Posts Tagged ‘Q&A’

LeslieGallin. Approved 8.2019Is it too early to talk about spring 2020 shoe trends? Ah, no! Indeed, it’s just the right time as the shoe show of the year, FN Platform, is coming up February 5-7 in Las Vegas.

Lucky for us, Leslie Gallin, President of Footwear  Informa took time out of her busy schedule for a Question and Answer with OverDressedforLife.

1. How do shoe styles develop?​

Ah, a very good question and could prompt a long response, so here goes in the condensed version.  Since footwear is a utilitarian product, meaning answering the needs for waterproof, activities and safety etc. … this category of footwear is developed based upon lifestyle – trends in developing lighter and more durable and comfort go into the creations.  Fashion – Women’s and Men’s dress shoes – will most likely follow the color trends of the season along with the styling of fashion – pointy toes and heel heights. 

2. Sustainability is a big word in fashion, how is the shoe industry addressing the issue? ​

This is a hot topic – we are seeing more and more footwear brands looking to sustainably and ethically sourced materials. Many companies are looking to reduce their carbon footprint as well.  I think we will be seeing more and more footwear made from plants and recycled materials.

3. There are so many shoes made these days from around the world it seems, and the quality varies. Can you tell us what to look for in a well-crafted pair of shoes? ​

Yes, fit varies based upon the factory where the shoe is made.  There is a tremendous amount of labor – human touch which goes into making shoes. Think about it, the right foot and the left foot must ultimately be identical! This does not happen from a machine.  A sewn sole to the upper of the shoe provides a greater stability and finer shoe.  Quality of the leather, you want a shoe that the more you wear it the more comfortable it feels.  Servicing one’s shoes is important to your health. Think about it –  if the heel of your shoe is worn down that can create an imbalance to your walk and ultimately your back.  Having well serviced shoes helps with your health.  Shoes need to allow your feet to breath, therefore finding a shoe with natural – real leather, sheepskin – fabrics will be a better shoe. 


Leslie says the platform sneaker is back for 2020. We haven’t seen the platform sneaker since the late 90s.

4. Sneakers have been popular lately; do you see that going away or are they here to stay? How might they change to keep interest?

Sneakers are evolving- no longer are they just performance driven.  This generation recognized one does not need to suffer for fashion. It is a youthful look to wear “sneakers” with dresses and suits. We are seeing in men’s shoes an evolution of sorts – combining sneaker insides and soles with the an historic men’s dress shoe upper. I do think the trend of comfort being a wider acceptable factor in our shoes is here to stay.

5. What’s your favorite shoe trend for spring 2020?  ​

My favorite trend for spring- mules for women and the new casual dress shoe for men.

Mules! I just noticed a beautiful pair of mules by Brother Vellies in Harper’s Bazaar. As for sneakers, they are this walking girl’s best friend. Style and comfort all in one. I also agree that taking care of our shoes is essential for our health, pocketbook, and the environment.

Thank you, Leslie! I really appreciate your shoe expertise.

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photo nov 14, 2 05 25 pmI met Briana Foster at Animal Rescue Foundation where I volunteer once a week visiting the cats and she works as the Events Coordinator. I noticed that Briana always looks stylish and put together sporting skirts and dresses. One summer day she was wearing an unexpected combination of an ARF t-shirt with a pretty floral print skirt. It  was then that I thought a Q&A was in order and Briana kindly agreed to participate.
So here we go …


You have great style, Briana and you always look nice at work. What inspires you when you’re planning a work outfit?

Thank you! I love dressing up and I try to do so no matter the occasion. Work is no exception. I usually have one item that is more casual and the other is on the dressier side. For example, I’ll pair a t-shirt from my work with a patterned midi skirt. However, if I’m feeling a little more casual, I like to pair some jeans with a nice blouse. Everything pretty much depends on my mood in the morning – I ask myself, “how am I feeling?”

Good idea to pair something dressy with something casual. That creates a unique look. 

How would you describe your style?

If you ask my friends, they would say I’m a mix of Taylor Swift and a 50’s housewife which is true to a point. I would say my style is more of a European twist on the 50’s.

Yes, I see a 50s vintage influence for sure and it suits you. 

Have you always been interested in clothes and fashion?

Yes and no. During high school, I tended to only wear jeans because I was scared and insecure when it came to clothes. However, I was always interested in fashion but I didn’t really get into it until my junior year of college when I studied abroad in London. I was really inspired by their street style and I started experimenting (with the help of my flat mates) trying to figure out what I liked vs. what I disliked. I love clothes because it’s one of the ways I express myself. The other is makeup.

What an opportunity you had in London – a wonderful place to find style inspiration. 

Do you have favorite brands or places to shop?

My favorite stores are H&M and ModCloth.com. However, if I’m looking for a nice coat or jacket, I tend to gravitate more towards Zara as their quality and pieces are more in line with my style.

What’s your go-to accessory?

Lipstick. I love playing around with different shades and brands trying to figure out what will work, what won’t work, and building my collection. My go-to shade is NYX Matte Perfect Red. It lasts all day and doesn’t fade. My favorite brand is Fenty by Rihanna. The shades in her collection are amazing. Each one applies smoothly and is long lasting.

Thank you, Briana. I look forward to seeing your next great outfit at ARF!


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