It’s a new year, which means you need to make space in your closet for new fashion trends. (They’ll be here before you’ve fully paid off last month’s credit card bills.) We’ve pinpointed the overall seven style trends of 2019 to know, and now we’re breaking it down further with a focus on footwear. After examining the spring 2019 collections (fall 2019 will debut next month), we’ve determined which sandal we’ll all packing on vacation come June and the one heel you’re about to see everywhere. After all, runways dictate what’s going to be popular—and thereby replicated by every major retailer so you can afford the trends too.
For next season, designers aren’t completely reinventing the wheel. Instead, they’re building upon the fashion house archives and past trends, adding embellishments here and there or introducing new shapes and materials. Without further ado, this year’s top seven shoe trends: Feathered heels and flats dominated the spring runways, from Valentino (above) to Prabal Gurung and Simone Rocha. The feathers fluttered down the catwalk and, in a second, stole the spotlight from the rest of the outfit. And there isn’t just one spot designers are incorporate plumage; some added feathers to the heel of their footwear, while others lined it on the straps. All look amazing.
Should anyone make fun of your Tevas, you’ll have the last laugh. The style, made of crisscrossing Velcro straps, will be everywhere this year. Designers created iterations of the utilitarian sandals with platforms (like Anna Sui above) and iridescent straps. Designer Sandy Liang even incorporated real Tevas into her New York Fashion Week presentation last season, which means it’s definitely time to get your hands on a pair. Intricate embroidery evokes images of vintage jewelry boxes and heavy gowns like Blake Lively’s Met Gala look. But it’s also totally wearable. Michael Kors’s spring ’19 show featured everyday embroidered pieces, like this pair of pink platform sandals. The design marries artistry to fashion for a total one-of-a-kind shoe. This season you’ll also be seeing the detailing on boots and slides.