May 30, 2024

Top 3 Trending Footwear Styles for Women

From pointed-toe pumps that elongate the leg to cage shoes that add an androgynous edge, heels received many updates on the runway. Delicate strappy silver pumps were seen at Libertine and Sergio Hudson while short, curved heels gave a fresh twist to thigh-height boots at LaPointe and Dion Lee.

Flats paired with jeans or tailored pants and blazers are a casual-chic staple. Try a low-profile sneaker in earthy tones instead of the neon styles that are falling out of fashion.

1. Loafers

The most recognizable loafers feature a horizontal strap (or saddle) across the instep, and come flat or heeled. They’re a staple in the closets of fashion editors, stylists and influencers who love their versatility. From sleek backless mule loafers to chunky lug sole treads and everything in between, this season’s iterations are endless.

The good news is that they’re just as comfortable as sneakers and don’t require socks when worn for long periods of time. The style also pairs effortlessly with jeans and a T-shirt, says Reals. A pair she owns in a tan suede finish, for example, have been her go-to since she got them earlier this year. She credits their traditional moccasin construction for molding to her foot and allowing her to wear them sockless—plus, she’s able to take them from morning yoga to meetings to happy hour without any discomfort.

Loafers are a wardrobe staple for a reason, and this year’s options are sleeker than ever. From Chanel’s classic matte leather to Gucci’s horse bit-adorned iterations, there are plenty of styles that’ll add a polished look to your favorite jeans and white T-shirt outfit.

If you’re looking for something with a little more flair, try a heeled driving loafer or tassel-adorned flats to add some dressiness to your everyday ensembles. The former were originally created for drivers who wanted extra grip on the road, and now they’re one of the season’s most sought-after footwear styles. Pair them with a pleated skirt and button-up shirt for a mod-inspired look, or wear them with a wide-leg jean and mini skirt for a more relaxed vibe.

If you want a more edgy look that still feels sophisticated, consider a platform loafer or a backless version like this one by Ganni. This style, recently donned by Selena Gomez, has all the classic elements of a loafer and even comes in a gorgeous blush color that will work perfectly with fall’s feminine floral dresses.

2. Clogs

For a fall shoe that prioritizes comfort but still adds flair, look no further than the clog. This chunky shoe style — originally designed to protect nurses and doctors from germs and hazards on hospital floors — is making a comeback in the fashion stakes. Clogs are available in a range of styles, from utilitarian rubber clogs favored by Crocs (who have partnered with everyone from Christopher Kane to Balenciaga) to wooden versions that can be found from brands like Swedish Hasbeens and No. 6.

Unlike the platforms that took over the summer, flat clogs are easy to wear with jeans and T-shirts, Sharpe said. The stylist also recommends opting for ones in earthy tones, like kelp and poppy, to help keep your wardrobe in line with this season’s color trend.

This shoe style is a favorite among those with foot problems, including flat feet or neuropathy, according to the National Diabetes Association. The clunky footwear, which often has a large toe box, allows for a wide fit around the front of the foot and can provide support for swollen or damaged feet.

While the clog has enjoyed ups and downs in popularity over the years, this season’s revival seems poised to last. In addition to the influx of clog-style sneakers (see a slideshow below) from designers like Chanel and Fendi, the rounded shoe has made an appearance in loungewear looks and, in 2022, was even seen on the runway at brands like Altuzarra and Miu Miu. It’s not hard to see why: With a nod to the dandy Beau Brummell and the back-to-nature mindset of 1960s counterculture, clogs have never been more à la mode.

3. Flats

Effortlessly elegant and practically perfect, flats have had quite the comeback since spinning onto the fashion scene this fall (if they ever really went out of style). From ballet flats to loafers, these versatile shoes are a closet staple—especially for those who like the idea of feminine footwear but can’t stand heels. The top trending flats include sparkly styles, leather designs, and mules. For a chic option that is a little more formal, pointed-toe flats are a sleek, on-trend choice for party season. The shoes elongate your silhouette, making them a great option for a wedding or a holiday soiree.

When it comes to choosing the right flats for your wardrobe, there are some general shopping tips you should keep in mind. First and foremost, it’s important to prioritize functionality and comfort when buying a flat shoe you plan on wearing regularly. This means prioritizing timeless silhouettes, neutral colors that will pair with any outfit, and sturdy materials that can stand up to the wear and tear of everyday life.

A good pair of flats should also feel comfortable from the get-go and require no breaking in. Look for shoe details that will help you keep your feet comfy, such as a soft, buttery leather, and a wide elastic band that will hold your foot securely in place. These details may seem small but can have a big impact on how long your flats last.

While flats are an excellent footwear option for casual days, you might want to skip the flats when heading out on a sightseeing or walking tour. A pair of sneakers with plenty of arch support and cushioning might be a better fit, especially if you’ll be on your feet for hours at a time.

One thing you can always count on flats for women to do is complete your head-to-toe denim look. According to wardrobe stylist Kendra Sharpe, a pair of textured ballet flats can help tone down the trendier side of a denim ensemble, adding just a touch of feminine flair. She recommends the Sam Edelman Felicias, which she says are “insanely comfortable.”