Who does not have a soft spot for shoes? Despite all this fashion month – and it has many, many things – it is the best and worst occasion for anyone with a shoe habit. The Spring/Summer 2023 offerings are no exception, and the predictions for the season’s shoe trends are really cool. What lies ahead is equal parts eccentric, rustic, nostalgic, and futuristic. Supermodels all over the world, from New York and London to Paris and Milan, have spent the past few weeks walking the catwalks and making us all think the rent has to pay itself somehow, because I might die without those mules. Below, read about the Spring 2023 shoe trends that are bound to be seen everywhere this spring. Who knows, you might even find something to add to your cart ahead of time.
Far and away, the biggest footwear trend right now is ballet flats. A bit of a dark horse too, right? If you think you’ve seen the last of these with Blair Waldorf, you think you’re wrong. Between New York Fashion Week and Copenhagen, flats popped up everywhere. They provided the basis for looks at Remain, Foo and Foo, Coach, Dauphinette and Victor Glemaud. Obviously, no Tory Burch show is complete without the famous designer’s slippers. Even Sandy Liang got into the flat business. After spending the winter months in boots and fleece socks, a simple pair of light boots may be what you need.
These aren’t your dad’s Merrills, nor are your standard Birkenstocks or Crocs—although we love them, too. Perhaps one of the more polarizing styles, allow Simon Miller’s enviable variety or Fendi’s unconventional performances this month to convince you that clogs definitely deserve a moment in the spotlight. Crossroads of comfort, orthotic support, and couture? This is where I will be living this spring.
cowboy high boots
The summoning captain is clear: If you ever leave the house in 2022, you’ve likely seen this trend out in the wild at least once or twice. I’m here to tell you that the western boot trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be extensive, admittedly, this style is fun for everyone. It can be implemented in subtle ways as well, so don’t worry about confusing yourself with the rancher. Just look at the rotation made by Ganni. (When he’s on the Ganni runway, you I know It’s cool.) Join the Cowgirl Costume Design, all of you.
Remember the wraparound knee-high gladiator sandals of yesteryear? Well, a surprising number of shows this season have given the style a stylish upgrade. We’ve seen traditional sandals, dance-appropriate platforms, and pumps like the one from Prabal Gurung. They might take a little more effort to tie than a single ankle strap or a slip-on shoe, but the look? It pays off.
From winter fashion to spring bag trends, the current scene is all about standing out. Here we are, reinforced, and ready for it I have seen. Sneakers are great for the airport, neutral shoes are perfect for wall painting, but when it comes to what shoes to wear? It’s time to make a statement. Per Khaite, LaQuan Smith and Victor Glemaud, the statement that shines is the only one worth making.
rounded fingers? I went there and did it. Field? Verse. Your style is sharp, and your Toebox should be, too. Take this spring’s other footwear trends, like Tory Burch flats, western boots, or lace-up styles, and narrow them down further (literally) to pointy shoe choices for shoes that are really on point. Well, I’ll stop, but seriously, Christian Siriano, Prabal Gurung and Victor Glimud are all among the posters making a case for pointy toes this season.
Meg Donohue is Associate Fashion Merchandising Editor at ELLE.com. Her passions include spicy foods, sustainability, and remaking Y2K Charlie’s Angels. You’ll never stop hoping for a one-way reunion tour.