7 Shoe Styles Every Woman Should Add to Her Closet
We'd be hard-pressed to come up with many things (sartorially speaking) that are more exciting than the arrival of new season shoe styles. And trust us when we tell you that they're really good this year. We scoured the A/W 16 runways (we're in the opposite season, so that's what arrives in-store for the Australian spring) and the new arrivals from some of your favourite retailers to find the footwear everyone will be wearing in a matter of weeks.
We narrowed it down to seven must-have shoe trends, but not to worry—we're not saying you should go out and purchase eight pairs of shoes at once! Choose the right ones to invest in based on your personal style and wardrobe, but don't be afraid to take risks. For example, those feathered shoes that you don't think you can pull off are actually more wearable than you think, and could add a major dose of directional style to even the simplest pieces in your wardrobe.
We searched high and low to present you with the coolest options for each footwear trend, settling on a whopping 21 pairs of new shoes for you to choose from (and start wearing before all of your friends).
Keep scrolling to see them in action on the runways and shop them all at a variety of price points!
Sculptural heels are one of the most beautiful trends this year, as seen on the runways of Miu Miu, Marni, Proenza Schouler, and Dolce & Gabbana. They add interest in spades to shoes both simple and ornate.
The ballerina trend is going to be huge, with brands designer brands like Valentino and fast-fashion brands like ASOS focusing much of their new season collections on the pretty, feminine pieces. Shoes that elegantly tie around the ankle are an easy way to get the look.
It's not surprising that this polarising trend is back in a big way this season, with the '90s revival that we're experiencing and the goth influence on many major collections like Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, and Gucci. Not convinced? Try a slimmer platform for a more subtle take on the trend.
Mid-calf boots, especially those that hug the leg like a sock, are the ideal pairing for the romantic bohemian dresses that made their way down the runways of Chanel, Chloé, and Preen.
Furry shoes are fun. It's as simple as that! A slew of footwear styles (from Gucci to Tibi) are done up in feathers, shearling, and faux fur this season. Dressed up or down, just try to not stare at your feet all day.
While loafers are certainly a classic, they've made more appearances than usual so far this season (on the runways of Rag & Bone, Osman, and Derek Lam, to name a few). Along with brogues, loafers are the footwear of choice for achieving the menswear trend many collections served up.
Animal prints of a variety of breeds came roaring in, from leopard to snake to zebra to giraffe. Swap out your neutral shoes for animal print ones and watch your look become infinitely cooler before your eyes. Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, Saint Laurent, and Mary Katrantzou wouldn't lead you astray.
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