By  on August 17, 2009

A basic, unadorned shoe has virtually no reason to exist anymore. These days, it’s all about footwear with notice-me shelf appeal — extra buckles and wrapping straps, exposed zippers, ruffles, pleating, topstitching, earthy polished stones and flat studs. Even stretch-fit shoes, after several strong seasons, are trending downward because they curl up and don’t display decorative detail well, said several vendors planning to show at WWDMAGIC.

“The trend is overembellishment,” said Sheena

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