12 Outdated Shoe Styles That Are Making A Comeback

Written by Indrani Karmakar  • 

Shoe trends come and go, and it definitely pays to stay updated on the latest styles. The best part is, some trends make a comeback earlier than we can imagine, and others we hold onto a little longer for the comfort and style they provide. So if you have a boot you can’t seem to say goodbye to, maybe it’s time to flaunt it, because it could be in trend again! Read on to know all the shoes that are popular and trendy now!

1. Sneakers

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Fashionistas and designers were becoming frustrated with the lack of stylish options in sneakers. Slip-on sneakers that draw attention to the wearer’s calves are out, while clean, simple designs from designers like Marine Serre, the brand Gucci, Ralph & Russo, and House of Holland are in. For those who aren’t scared to stand out from the crowd, Jamie Wei Huang & Longchamp have designed a pair of fashionable sock shoes.

2. Peep Toe Sandals

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Ease of movement is a key component of every outfit. Since narrow closed heels were making our gait unsteady, we naturally shifted to higher platforms. Comfort is a priority for designers like Johan Van Noten, Prabal Gurung, and Tibi.

3. Mary Janes

Mary Janes
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According to the designers, flats are the way to go in spring. Mary Janes with a strap over the instep and a rounded toe will take their place. This timeless shoe design was chosen by designers such as Maison Margiela, DROMe, and Marc Jacobs.

4. Boots

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Designers including Jeremy Scott and Coach want us to think outside the box and ditch our usual beige, brown, plain black wardrobes for something more exciting, like colored boots!

5. Transparent Shoes

Transparent Shoes
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It has astonished us that see-through footwear has been trendy for so long. They aren’t comfy or environmentally responsible, but semi transparent shoes are still something we are leaning towards.

6. Ankle Boots

Ankle Boots
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Designers like Michael Kors, Gabriela Hearst, and Valentino all seem to be suggesting that we launch into the next decade from a lofty perch. Pick up a pair of shoes with rattan bottoms if you would like to be on the cutting edge of shoe fashion.

7. Mules

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The soles of Sabo shoes are always thick and cushioned, and the heels are broad and comfortable. Both Marc Jacobs and Anna Sui, who work in the fashion industry, recommend wearing flats or sandals on the sand and taller heels in the city.

8. Straps

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A few years ago, the most popular trend was for women to wear pumps with a stripe along the center of the foot, from the toes to the ankle strap. But times are shifting, and the “gladiator” sandal has had its year in the sun. Not very long ago, practically every runway show had a pair of these shoes with a unique lacing style.

9. Closed Heels

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To attend a red ribbon event in style, a star must always wear closed-toe heels. The slingback design, popular in the 1950s, is making a comeback this year. Shoe designers such as Coach, Louis Vuitton, Proenza Schouler & Tory Burch have all suggested trying out Christian Dior’s groundbreaking style for spring. They conceived of the peculiar heels, a plethora of ornamental features, and the bold hues that invite experimentation. You can’t go wrong with pastels either.

10. Rounded Shoes

Rounded Shoes
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Any fashion magazine editor would yawn at the sight of plain rounded-toe flats. We should try some pointy-toed shoes in spring, like those from Gucci, Saint Laurent, and the Michael Kors Collection. However, square-toed shoes will be their most popular, including those from Miu Miu, Proenza Schouler, and DROMe.

11. Velvet Shoes

Velvet Shoes
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Velvet has been replaced by more comfortable fabric, a long time ago. When wearing such shoes, you should take extra precautions to avoid tracking in grime and other debris that can be difficult to remove. However, with the right pair of shoes, you can achieve an absolutely sophisticated and feminine style, much like the models at the Zimmermann, Miu Miu, Dries Van Noten, Simone Rocha & Giambattista Valli runway shows.

12. Furry Sandals

Furry Sandals
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Remember when Gucci made their renowned fur-lined sabo shoes? High heels embellished with fur and feathers have replaced fur slippers, thanks to designers like Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu. But they were something, weren’t they!

So now that you know which of these are slowly making their way back in fashion, you can invest in them to make yourself look trendy on every outing. So which of these shoes is your personal favorite? Let us know in the comments section!

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