Despite the fact that the ground outside is covered in either a) snow or b) mud, I find myself thinking spring. I’m at that stage where I fantasize about sandals and light-colored sneakers…then grumpily stuff my feet back into whatever sort of mud-covered, all-weather boots I’m wearing these days. Soon, though…
The spring footwear trends of 2022 are a little more exciting than last year (mostly fuzzy slides and glorified slippers, if you recall…I wasn’t mad about it), but I’m looking forward to wearing some Real Shoes again. Nostalgia is also making a heavy comeback, so if you still dream about those black ’90s mules that were both comfy AND went with everything…
You’re in luck.
The 9 Spring Shoe Trends For 2022 I’m Most Excited To Wear
We are living in a time of such connectedness that anything you can possibly want to wear…is probably being worn by someone, somewhere. There’s an element here of Everything’s In Style! Wear What You Want!
That’s all true.
So what I’m offering up is a short list of shoe picks (trends?) that I’m the most excited to wear this spring and summer. Many of these shoes styles are trending (it’s often hard to find them in stock), and this is hardly an exhaustive list. But if you, too, are looking forward to wearing real shoes this spring — shoes that are walkable, practical and cute (with a heavy dose of nostalgia)…here’s my list.
1. Retro Sneakers
featured: Veja SDU RT Sneakers, Anthropologie
Old school, retro sneakers are making a comeback, and their lower profile is great for anyone who never really embraced the Dad sneaker. You can find retro sneaks that ultimately read clean and white (with subtle pops of color) or bright, bold retro sneaks that are awash in color.
2. Western Boots
featured: We The Free Montage Tall Boots, Free People
Cowboy boots are still going strong, and are especially good for spring with dresses. I’m especially draw to some of the statement cowboy boots — they’re GORGEOUS. If you don’t want full-on cowboy, Laura featured an incredibly wearable pair with a lower profile. They look SO good with jeans.
featured: Comme de Garcons PLAY Converse
I warned you about that hefty dose of nostalgia, right?? Well…bust out your old Converse high-tops because they are, arguably, one of the hottest shoes of the season (and are almost always sold out).
4. Ballet Flats
featured: Loeffler Randall Leonie Ballet Flat
In addition to something called, “Balletcore,” ballet flats are also making a comeback. Frankly, I couldn’t wait…I’ve been wearing them for the last couple of years. Ballet flats, especially comfortable, walkable ones, are still some of my favorite pairs of shoes to fem up slouchy boyfriend jeans (Like this)
5. ’90s Mules & Slides
featured: FP Harbor Flatform Sandals
My sister recently pointed out that the exact same pair of Steve Madden slides she wore in the ’90s are now being sold at Nordstrom. Which she promptly bought. “Why not?” she remarked, on our last call. “They’re super-comfy, and we wore those things with everything: shorts, dresses, black bar pants…” TRUE. And — omg haha — Nordstrom’s write up on the shoe suggests that they’ll add “a hint of retro allure.” Whatever that means. But I’m not mad about it.
featured: Loeffler Randall Clogs
This is not the first spring that clogs have clomped on into the scene, but I’m still not even close to being over them. Especially since 70s vibes aren’t going anywhere soon.
7. Platform Everything (Sneakers, Heels, Boots)
featured: Nike Icon Classic Sandals
While platform heels can be slightly terrifying, platform boots, sneakers and sandals have become one of my very favorite trends. I love the extra bit of height, and the vibes — sometimes playful, sometimes badass — that the platform detail brings to a shoe. Here are a few pairs of platform shoes (a mix of all types) that I’m personally eyeing up.
8. Contrast Sole Boots
featured: Steve Madden Char Boots
I bought a pair of red contrasting sole boots (Sorel’s Waterproof Brex boots) this winter, and they’re just SO fun to wear. They immediately take an outfit in a sporty direction, but one that still reads Fashion Girl. I like it. I rounded up both brightly colored contrast sole boots AND (if you scroll a little) a more subtle take on the trend.
featured: Stuart Weitzman Wedges
Wedges seem to be making a comeback, which is great news for any of us heading to an outdoor wedding this summer. I mean…what other kind of heel can be worn in the grass? In general, my personal preference for wedges is ones that have an almost minimalist profile, and, as always, tons of comfort.
Oh, hey, Pinners…