It's a new year, which means you need to make space in your closet for new fashion trends. (They'll be here before you've fully paid off last month's credit card bills.) We've pinpointed the overall seven style trends of 2019 to know, and now we're breaking it down further with a focus on footwear.
After examining the spring 2019 collections (fall 2019 will debut next month) we've determined which sandal we'll all packing on vacation come June and the one heel you're about to see everywhere. After all, runways dictate what's going to be popular—and thereby replicated by every major retailer so you can afford the trends too.
For next season, designers aren't completely reinventing the wheel. Instead, they're building upon the fashion house archives and past trends, adding embellishments here and there or introducing new shapes and materials. Without further ado, the top seven shoe trends for this year:
Feathered heels and flats dominated the spring runways, from Valentino (above) to Prabal Gurung and Simone Rocha. The feathers fluttered down the catwalk and, in a second, stole the spotlight from the rest of the outfit. And there isn't just one spot designers are incorporate plumage, some added feathers to the heel of their footwear, while others lined it on the straps. All look amazing.
Should anyone make fun of your Tevas, you'll have the last laugh. The style, made of criss-crossing velcro straps, will be everywhere this year. Designers created iterations of the utilitarian sandals with platforms (like Anna Sui above) and iridescent straps. Designer Sandy Liang even incorporated real Tevas into her New York Fashion Week presentation last season, which means it's definitely time to get your hands on a pair.
Intricate embroidery evokes images of vintage jewelry boxes and heavy gowns like Blake Lively's Met Gala look. But it's also totally wearable. Michael Kors' spring '19 show featured everyday embroidered pieces, like this pair of pink platform sandals. The design marries artistry to fashion for a totally one-of-a-kind shoe. This season you'll also be seeing the detailing on boots and slides.
It's time we all embrace the unusual, sculptural heel, available in a variety of geometric shapes you definitely knew the names of in elementary school. The innovative heels are basically wearable architectural feats, allowing you to incorporate a sense of wonder and drama into your work or party outfits. Keep your look simple with jeans and a t-shirt, letting the footwear captivate onlookers.
You're about to see buckles on flats and stilettos, adding edge to traditionally more feminine footwear. Alexander McQueen sent a shoe down the runway with three buckles, while Sies Marjan pushed the envelope with four rugged straps. If you're not ready to have your feet completely caged in, there are simpler, single-buckle options out there. Pro-tip: If you choose shoes with multiple buckles, give yourself a few extra minutes in the mornings to put them on.
Monse's entire spring '19 collection gave a nod to the seaside, and it seems other designers had similar ideas, releasing woven footwear. Nautical details popped up on the models' feet at shows like Milly and Ulla Johnson, paired with flowing dresses and skirts. In an instant, we were all thinking of booking vacations to the Caribbean or French Riviera. Luckily, you don't have to wait until next season to get your hands on a pair of rope sandals. Pick a pair below to pack with you for your next getaway.
Sneakers have become a permanent fixture in runway collections, so don't expect last season's "dad sneakers" to disappear any time soon. Next spring promises mega-soled kicks in bright hues, like the ones spotted at Escada (above). Style with a tie-dye top or dress for the ultimate color clash–approved combo. This is one comfortable trend my feet are thankful for.
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