Let’s get some shoes! If you’re old enough to remember that quote from a very strange mid 00’s music video, you may remember wearing some of these trends around the same time.
It seems that the wrap around the ankle ballet tie shoes are back, but they’re a little more modern than we saw ten years ago.
Want to know about more women’s shoe trends that you may or may not still have in your closet? We’re reporting from the runway below.
1. Pastel Neutrals
If you ask us, a neutral in fashion is any color that’s solid and appears organically in nature. Therefore, the trend of pale seafoam green is a new neutral.
You could call it easter pastel green as well. All we know is that it’s all over the runways and we love the subtle but chic pop of color.
You can see it on models walking in shows like Carolina Herrera and Vivienne Hu.
We’re seeing this hue in interesting shapes. One of our favorites has to be the bootie cut, that ends at the ankle. You get the coverage and work appropriate appeal of a bootie, but it’s better for short legs.
The shape makes us feel very Marie Antoinette if you will. Maybe that’s due to the delicate heel or the pointed toe. Either way, it feels like we’ll see these beauties in a museum in 100 years.
Even Adidas is getting in on the seafoam green trend, they just came out with a chic looking sneaker that could go with a weekend look or take you to the gym.
As for styling inspiration, start by pairing this color with a black or deep brown pant. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, start treating your new green shoes like any other neutral color.
You’ll be the talk of the seashore.
2. Natural Accessories
We saw everything from the earth this runway season. Valentino was obsessed with feathers, but not in the neat, laid, glued down the way.
One of their runway shoes looked like bright red Birkenstocks, but the heel had a plume of feathers coming out from it.
It was very mars, the messenger greek god, who was depicted with flames coming out of his heels.
While the feathers were cute and we like the casual feel of a sandal, we’re not recommending this shoe for anyone who walks around anything but a desert. Or carpeted hallways.
Step in one puddle and you’ll be wilting like a sad little bird.
More realistic is the shell trend that we saw from Altuzarra. They offered us two very native American motifs, with hanging shell shapes.
The first was a brown pair of stilettos, with a woven but open toe front. A braided brown rope wraps around the front of the foot and goes up, behind the ankle. Finally, the shoe finishes by tying up and around the ankle.
It’s on the ballet slipper like ankle ties that the natural looking shell shapes dangle. There’s a range of colors from brown to white to black. From what we can tell the shells move on the rope, so you can arrange them how you like.
We’d pair these with a miniskirt or a pair of cropped and rolled jeans. That way everyone can watch your ankle make it’s fluttering entrance.
Want something a little less dramatic but still earth themed?
The same brand offers a lower heel, with a more traditional pointed toe profile. The toe is made of black and grey snakeskin, yet the sides of the shoe that lead to the heel are natural netting.
The beads and shells attach to the netting but don’t dangle far down like the brand’s other offering. The heel then transforms back into snakeskin leather and finishes off with a black heel point.
4. Interesting Heel Stands
It seems the wrap-up ballet slipper trend is back – at first glance, this Jacquemeus wrap-up fabric pointy toes didn’t catch our attention.
That is until we looked at what the heel stand was actually made of. In this design, the designer used what looks like large glass beads staked to make the heel. There’s a big round red one at the bottom, followed by purple and yellow beads that get smaller.
It reminds of the neck of an ornate blown glass lamp.
Balmain was on the same wavelength, though their interesting heel stand looks a lot harder to stand on. Instead of using glass beads, this heel stands looks to be made of plexiglass. It blends into the shoe’s latex-robotic look nicely.
However, it looks a lot harder to walk in. The plexiglass heel stand doesn’t meet the ground until about midfoot, so it angles away from the heel.
The brand must like this silhouette, as three other offerings hand the same, tilted forward heel stand.
We see the appeal, it absolutely makes the foot look smaller and more graceful, but we’re not sure we could actually walk in them.
5. Leopard Print
We have a firm stance that animal print is a neutral. As long as you pair it with other organic colors, you can’t go wrong. And those on the runway feel the same way.
Houses like Calvin Luo, Christian Siriano, and Zang Toi all sported tiger stripes or other dangerous cats.
The shoes on the runway were chunky, but you can rock this style if you’re more delicate, too. Just look for a shoe with delicate straps but an animal print feature.
You can never go wrong with a simple pair of animal print ankle boots.
Women’s Shoe Trends
Pick two trends you like from this list and work them into your wardrobe. The spring fashion weeks weren’t that long ago, so you’ll likely be the first to rock these women’s shoe trends.
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