The 7 Shoe Trends That Will Define 2021

Anna LaPlaca
·3 min read

Ready for a fresh batch of shoe trends? As we sink our teeth into 2021, it's only natural that we sit down to discuss the upcoming styles that will dominate for the year ahead. And I don't know about you, but shoes are my favorite topic of conversation, something that my vast (and I do mean vast) collection speaks to. So let's dive right in.

Obviously, there are a number of shoes we're not about to see a ton of this year, such as tall heels and the like, but taking their places are new styles such as retro sneakers, flatforms, and, yes, even clogs that prove comfort and style can go hand in hand. Over the next 12 months, prepare to see a lot more of the following seven shoe trends. You'd even be wise to start shopping for your next pair now.

Is it 2021 or 1981? Based on the array of throwback sneakers we're seeing right now, it might as well be the latter. With gummy tread soles and neutral suede fabrics, these are set to be the biggest sneaker trend of the year, hands down.

Rag & Bone Retro Runner Sneaker ($225)

Reebok Cl Nylon Sneakers ($65)

Veja Sdu Rec Vegan Sneakers ($120)

Love them or hate them, you can't deny that clogs are having a moment right now, and, dare I say, they've never looked cooler. From cow print clogs to patent leather, they're completely taking off.

Nuance Clogs in Cowhide ($185)

Simon Miller Low Raid Clogs ($495)

Nicole Saldaña Paula Clog Sandals ($333)

We spotted this trend on the S/S 2021 runways at Acne Studios, Khaite, and plenty of others, which tells me that it's one to watch. With elements like complicated straps and asymmetrical cutouts, no one will be able to take their eyes off of these.

Bottega Veneta Leather Mules ($860)

A.W.A.K.E. Mode Delta Low Leather Sandals ($153)

Senso Jamu Iii Heels ($155)

Maybe it's because they add a polished vibe to any outfit, maybe it's because they're practical and easy to wear, or maybe it's because they're a perennial favorite that will never really go out of style. Whichever the reason, loafers, oxfords, and brogues are the dominating flat shoe trend of the moment, and I'm so here for it.

Dr Martens Adrian Tassle Loafer in Black ($130)

Voile Blanche Tweed 01 Oxford Shoes ($235)

H&M Chunky-Soled Shoes ($35)

Who else remembers those platform flip-flops from the early 2000s? These are like the elevated version of those retro sandals with cushy soles and extra-wide straps.

Ancient Greek Sandals Charys Leather Sandals ($220)

ATP Atelier Melitto Sandals ($350)

Shop-Pêche Capri ($98)

Lug soles are the name of the game with boots right now and these knee-high versions feel completely fresh. The magic also lies in how fashion girls have been styling them, aka with leather jackets and leggings or skinny jeans tucked in.

Proenza Schouler Leather Knee Boots ($1175)

Zara Tall Leather Boots ($229)

& Other Stories Chunky Knee High Leather Boots ($279)

Last but not least, cozy slippers. These house shoes are what kept us the most comfortable last year and they're about to serve their purpose all the way through 2021 as well with luxurious updates like faux fur and pretty pastel tones.

Rag & Bone Ansley Genuine Shearling Slingback Mule ($350)

Sleeper Pink Shearling Slippers ($290)

Mango Faux-Fur Sandals With Buckle ($60)

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