Fashion Shoe Trends You Need to Know About

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October 9, 2019

The weather is starting to cool down, so the fall 2019 runway trends will be here before you know it (and before you’ve fully paid off last month’s credit card bills). We’ve pinpointed the overall style trends to know, and now we’re breaking it down further with a focus on footwear.

After examining the spring and fall collections, we’ve determined which sandals to pack on vacay and the one boot we’ll see everywhere in September. 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 12 shoe trends for this year:

Big-Toe Sandals

Fashion’s obsession with feet—toes, specifically—can be traced back to Maison Margiela who first launched this Tabi calfskin boot in the ’80s. (One of our editors even dared to rock the trend and loved it.) For spring, the big toe energy came back strong with plenty of designers, from Tibi to Dries Van Noten, creating toe-strap shoes. These looked sleeker and more chic than counterpart Y/Project, but still placed a heavy emphasis on one’s toe. If you don’t already own a pair, shop some cute options below to wear with your jeans and sweaters as we welcome fall.

Animal Print Boots

Every season you’ll see animal prints on the runway, though they’re always reworked with different shoe silhouettes. For fall, designers like Zimmermann, Victoria Beckham, and Rejina Pyo took classic prints like leopard and paired them with a sculptural heel or pointy-toe footwear design. This instantly created something different and unique for shoppers. For those who have yet to own anything leopard print, start from the ground up with these footwear options.

Fall Florals

Set aside your summer floral pieces in favor of moodier and earthier shades for autumn. Erdem, Brock Collection, and Zimmermann all presented collections with yellow, blue, and orange flowers against a dark background to signal this is indeed a fall shoe trend. I personally love this ’70s-inspired ankle boot by Staud for its flawless fall floral execution. You’ll find the print echoed in other footwear styles from flats to knee-high boots.

Barely-There Sandals

You need a pair of thin, strappy heels or flats STAT. This minimalist style popped up on the runways of Jacquemus and Rejina Pyo last year and are now everywhere this season. You’ll find brands like Zara and BY FAR making the most elegant barely-there sandals that are perfect for the office or weddings. You do have to buy and try different styles to find the most comfy pair for you, but it’s worth it. I personally prefer a style with kitten heels, so I can walk around the city without getting blisters.


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. There isn’t just one spot designers are incorporating plumage, some added feathers to the heel of their footwear while others lined it on the straps. All look amazing.