a.testoni. Italian Amedeo Testoni opened his first workshop in 1929 and to this day continues to use the old sewing secrets of Bologna craftsmen.
Old footwear sewing traditions and unique ideas formed the basis for this company to develop and expand. The brand continues to focus mainly on quality and its philosophy combines original, technical, and esthetic solutions.
THE PIUMA RAPID PATENT
This brand’s symbol of mastery is the Piuma Rapid construction: a revolutionary process performed only by hand, exclusively patented by a.testoni. The result: an extremely lightweight shoe that completely insulates the foot from heat, cold, and humidity.
For sewing, a.testoni also uses the typical Norwegian construction. Hand-woven or seamed linen ropes are used here. Mountain dwellers of Northern Europe used this ancient technique for sewing their own shoes.
The Bolognese construction and the classic Goodyear method are also used.
Another new brand for men at DOLITA is Roberto Botticelli. This is a family brand that continues to cherish deep family traditions in footwear production. Although the brand itself is still young, it has already successfully discovered its customer who values quality and impeccable Italian design. In the collection, you’ll find lots of soft, braided, embossed, and perforated leather. The lightness and flexibility of moccasins guarantee maximum comfort.
Sandals. Ascetic minimalism
Horizontal, vertical, and zigzagged. Laces, ribbons, and lines. Ascetic minimalism has taken over the hearts of Italian designers. Was this inspired by 70s architecture? Or the perfect Japanese esthetic? Or maybe by the desire to create everything according to the “principle of rejection”? Allowing both the eyes and feet to rest. Here, you’ll find lots of clean lines, calm colors, strict proportions and, of course, incredible comfort.
Vic Matie and Del Carlo
“We don’t just want to demonstrate trends and our new designs. We want to demonstrate our attitude” – it’s as if for several seasons now, designers have agreed to create and shape a completely new attitude of fashion.
a.testoni ir Mattia Capezzani
A vision for the future! Sneakers.
The phenomenon of sneakers was born back in 2015. Back then, when we’d ask anyone rhetorically what they thought they’d be wearing in five years, they’d answer – sneakers. It would be no surprise if anyone answered this question today in the exact same way. But what will future models look like? If you think there’s no way to surprise you anymore, then you’re in for a treat!
Comfort and uniqueness are always in fashion. One of the main requirements in footwear is comfort. To ensure maximum comfort, manufacturers turn to the latest technologies. For example, thanks to collaborations between different disciplines, it’s possible to create materials enriched with bacteria that react to changes in temperature and prevent sweating in the feet. For added comfort, even 3D printers are used!
Ever since their appearance at the beginning of the 20th century, the strongest innovators in footwear history are, without a doubt, sneakers. Their appearance was influenced by the technological breakthrough in the production of vulcanized rubber, and for a century now, sneakers have remained the true prophets of the future. Only the newest materials and technologies are used in sneaker production. Manufacturers and designers are increasingly using technical fabrics: satin, mesh, and the same nylon that is used in the production of sails for ships!
The future sneaker trends and guidelines are being dictated by Philippe Model and Premiata. The soles alone have special airbags that make them look like spaceships. Not to mention the shapes, colors, and variety of materials used.
This is a dialogue between comfort and design. Each model of Premiata sneakers is patented, so you can be sure you’re wearing a truly unique design.
The collection is full of satin, perforated leather, glossy mesh, graphic ornaments inspired by the city, sparkly details, mesh fabrics.
Pay attention to the extremely light sole, which, just like great weather, doesn’t need much description. You need to feel it for yourself.
The term “sneakers” comes from the word “sneak”. Ironically, sneakers were far from “sneaky” back when they took their first steps. They shouted out to the world loudly and proudly, “We’re here!”.
New at DOLITA – Italian brand 2Star. This is another “Made in Italy” sneaker manufacturer that dictates the market’s ”glam-rock“ trends for him and her. Here, there’s lots of aged leather, glossy details, and vulcanized rubber soles. The sneakers are decorated with two stars, which are the symbol of the brand.
A similar style prevails in Primabase and P448 models.
Today, fashion just wants to scream out loud that it’s independent and it doesn’t need to rely on anything anymore. All it needs is to experiment and search for innovations. However, every self-respecting Italian fashion house and designer still combines innovative fashion, design, and creativity with traditions and history. Perhaps this way they give fashion a new taste without stripping it of the classic form of footwear.
Fashion is a form of pleasure that entices both its creator and followers. We often forget that the specificity and passion of fashion lie in its color and shape. The passion is so strong that it hides in minimalistic forms decorated with a mere few leather strips, small details, or unexpectedly-colored heels.
Here’s a little secret: the colors of spring/summer 2022 will be purple and orange.