There’s no better time to clean out your shoe closet than right now, at the beginning of the year when you’re reinventing—or simply staying true to—yourself. While you undoubtedly have staples (like your go-to black pumps), chances are there are a few dated styles that don’t merit a coveted spot on the shelf. Alternatively, as with every fresh season, there are newbies worth adding your collection.
To fill you in on the shoe styles you should try and toss this season, we tapped footwear designers to share the silhouettes that are in and out right now.
Keep scrolling to check out (and shop!) the shoe styles you need to step into immediately.
In: "Footwear that goes about the ankle and '80s styles." — Stuart Weitzman
Out: "Pointed-toe pumps, peep toes, and moccasins." — Stuart Weitzman
In: "For spring 2016, we see the espadrille as the IN luxury shoe that feels casual yet refined. It's only human to hate the feeling of raw jute underfoot, especially as the weather heats up. So we padded and covered the espadrille footbed with our insole in soft Spanish leather. The PALMA slide is a modern and simple take on the espadrille sandal." — Matt Bernson
Out: "I see the wedge sneaker as the OUT item for 2016. While they may have been all the rage with street style bloggers, celebs, and editors, it has officially passed in favor of old-school sneaker minimalism. If your sneaker has a hidden wedge, it's time to hide it in the closet." — Matt Bernson
In: "I love woods and mules this year—something that hasn't been updated in a girl's closet lately." — Megan Key
Out: "Exaggerated embellishments." — Megan Kay
In: "I think that ornament slides are in for spring 2016. It's a good alternative for the dreaded flip-flop. They are easy to wear and a great statement piece for any spring/summer outfit." — Isa Tapia
Out: "I think tall gladiator sandals are out. They are hard to pull off unless you are a supermodel." — Isa Tapia
In: "This spring is the return of the mule—this will be the real resurgence of that silhouette." — Steve Madden