Boys will be boys…

Eryn Behan

Eryn Behan

For summer, boys’ footwear offers a hint of nostalgia, with styles for lads channelling nautical and retro themes. Ginger Trend Consulting for Mudpie gets the lowdown.

Eryn Behan is director of Ginger Trend Consulting, the exclusive agent for UK trend forecaster Mudpie and its online platform MPDClick, and a provider of fashion forecast services and consumer insight trends to the fashion and interior design industries throughout Australasia.

Cruise-inspired sandals are a must-have this summer for boys. For casual styling, think continental themes and nautical inspired colours. Be sure to include leather sandals or thongs in your range for that authentic cruise look.

For a smarter look ‘sensible shoes’ were prominent in the SS10 boys’ runway collections, with key designers such as Billionaire and Larrana introducing old fashioned, preppy styling through the use of tan leathers on penny loafers or soft to muted hues against brilliant whites.

And for play, ‘retro sneakers’ are a firm favourite on the market and fail safe investment this season. Adopt this look for footwear by adding colour blocking to sneakers, Velcro and lace combinations, or try white striping across primary colours.

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