MAGIC Countdown: Leslie Gallin, UBM President of Footwear, Talks Trends

In Industry Experts, What's New by Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Leslie Gallin, President of Footwear, UBM Fashion

Heading to MAGIC and FN Platform for some shoe shopping? We caught up with Leslie Gallin, President of Footwear at UBM Fashion, to lay out the hottest trends to expect at the show.


“The mule trend continues to reign supreme! Beloved for its comfort and versatility, the classic mule can be found in a variety of styles – heeled and flat, open-toe or pointed – making it the perfect fashionista-approved shoe for just about any climate.”


“If there’s one trend that really has legs (pun-intended), it’s the sock boot! The ankle-hugging style has been spotted on the runway and the streets and has showed no signs of slipping away. Found with both chunky or stiletto heels, the sock boot offers a slimming effect that can be dressed up or down.”



“Call this your new neutral, see through shoes are having a moment. When it comes to adding instant edge to any look – the choice is clear!”


“Looking to blend comfort and style? This trend offers a sophisticated take on the chunky athletic sneaker sported by your “Average Joe.” Bespoke sneakers for men can be worn from day-to-night and give a laid-back vibe that’s still buttoned up!”


“Footwear made by robots sounds like something out of a movie, but, it’s an industry trend that is growing in popularity. From 3-D printing to robots hand making shoes, the future of fashion is looking to tech-made products for efficiency and style!”

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