Retail Preview: What’s in Store for Fall ’16 at DSW

In What's New, Industry News by Accessories Staff

Since its inception in 1991, DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) has aimed to be a source of affordable footwear across the nation. Now with over 400 stores in the U.S., the shoe retailer has more than achieved this goal, given its expanding product portfolio (bags, cold weather gear, among others) for budget-conscious shoppers. Now, DSW is putting additional emphasis on selling more fashionable accessories, as well as bringing in more exclusive branded merchandise.

Just recently, DSW held its Fall 2016 preview at The Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo to show off what are coming for the next season.

“We want to make sure that our customers, especially women, can get everything that they need for their casual, everyday lifestyles when they shop in our stores,” says Regina Popp, DSW’s fashion trend director. “We have observed that our customers also feel that fit is very important. For example, we’re bringing in an exclusive over-the-knee boot style from Marc Fisher called Epic. It comes in suede and can be adjustable. Generally, most of our consumers want iconic casual styles because their lives can be very demanding. A lot of women want chic shoes that they can wear as well from day to night.”

Some key items for Fall 2016 include suede and velvet shoes, faux fur stoles and a variation of medium-sized handbags in solid colors. Here’s a breakdown of what are in the pipeline from DSW for Fall ’16.



Shoes with a strapped/tied-up look are going to be trending this year.



Menswear-inspired shoes are making their way into women’s. Look for oxfords and brogues in materials like suede, patent and metallic leather fabrics.



Wearing covered slip-ons can be casually comfy chic, as well as carrying a simple leather handbag with metal hardware and a top handle.




Some classics, like sneakers in neutral or dark colors, are just here to stay.


This mid-top tan sneaker gets a Western makeover through some fringes. Where are the cowgirls?



Stella McCartney mixed prints and neons for one of her shoes for Adidas.



For the chilly months of Fall 2016, adjustable over-the-knee boots keep legs warm and on trend .




Expect some ’60s flair to hit stores, with retro-inspired Mary Janes and booties in many variations such as shiny patent leather, colorblocking, plaids and even glitter.


A laidback option for Mod? Flats.



Velvet is going to be big for Fall 2016, and these boots illustrate it. Adding a touch of guilt-free opulence are accessories such as stoles and pom-pom key chains in artificial fur.



Conquer the outdoors come winter! These lumberchic functional boots are meant for walking (and strutting, too).


Fleece-lined boots and chunky beanies may help you beat the chills for Fall 2016. Unlike Queen Elsa, the cold can bother us anyway.




Guitar straps are hot for the season, such as this Steve Madden exclusive for DSW.


Boho chic isn’t always parallel with trying to look like a hippie flower child. Sometimes, a few pairs of solid-colored boots are good enough to subtly go boho, especially if they have details like fringe and cutouts.


–Eugene Y. Santos

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