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The Pouch Shoe

Gentle Gathers and Sculptural Shapes

Livetrend has been tracking the trend for pouffy and rushed shoes since Proenza Schouler’s AW 20/21 collection. After the success of Bottega Veneta The Pouch bag and accelerated through the comfort-craze and new home-based lifestyles during the pandemic, this trend seems to start spreading at a more commercial level now. Padded shapes, that create gentle volumes and softly sculptured forms, are a key message towards consumers with a focus on wellness, well-being and versatility. Pouchy Shoes are great for indoors but also transition into workwear and evening-wear looks. Adaptable to a wide range of your footwear assortment, the gathered details can be implemented on ballet flats, slides, mules and heels. Playing the contrast between structured leather and gentle volume creates a more subtle luxury feel, while satin or velvet qualities are generating a more indulgent and elegant look. The PreFall 21 shows have also presented different adaptions of this soft volume effect. It is brands like Nanushka, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini and Philip Lim, who have worked around the topic this season. The trend has also gained momentum with more independent instagram brands, such as NEOUS and Reikenen, which suggest that the most fashionable influencers are increasingly hooked on this aesthetic on socials. With soft pouch volumes expected to stick around, bring a more edgy and updated feel via squared toe or pointy shapes. Make sure to create your soft-volume footwear to not miss out on this cozy and comfortable key-piece.