I've noticed that there is a big attraction to the retro or "classic" silhouette when it comes to sneakers. Aside from oxfords or a classic dress shoe, I find that athletic footwear allows for more creativity in patterns and risk-taking in color ways. Although it is 2015, it seems as though we are stuck in the past rather than embracing the future in footwear. The industry has proven that we don't have a lack of creativity, but more so a lack of diversity. I no longer go on my Facebook account (it is the DEVIL!), but I'm heavy on Instagram and I follow several top accounts in the footwear industry. I also follow a lot of retailers and one that I enjoy in RIF LA. One thing that I've noticed that I've noticed about there account is that a lot of collectors are getting older and are giving up their "babies" for...babies. Human babies and wives and a house with a grill in the backyard and "his and hers" Toyota Camrys. From this dillution of sneaker abundance brings what we now know as "The Rotation": a 5-10 pair set of shoes that are kept at a minimum and rotated to suit weekly attire. In a nutshell, people are selling their collections for more versatile and neutral colors and silhouettes. Despite a height in design, shoe brands like Timberland, Vans, Converse, Adidas and Nike still stock (and sell) basic designs...and I'm all for it!
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