Italy was the first part of my research, shopping trip. After a few days at Lineapelle,  I had the opportunity to go to Florence and check out the shops and street scene.

From the time I got off the plane, boots were all over place. Everything from ankle boots, to motorcycle boots, and probably the most present trend in Florence, in my opinion, was over the knee boots. Every other girl, woman, older woman had on a pair of over the knee boots.

Spring footwear was starting to come out in the stores, and there were also lots of boots for Spring.  Everything ranging from over the knee closed toe boots, over the knee open toe boots, slouchy boots, etc. I definitely saw more knee height boots than ankle boots.

Spring Colors were much lighter such as Lt. grey, Beige, Tan both light and dark, White  Red, Hot Pink, and Denim blue. Boots were mainly in suede or textile. Black was hardly present for Spring. It played more of an accent color.

Motorcycle boot looks

Motorcycle boot looks

Boots with zippers

Boots with zippers

Open toe boots

Open toe boots

boots

Huarache style boots, lots of boots and sandals with thong ideas...oh, and you can't forget cowboy boots and shooties

Another trend included casual lifestyle footwear. During the time, I lived in Spain a few years ago, I would travel to Italy often, and it was not much of a trend to see  girls wear uber casual shoes. I always felt that Italy was a fashionable city with women wearing heels, dressier type  footwear like sandals with rhinestones, chains, wedges but  on the dressier side. However, this year I found casual footwear to be everywhere ranging from fashion athletic, moccasins, or Ugg boots.

Fashion athletic looks with hardware

Fashion athletic looks with hardware

Boot Moccasin looks

Boot Moccasin looks

Uggs and Moccasins

Uggs and Moccasins

More mocs and casual looks

More mocs and casual looks

More trends include:

Transfer Studded Hardware

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sloucy-rhine-boots

Heavy Hardware

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heavy-hardware

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slouchy-boots

Slouchy open toe boots and booties

slouchy-sandals

Slouchy/cuffed sandals

Clog

Clogs

perfs

Perfed/Laser cut natural leathers.

Meshes

Mesh uppers/ Sport influenced sandals

Zippers

Zipper detailing- two tone

ruffles

Ruffles

Sock detailing

Sock detailing

strap-sexy-looks

Strappy sexy heels with large rhinestone details

Men's wear inspired looks for women.

Men's wear inspired looks for women.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with my shopping excursion in Florence. Generally speaking, I found Florence to be small and limiting. Yes, the footwear has always been beautiful, well crafted, and designers like Prada, Ferragamo, and Louis Vuitton are always surprising us, but I found there was not much variety with categories. This time around, I was pleasantly surprised to see some changes and new explorations amongst the Italians. Sport is coming on stronger in the stores and with the people on the streets. Casual footwear is spreading ferociously. Dress shoes continue to be a strong suit for the Italians.  The one thing I will touch on lightly here is pricing. I found the footwear to be available for all pocket sizes. You can get a ballerina for 60 euros that was made in Italy and the design is very nice or you can buy a boot for 145 euros or a sandal for 500 euros. There were a lot of options and it’s something I see missing in the states. Stay tuned for more of that when I write about my shopping trip in Barcelona!!!