A few months ago, while at a client design presentation, I noticed that a lot of the shoe sketches on the boards had dual closures. Granted this isn’t a new trend, but I couldn’t help but ask myself, “Why do we have buckles (or laces) and zippers in one shoe?” Have women become lazy (or maybe too busy to be bothered) , that we can’t buckle a few straps? Or is this something that designers have created? Maybe it’s a way to hide a bad last, and you want to cover your asses (I mean bases)?
After that meeting, and telling the VP of design that I didn’t think we needed so many closure options in one shoe (he said let’s leave it), I started to notice many brands (especially mid to low tier) are on the dual closure bandwagon.
One brand I really admire for keeping things authentic is Ancient Greek Sandals. I noticed their very detailed, but cool gladiator sandals did not have any zippers. I made a comment on their instagram about that and their response, ” No zippers in the relic days! ” Yes, they are friggin right!! We have become spoiled and lazy!
What do you feel about zippers and buckles/laces in one shoe? Must we have both ? (unless it’s of course technically necessary. ) Is their a need for multiple options? Does it look messy to have both? Or are you indifferent?
Here are some of my favorite designers who keep it simple and to the point!