It’s going to be a casual and comfortable spring ’17 season with major color stories, according to retailers shopping the Atlanta Shoe Market. The show, held from Aug. 20- 22 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, had stores such as Dale’s Shoes in Daytona Beach, Fla., on the hunt for footwear in a softer color range. “We came for brighter, [yet] lightercolors,” said owner Russell Dotson. “We’re seeing a lot of desert colors,” said Becca Bramhall, co-owner of Ft. Collins,Colo.-based Clothes Pony. “These [shades] go great in Colorado — especially sage brush, a color found in nature. It’s agreat coincidence when trends work in our region.” Like Bramhall, Michael Kerstein, co-owner of Simons Shoes inBrookline, Mass., is banking on neutrals as a fresh color option. “There are good browns and beiges,” he said. “But theyhave to have depth to the leathers.” Retailers were also on the same page when it came to silhouette. “We’re looking forore espadrilles,” said Manassas, Va.-based Comfort One president Maurice Breton, who plans to market them aggressively.“They’re a look currently not in our customers’ closets.”

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