Shoes may not have been on the top of your priority list last year, but as you start spending more time outside, it’s time to ditch the slippers.
But, what shoes should you focus on? Have trends changed since being stuck in lockdown? All is about to be revealed. Check out the five luxury shoe trends dominating 2021.
1. Androgynous Footwear
Wave goodbye to super feminine footwear. In 2021, you can expect a new take on classic lines, with chunkier soles and more prominent zippers or laces.
You can have your pick from a variety of styles, including loafers, oxfords, or brogue iterations. If you’re not a flat soles enthusiast, some designers are even re-introducing block heels in their styles.
This type of footwear works wonders with mid-length skirts or delicate summer dresses – no matter your choice, follow Gucci’s advice and pair the shoes with white socks for a school-like vibe.
If you’re not really into skirts, this type of footwear also looks good with skinny jeans and pencil trousers.
2. Technical Trainers
With life getting back to normal, most people can think of one thing only – gym or open-air training.
Even if you’re not the sporty type, a pair of technical trainers from your favorite designer will surely come in handy for your shopping spree or leisurely stroll.
Like the loafers and oxfords we mentioned above, this year’s trainers sport chunkier and higher soles.
Beyond the fashion trend, though, these styles do provide more cushioning and support, so you might want to check them out for everything from casual wear to athletic activities.
From high street brands to luxury designers, there are loads of options to choose from.
If you want to delve deeper into the world of designer trainers but don’t know where to begin, opt for sales and discounts from staple brands.
You can never go wrong when checking out a Gucci sneakers women’s sale.
3. Chic Clogs
Clogs and fashion didn’t have a love story in the past, but they seem to be starting an affair in 2021. You will either love them or hate them, but the fact rests that they are a retro staple.
Designers have kept their vintage vibes, but expect to find more enhanced versions with stylish details such as metal studs, crystals, and elegant materials.
Like trainers and androgynous footwear, this year’s clogs sport chunkier soles and clunky additions.
Just bear in mind that you should still avoid Crocs – eccentric leather clogs are fashionable, but the plastic, gardening type won’t look too flattering.
Don’t hold your breath though – with big names like Justin Bieber and Post Malone collaborating with Crocs, they may be the next staple shoe to look out for…
4. Ballet Flats
The origin of ballet flats dates back to the French Revolution. They have been worn by ballerinas for decades, then French brand Repetto repurposed them in the 50s as casual footwear.
Later on, designers created patent styles with ribbons, bows, and other decorations. Then, ballet flats fell into disgrace since high heels were fancier. Until this year, at least.
Inspired by the regency era, ballet flats are both comfy and chic.
There may be nothing too fancy at first glance, but rhinestone wrap-around details, bows, laces, and other decorations give them an elegant vibe.
Material-wise, you can pick from leather, canvas, suede, and even velvet. Outfit-wise, they go well with jeans or a flowy dress.
Ballet flats work best with feminine details, making a true comeback for 2021 and beyond.
5. Clunky Mary Janes
Flats not your style? The luxury shoe trends dominating 2021 have something in store for you, too – clunky Mary Janes.
Oversized heels make it way easier to transition back to stylish footwear from comfy slippers.
The blocks add way more stability than thinner heels, and they match brilliantly with the chunky footwear style trending this year.
In terms of colors and styles, you can pick from classic leather in either brown or black, fabric uppers with various print designs, suede, and even vinyl.
When styling your Mary Jane’s, the world is your oyster.
Opt for white ankle socks for ultimate vintage appeal, or wear them with fishnet socks to add an element of punk. These shoes are incredibly versatile and will suit any fashion code.
Say Goodbye To Your Slippers
Although loungewear will remain popular throughout 2021, it’s time to stray away from the slippers and see the outside world.
With so many trending shoe models out there, finding the perfect style to pair with your outfits should be easy. So, what will it be?
Whether you have a firm favourite or wish to experiment with all styles, don’t be afraid to try out new things. 2021 is the year for making a statement!