The five shoe trends for spring 2020
Now that spring has officially sprung, we’re switching to a lighter wardrobe with a brighter colour palette and diving into the new trends that are going to mark the season. There are plenty of ways fashion will be transforming this year and it doesn’t only concern the clothes but the shoes, too. While the temperature is getting higher and the sun is shining almost every day, there’s no better feeling that slide into a new pair of sandals and go for a walk in the park.
Consciousness is the overarching theme of this spring/summer season which brings us shoe trends that are timeless and durable for you to keep a few years as they won’t go out of style that quickly. It all comes down to knowing which type of sandals will rule your summer and suffice as the only pair of shoes in your holiday luggage. You might also be looking for a comfortable pair to wear to work in a heatwave or showstopping heels to wear at a wedding or for an occasion. Here are five of the biggest shoe trends to have on your radar and add to your wardrobe right now.
If you’re looking for shoes with a lift and all the comfort, flatforms are the new wedge sandals when you can’t bear heels in the summer heat. With their chunky soles, flatforms have a cool girl edge while still being smart and versatile for any occasion. They come in plenty of materials such as plaited raffia, wood, leather or rubber so the choice is yours. Pair them with a midi skirt or a pair of flowy trousers to give you height and assurance.
This season the classic loafer is having an upgrade as designers have brought them up a notch. The contemporary version is elevated with block or kitten heels and is dangerously stylish and far from being boring. Choose your pair of timeless loafers with a gold metal ornament or in patent leather adorned with a delicate bow. Go for a nude or white shade to make them stand out this spring.
A new shoe trend has developed from the minimalistic influence we’ve seen invading the runway in the last few seasons. These posh flip-flops are kept far away from the swimming pool and come down in the streets with asymmetric straps and rubber platforms. Combined with a wooden heel they are a 2020 update on regular mules while a flat version with barely-there straps is the essence of minimal chic. They look great with a structured summer suit or to tone down a feminine dress.
Gladiator sandals aren’t new on the fashion landscape and have almost become the go-to shoes to wear on a holiday because they are perfect for the beach as they are for a low-key evening soirée. Opt for braided leather wrap-and-tie styles to wear with sundresses or shorts or go for a chunkier version tied higher on the ankle with cropped jeans. For a more elegant take, choose a mid heel version with barely-there straps and 90s-inspired square toes. And flat golden sandals are the ultimate pair to bring out your inner Greek goddess into the hot summer night.
Summer sandals are now sprinkled with dazzling details to wear during the party season. Delicate chains and sea-inspired jewellery come to adorn our feet and bring sophistication to stiletto heels and flats. From a dinner to a big night out, these sandals will follow you through the night and add a touch of sparkle to your outfit that everyone will notice. Pair with your favourite pair of jeans or a little black dress and the shoes will do the rest.
If you’re struggling to let go of last season’s heavyweight boot and hate exhibiting your toes for everyone to see, there’s no need to worry as boots are back in an array of lighter alternatives for spring. Opt for brighter colours such as beige and white, and don’t hesitate to play with patterns and prints. Cowboy boots are a signature classic that work wonders with denim shorts or a boho dress and are the best pair of shoes to bring on your next road trip. Inject some sunshine into your outfit with mustard suede boots featuring floral cut-outs for the extra summer vibes.