When it comes to footwear in 2019, there are two distinct camps. At many spring/summer 2019 shows, we saw bold, maximalist shoes—we're talking feathers, crystals and dramatic silhouettes. Many of these looked more like December party shoes than summer sandals. Then on the other end of the shoe spectrum, brands like Dior and Chanel introduced really simple flats—from ballet pumps to buttery soft Mary Janes.
One of the trends that's set to dominate this year are barely there "floss" sandals. The Row spear-headed this trend with its now iconic slingback sandals, but now you'll find these strappy sandals in almost every new-in section. Other new cult shoes include the Gucci buttery yellow slides, Chanel's white Mary Janes and Amina Muaddi's crystal-embellished party pumps.
In 2019, there is a real desire for items that look and feel expensive, such as tonal outfits and silky finishes that add an air of sophistication to any look. This feeling is extending into footwear too, as beige boots, pointed leather mules and classic pumps are the perfect addition to an elegant outfit.
Keep scrolling to see and shop the key shoe trends for 2019.
1. Mary Janes
Mary Janes are already making a comeback on Instagram in 2019, thanks to these white leather pumps from Chanel. Opt for a low heel and supple leather.
The trend for barely-there strappy sandals is only going to accelerate, thanks to brands like ATP and The Row. Topshop's red and black offering sold out within days, confirming this is going to be one of the most popular shoes of the year.
Beige and Tan Boots
Beige is one of the key trends for spring summer 2019, and this has extended to footwear too with lots of cream and tan ankle and knee-high boots dominating our Instagram feeds.
Square-toed sandals became of the shoes of the summer thanks to Instagram label By Far, and the trend is set to continue well into 2019 thanks to the likes of Burberry and Balenciaga. But it's not just sandals that come with this angular front…
Black backless mules have been trending for several seasons, but this year they have a more exaggerated pointed toe. Opt for a glossy finish like the above now sold-out mules from Acne.
Ballet was a key inspiration for spring, as Maria Grazia Chiuri's S/S 19 show for Dior was influenced by dance. Ballet pumps are set to return for spring with ties and ribbons in true Royal Opera House style.
Slides With a Low Heel
These Gucci buttery yellow slides with a low block heel have been an instant hit on our Instagram feeds, so it's a silhouette that's bound to prove popular in 2019.
The likes of Miu Miu and Christopher Kane created disco-ready shoes for spring with lots of crystals, showing party shoes aren't just for December.
Next up, see our guide to the key trends for spring/summer 2019.
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