We're pretty savvy about knowing which kind of shoes people want. Right now, for example, we know that readers of Who What Wear love strappy sandals from Topshop, and these ballet flats from Marks & Spencer—our stats don't lie. We also know that when it comes to sneakers, Vejas are super popular, and Tevas are the comfy sandals of choice for our fashion friends on Instagram.
But when I spoke to Lyst, the global fashion search platform, none of the above styles or brands were mentioned. Where recently it's been all about simple shoes that work with everything in your wardrobe, Lyst revealed that the most-searched-for shoe brands throughout June were Gucci, Soludos, Guiseppe Zanotti, Off-White and Saint Laurent. And honestly, I'm shocked. Instead of being classic styles that would be considered wardrobe staples, most of the shoes were quite divisive and trend-led.
Starting with the most "fashion" of the shoes was Off-White's fun Zip Tie Jelly Pumps. The blue stilettos feature a red zip tie where a buckle might usually be. They might be archetypal Virgil Abloh, but they're hardly classic closet fodder. Then there are the snake strap shoes from Guiseppe Zanotti. While this brand is popular among the A-list (Rosie Hungtington-Whiteley regularly wears the stilettos), it's still a more standout look from the label.
Next up are the platform sliders from Gucci and the cactus-embroidered Saludos espadrilles. The least controversial sandals came from Saint Laurent in the form of the flat black Nu Pieds style. If any of these shoes are the ones you've been searching for, too, keep scrolling to shop the styles and see similar looks, too (you know, just in case).