Ah, spring. The season that conjures up the scent of budding blooms, wet grass and a fresh batch of shoes to go with the shorter hems and flowy silhouettes you're about to rock. To help guide you on your next shoe haul, here are the five definitive shoe trends you need to give you an extra spring in your step.
1) A Clear Winner
One look at Chanel 2018 runway and it's clear (no pun intended): PVC is all the rage and by extension, all things see-through. Vinyl or PVC may be the obvious choice, but we see Alexander Wang playing this trend up with mesh.
With Art Basel right around the corner, many may want to find an easy art-friendly element to inject into their looks. So why not start from the feet up? Elevate a simple look with a pair of artistic heels- Saint Laurent goes for the monogram, while other brands like Loewe, Jacquemus and new-label-on-the-rise, Neous, opt for a more geometric approach. Pair them with a ankle-grazing hemline to ensure that the heel doesn't go unnoticed.
Kitten heels are back and in a big way. We're noticing lower stiletto heels on sling backs, mules and even pumps. They’re the ideal shape for women on the go and they’re the perfect companion from day to night; they give you just that extra lift, and you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. We’ve spotted them on catwalks everywhere from Dema Gvasalia’s Balenciaga to London label Self-Portrait.
You heard us, it’s time to strap in and buckle up. Whether these buckles on shoes are functional or purely decorative, it’s nice to have that extra touch. We’ve seen some buckles with a Western touch at Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s debut collection at Chloé, a sporty sensibility at New York label, Monse, but also some clever cut-outs from Gabriella Hearst and Proneza Schouler. The good thing about this trend? It comes in all shapes and heel heights.
Spring is here, but don’t hang your boots up just yet. Continue to wear these long-legged accessories into Spring, but opt for a lighter shade instead. White boots, a continuing trend from the previous season, is a street style favourite that’s here to stay. Opt for greater heights courtesy of Vetements and 3.1 Phillip Lim, or stay on point with Acne Studios or Balenciaga. The lesson in styling white boots is that there are no rules- they can be worn with just about anything, from flowy floral dresses to a blouse and jeans.