Buyers at the Fashion and Finished Products Spring Show of the Asia-Pacific Leather Fair '97 will get plenty of clues as to footwear and handbag trends for the coming autumn/winter season. From timeless feminine stilettos, to contemporary safari-style riding boots, trendy teenage clogs with Cuban heels and novelty children's shoes, Italy, not surprisingly, sets the pace of things to come. Fashion themes come into focus under four categories: town wear, leisure wear, teenage wear and children's wear. Town classics embrace Central European rigour, balancing elegance with function. Nappe, polished kidskin, sophisticated printed leathers and super-soft effects are fashioned in a variety of attractive shapes and colours. Low boots, moccasins laced in men's style, covered heels, soles in light leather and gold micro buckles are the hallmark of city chic. Rounded semi-rigid bags with covered chain shoulder straps complete the look. Fashion twists to look for are spool-shaped heels, square toes and the use of embossed leather, and coloured or patch suede. Moccasins, low-cut shoes and boots are in vogue and typify the up-to-the-minute attitude. Evening glamour features high fashion. Eye-catching stilettos and cuts and zips in contrasting colours show off shapely ankles. Enamelled metals, calf skin, pearl- grey python, satin and lacquer finishes dominate heels and bases, and are tipped to be autumn/winter favourites. Leisure wear adopts the spirit of adventure, making lots of use of pigskin, buffalo, suede and greased calf leathers. Design elements hint of safari, with heavy leather bases and heels to footwear ranging from belted boots to trendy ankle-snug models with fringes and laces. Inspired by the hit movie Evita, teenage wear pays homage to Madonna. Sexy, trashy, funny or full of irony, the look is always seductive - and hip. Fake fur, polished laminates, stretch lace inserts, smeared waterproof denim, suede and split or scratched leather will be all the rage with the young and fashion-loving next season. Meanwhile, children's shoes are playful and make the most of their entertainment value, with cartoon prints and in-built novelty gadgets to keep youngsters amused. Transparent rubber bases and corrugated rubber soles are popular as laced shoes and anatomic boots with air chamber soles, low and high galoshes are the choice for the chilly season. School satchels on wheels are another fun idea.