Simple yet elegant

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 September, 2010, 12:00am

Biker-inspired and vintage leather boots are among this season's most popular footwear trends for men. The usage of duel-colour tones is also prominent, with an emphasis on stone grey and various shades of brown, says Freda Lee, head of marketing communications at Fairton International Group, which stocks Fratelli Rossetti and Lloyd.

Footwear at Fratelli Rossetti reflects a masculine spirit while remaining simple yet elegant. Calfskin uppers display darker, airbrushed areas, while nubuck skins have a similar appearance, featuring polished areas, as do the suedes which have dye-blackened zones at the tip and rear section of the upper. This season the brand has launched the tasselled Brera loafer, dedicated to the historic, artistic and trendy district in Milan.

At Lloyd, personality and individuality are prominent themes, with a clear focus on comfort. Even business shoes are decidedly casual and relaxed - without losing their stylish appeal. Chelsea and desert boots, half-boots and buckled shoes are just some of the winners in the coming season as they are both youthful and contemporary, and can be worn with a variety of different looks. For a touch more eccentricity, choose biker boots in vintage leathers with an elaborate finish or striking military boots with a treaded sole. The Lloyd soles have a new innovation - they are now biodegradable. Thanks to a newly developed material, the rubber mix is fully compostable and so re-enters the ecological cycle very quickly. Along with black, they are available in darker tones such as dark brown, anthracite and Bordeaux.

Replay features leather shoes inlaid with studs, and in colours ranging from indigo to green, blue and brown. And at Calvin Klein for men, boots have oval tips, while the brand's shoes are slip-on or lace-up.