Kate Bellman, Nordstrom Inc.
Associate fashion director
“The singular must-have of the season is the statement boot — seen in bold, impactful color or high-voltage patent shine and metallics. There is such a great variety of silhouettes [including] extreme slouch, a sporty sock and fierce stiletto lace-ups. Western continues to emerge and can be done both refined and sophisticated or with a nod to Americana kitsch. Interesting heel shapes push the dress movement forward. Kitten heels in particular signal toward the retro revival that will be so important this season. Creative materials such as Lucite and metals are also a new direction in heel interest. Overall, footwear has become fun again.”
Durand Guion, Macy’s Inc.
Men’s fashion director
“For men’s, we are excited about the next iteration of the chukka boot as unexpected color, pattern and mixed-media details inject new life into a menswear classic. Boots are always a key trend component during the fall/winter season, and we are bullish on renewed interest in hiking-inspired boots as seen on the European runways. In addition, we will be on the lookout for Western-inspired boots, and although this trend is in its infancy, it is something the customer does not have in his closet. There is also