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?
In: Architectural Heels
"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
Shop architectural heels:
Out: Flat Pool Slides
In: Teva-Inspired Sandals
"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
Shop sporty sandals:
Out: "Ugly" Trends
In: Refined Heels
"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
Shop refined heels:
Out: Sock Boots
In: Combat Boots
"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
Shop lace-up boots:
"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
Shop logo shoes:
Out: Platform Sneakers
In: Dad Sneakers
"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
Shop dad sneakers:
"Copy (200 words): Lauren Eggertsen is currently the editorial director of Who What Where and has worked at the company for nearly seven years, where she started as an associate editor and has since worked her way up. Lauren has over 10 years of experience in the fashion editorial space, starting her career with internships at Marc Jacobs, Marie Claire, and The Zoe Report, where she was later hired as their editorial assistant. Lauren has worked in the Los Angeles and New York Who What Wear offices but currently calls L.A. home. It is here where she leads and manages Who What Wear's fashion team and oversees all day-to-day editorial content and large tentpole moments. This includes all of the runway, trend, and shopping-driven content that ultimately helps to build a strong brand reputation within the industry. Lauren's role also includes helping to set the fashion direction for all original photo shoots and often styles many of the celebrity cover shoots, including big names like Sydney Sweeney, Lindsay Lohan, and Megan Fox.
She has also attended multiple fashion weeks, including New York, London, and Milan, where her personal style has been featured on sites such as Elle.com, HarpersBazaar.com, and Vogue.co.uk. She prides herself on discovering and supporting small brands and on her knack for a good vintage shopping find. When she isn't working, she enjoys researching and dining at reputable restaurants around both her neighborhood and the globe.