If The Shoe Fits…

The extended-sizing trend has been gaining steam in the women’s fashion industry (and men’s, too, to some extent) over the past few years, as fashion labels and their collaboration partners release collections for the whole spectrum of consumers, from petit to plus-size.

The trend is not limited to just clothing. Consumers not only want trend-forward apparel, no matter their build, they also want nice-looking shoes, and their feet are just as varied in size and shape as the rest of their bodies.

Recent collaborations in the still-emerging size-inclusive footwear sector include:

  • Shoe label Jeffrey Campbell’s capsule collection with La’Shaunae Steward, a body-positivity activist and plus-size model.
  • Nike’s Virgil Abloh x Nike The TEN collaboration. Nike is also adding extended sizing to some of its other models, including the Air Max and Air Force 1.
  • Shoe maker Aldo and plus-size retailer Addition Elle’s partnership for sandals, heels, and boots. The collaboration also includes cross-body bags to fit consumers of all sizes.
  • Vans’ David Bowie Collection, inspired by the singer’s albums; one of the models, the Sk8-Hi Platform 2.0, is available in extended sizing.

In some collections the range of shoe sizes is broad enough to include items to fit both smaller women and larger men. Such is the intent in the Bowie and Abloh examples above. This strategy is in keeping with another notable recent trend in the world of fashion, as designers increasingly release gender-neutral apparel and accessories assortments.

In case you missed it, we recently posted a detailed look at trends spotted at Licensing Expo 2019, held in Las Vegas last week. Check it out here.

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