Now that you're familiar with a few general things Who What Wear editors are giving up to be more stylish, it's time to get a little more specific and talk about the item that can make or break a look: shoes. We all have those shoes we hold onto for a bit too long (I know I do), whether it's for sentimental reasons or simply because we loved them once (probably a little too much, based on their worn-out appearance), but the truth is they're taking up space that could be used for shoes that are in style. Cue my trip to Goodwill to donate them, so they can go to a new home and be saved for the next time they inevitably come back around.
Frustrating as it may be shoes can go in and out of the trend zone in the blink of an eye, and wearing an "out" pair can instantly make my entire look feel dated. Accordingly, I came to the conclusion that there are nine styles in particular that no longer have a place in your wardrobe in 2021—and that I don't think will be back in anytime soon. On the bright side, there are nine alternate styles that either lean more classic or are trends that have proven their staying power. Ready to join me in upgrading your style via your shoe collection this year?
Find out which shoes I'm tossing and keeping (or adding to my closet) below.
DITCH: Wedge-Heel Boots KEEP: Block-Heel Boots
Block heels are equally walkable as wedge heels but look much more polished and forward than wedges ever did.
While "ugly" sandals are still a thing, but I predict the flatform iterations won't be forever. On the flip side, mules are still going strong and have become a classic in every woman's shoe collection.