Trends are ever-evolving.
The shoe styles that were most common at the beginning of this decade have already died down in popularity — and some of them might even cause you to cringe. Of course, some of today’s most popular shoe styles have their roots in fads of years’ past — take the retro runner — so it stands to reason that some of these just might make a comeback one day.
Below, take a look at some of the decade’s most defining trends.
Balenciaga’s Triple S sneaker kicked off the “dad” shoe trend in 2017, and it’s been a defining style for the past few seasons. FN’s 2018 Shoe of the Year was the Fila Disruptor 2, an affordable (under $100) take on the look. While it’s uncertain whether the look will stand the test of time, there’s no doubting that it’s still going strong.
Circa 2012, it seemed as though everybody owned a pair of wedge sneakers. Isabel Marant’s version was perhaps the most popular, but other designers and fast-fashion brands came out with their own renditions as well. Some say the style could make a return to the forefront soon, replacing the “dad” shoe.
Classic, white sneakers have always been a go-to, but they really soared this decade. Adidas’ Stan Smith and Superstar silhouettes revived in popularity among a millennial and Gen-Z set, leading a major boom for Adidas. Given that white shoes go with just about everything, the trend seems likely to have some sticking power.
While red carpet go-tos today include strappy sandals and pointed pumps, platform heels were a must-have at the beginning of the decade. Paired with a form-fitting Hervé Léger bandage dress, platform pumps were seemingly worn by every “It” girl, from Blake Lively to Kim Kardashian.
Whether coming on a sneaker, a boot or sandal, logomania was a defining trend of the decade. Logomania appeared mid-decade on apparel and accessories of all kinds, with somewhat of a ’90s nostalgia flair combined with a very ’10s streetwear aesthetic. Fendi, Gucci and other high-end shoe brands made use of their well-known monograms with footwear.
While the neoclassical sandal never really goes out of style, it saw more popularity this decade than in the last few. Bold knee-high and thigh-high versions of the shoes gained in popularity, both on the runway and in real life. And like clockwork, the shoes get plucked out of closets when temperatures rise each summer.
In the aughts, the standard pump had a rounded toe and a mid-heel. That went out the window this decade, replaced by sleek pointy-toed pumps. Appearing on the red carpet and in the workplace, shoes like Manolo Blahnik’s BB and Christian Louboutin’s So Kate became well-known adherents to this ongoing trend.
Suede Ankle Boots
Suede ankle boots are not new this decade, but they’ve certainly been a staple for the past few years, popping up in various iterations for both fall and spring. While certain colorways and silhouettes seem to never go out of style — take a black suede bootie with a pointed silhouette and stiletto heel — fresh takes have also come about. For instance, Western booties were everywhere for fall ’18, many of them made of suede.
This style is meant to show off the foot, with sensual patterns throughout the vamp drawing the viewer’s eye downward. Oftentimes, cut-outs are used to turn boots or close-toed pumps into transitional footwear. Cut-outs have taken different forms over the years, from foot-flattering PVC detailing to trendy laser cuts.
Wedge sandals were big in the ’90s and early ’00s, and then they disappeared for a while. But the summery shoes are in for spring ’19 — meaning you’re about to see them everywhere again. New silhouettes are sleeker than those that were popular last millennium, while providing the same walkability stilettos lack.
Below, watch dads sound off on the “dad” shoe trend.
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