As we say goodbye to winter, it’s time to ditch the boots and look at the wider range of exciting footwear to rock under the summer sun this year. The runways have given us a lot to choose from. Feathery flats, woven details and PVC-adorned boots are leading the way, while new and unique material choices and colourways follow closely.
However, high-fashion obscurity (not to mention price tags) isn’t for all of us. The good news is that we’ve seen plenty of new styles arrive that are within everyone’s reach when it comes to budget. With most popular retailers mimicking the opulent designs of Givenchy and Balenciaga, there’s something for everyone this year.
So, without further ado, here are the biggest shoe trends.
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Futurism has often been a trend among luxury labels in recent years, and this year is no exception. Leading the way is the clean, geometrically-satisfying square-toe design seen by the likes of Burberry, Balenciaga and Proenza Schouler. Of course, a plain white patent leather coating is the colourway of choice here, further adding to the futuristic look.
If you’re not seeing the square-toes in white, baby pink seems to be the next option on the list. Girlish, youthful and perhaps a bit too reminiscent of the 2000’s, the likes of Jeremy Scott and Loewe’s use of the colour is sure to turn heads this summer. But what if you’re not a fan of colour?
2. Clear Shoes
Well, then the PVC trend is sure to satisfy. Daring, forward-looking and probably futureproof, clear boots and heels are more popular than ever. MGSM’s rendition is particularly interesting, adding white panels around the silhouette and complementing them with a black outline.
Perhaps Kanye’s use of the colour (or rather lack thereof) in his Yeezy line a few years ago had sparked interest from brands such as Balmain, Marc Jacobs and Giorgio Armani, who seem to be loving the PVC trend this year. Even heels and soles are getting the clear treatment, further adding to the playful feel.
3. Feathers Galore
Plumes affixed to all corners of your sandals, heels and flats seems to be the trend of choice for many designers.
Valentino’s take combines the chunky trend with colour-matched feathers onto an otherwise cleanly designed pair of sandals. Dries Van Noten took a more elegant approach by affixing a flowing wave of feathery goodness on their heels.
4. Woven Details
Versatile and perfect for warm weather, woven designs coming back into the spotlight is good news. Stella McCartney and Tory Burch had their own takes on the material, with both heels and flats on offer.
Here you can shop a wide range of heels, flats, pumps, boots and trainers, including many of the trends mentioned here. Their woven sandals are runway-worthy while being a fraction of the price. Pay for your first delivery and you’ll get the rest of them for free for a whole year.
5. Nautical Rope
If the woven trend is too reserved for your liking, then the Jack Sparrow-worthy nautical rope trend may be striking enough. Aside from their unique appeal, the cool, breezy vibe that they give off is perfect for summer. Michael Kors, Stella McCartney and Monse are just some of the big names representing the trend this year.
While the above trends may be ruling the warmer seasons for now, there’s still much to see over the course of this year. From fishnets and buckles to fringes and embroidery, the fashion world never fails to make it difficult to choose just one… or two… or three…
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