The 2019 Trend That Ended Backless Loafers

Backless loafers have had a very long moment in the sun, with the trend first emerging on fashionable feet starting around 2015. Fast-forward to 2019, and while the once-omnipresent shoe trend is still around, there's one notable new style vying for attention. 

Nineties-inspired kitten heels have steadily been climbing up the trend ladder. Once considered kitschy or unflattering, the comfortable shoe silhouette is all but cemented as a chic choice thanks to buzzworthy brands like By Far, Staud, and Cult Gaia. Taking it a step further, influencers have illustrated just how versatile and sleek slipping into a pair of low-heel sandals can actually be (plus, they're way less hard on your feet than the '80s-reminiscent stilettos we've seen as of late).

Ahead, see our roundup of the recent spring looks showcasing the trend and shop our picks to test-drive it this season. You, and your foot arches, won't regret it.

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You can always count on Tibi to do a chic low heel.

We'll wear anything that is Olsen-approved. Can you blame us?

A pop of sky-blue sandals is the perfect way to greet the spring season.

Allow us to introduce you to your new party shoes.

If a super-slim heel doesn't appeal to you, then find a block iteration that's still low to the ground, like these black strappy beauties.

Winter whites are now spring whites, which means these sandals are a worthy investment.

Style these sandals with a colorful sheer sock for an unexpected look.

We can see Carrie Bradshaw traipsing around town in these.

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Style with a floral midi dress and straw bag for a picnic-ready look.

In case you like being complimented on your shoes.

Grass green is the new slime green; you heard it here first.

A classic shoe you'll wear year after year.

Swap out your stilettos for these sensible (and equally stylish) heels.

Always looking ahead? Here are the most important shoe trends for fall 2019.