There are some trends we can be patient about and muster up some willpower to not wear yet—but not when it comes to shoes. Especially not for the shoe trends of autumn/winter 2018. We’re still many months away from considering a new-season coat (come on; I’m only just getting to grips with swimwear here), but slipping on a pair of directional shoes doesn’t feel so farfetched. (And no, you don’t have to wear over-the-knee boots in 30º Celsius weather.)
With that in mind, the Who What Wear UK team has been thinking about the next-season shoe styles they don’t really want to wait around for. Some of the pieces we have on our wish lists won’t be available for some time, but the overarching themes and trends are shoppable today. Below we provide you with the designer context over where and how these key trends are forming, as well as some more instant gratification in the form of related shopping picks. Your lucky feet can thank us some other time.
Shoe Trend #1: Take a Bow
Were Magda Butrym’s bow-fronted satin mules the most Instagrammed shoes of the press appointments for A/W 18? Most probably, yes. The designer’s first shoe collection has yet to land, but we don’t hold out much hope in getting a pair: These are going to be hugely popular. And not just for party outfits or nights out, as one might presume. Fashion lovers everywhere are wearing their best glam heels for daytime, making them the high-speed route into looking more elevated.
Shoe Trend #2: Wild Things
Leopard print prowled many A/W 18 runways (and I am dreaming of owning Victoria Beckham’s coat more than anything from the season), and in many cases the results were shoes. Animal patterns extended outside of the cat family, too. There were zebra prints at Tom Ford and Balenciaga and snake prints and (faux) stamped crocodile everywhere else.
Shoe Trend #3: Wild, Wild West
We called the Western boot comeback well over a year ago before they were given the chicest of green lights by Raf Simons’s Calvin Klein debut. Now you’ll find iterations of Western-inspired boots (and they all tend to be sleeker in finishes and less pointy than the traditional styles) at Tibi, Altuzarra, Isabel Marant and so many more. As it’s already a trend for summer 2018, plenty of current options are available.
Shoe Trend #4: Brown Is the New Black
We’ve already seen the success of tan accessories throughout 2018 so far, but things will inevitably take a darker turn for the darkest time of the year. Brown leather and suede shoes and boots have been favoured by the likes of Chloé (the entire collection was pretty much an homage to brown) and Fendi for A/W 18. Already we’ve seen every possible shade cropping up within summer’s artsy, minimalistic boho look (where linen, raffia and ecru tones are all key), so it’s a trend you can invest in already.
Shoe Trend #5: Bouncy Sneakers
Trainers—especially thick-soled ones—are going nowhere. Balenciaga’s Triple S and Louis Vuitton’s Archlight have already set the mood for space-age silhouettes and patchworked renderings, but you’ll find simpler white styles like Stella McCartney’s on the runway for next season too.
Shoe Trend #6: Square-Toe Silhouettes
Pointed pumps are holding strong for autumn, but the hippest out there are opting for the opposite right now: square toes. It’s a trend that has come to the fore this summer, predominantly via niche contemporary brands like By Far, but with the autumnal catwalk backing of Loewe, Alexander McQueen and Victoria Beckham, the microtrend is set to go macro.
Now see all the shoes we can’t get enough of this season.