Believe it or not, we’re already halfway through summer, so there’s no time like the present to get ahead on your new-season shopping. Instead of overwhelming you with a list of all the trends that will be cool through the end of the year, we’re going to make it simple by filling you in on the trends—shoe trends in particular—that are dying off right now.
Ahead, we’ve asked some of the most reputable experts in the industry, from fashion directors at your favorite online shopping destinations to marketing specialists at one of the most popular shopping search engines on the internet, to fill us in on the shoe trends they think are officially on the way out, in addition to the ones they expect to flourish. Ready to see what they said?
“Your run-of-the-mill stilettos and block heels from 2018 are getting a 2019 makeover with fresh heels in architectural shapes.” — Alison Stiefel, VP of marketing at ShopStyle
“I think 2019 will be more about the athletic hybrid sandal—think a classic Teva shape—and less about flat pool slides.” — Caroline Maguire, fashion director at Shopbop
“I’m craving something more refined and just trying to move away from the flat-out ‘ugliness’ of 2018. Personally, I’m ready for something a little more refined (and dare I say sexy!).” — Jenny Walton, fashion illustrator
“Sock sneakers and sock boots are being replaced by combat boots, [which are] popping up in our top searches. We’re seeing styles in black leather with chunky soles and a cool-girl detail. Leading brands for the combat boot are Prada and Valentino.” — Alison Stiefel
“We’re seeing a decline in searches for metallic shoes, including a double-digit decline for metallic sneakers. Instead, logos are making their way to shoes and will reign supreme in 2019. You’ll see logos on everything from sneakers to heels from some of our favorite designers like Prada, Gucci, and Versace.” — Alison Stiefel
“The platform sneaker trend is winding down, with the dad sneaker holding on strong and taking its place for 2019. Styles from Balenciaga and Fila are leading the trend on ShopStyle.” — Alison Stiefel