4 Shoe Trends Totally Flunking—and What We'll Wear Instead in 2020

Call it cliché, but there’s something about the start of the New Year that always gets us itching for a wardrobe refresh—especially in the shoe department. And while we've already noted some of the upcoming 2020 footwear trends, we thought we'd take it one step further (wink wink) and dive into the new shoe styles worth testing out first, and alternatively, those silhouettes that can be stored away so ensure you keep up your shoe game.

On that note, we tapped Hallie Spradlin, the accessories director behind trend-forecasting Mecca Fashion Snoops, to give us her expert opinion on the footwear trends to say hello (and goodbye) to. Keep scrolling for the ultimate 2020 shoe digest, complete with notes from Spradlin. Plus, shop styles that are on the must-try list.

Out: Loafer Slides

"It may be time to pack away the backless, jacquard slipper styles for now in favor of the more functional day-to-day silhouettes."

In: Elevated Loafers

The Flat Shoe Trends That Are In and Out for 2020


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"This traditional silhouette references Americana heritage but with new design details that make it a must-have. Crocodile-embossed uppers, block heels, and chunkier soles are key elements for this new wardrobe staple."

Out: Sock Boots

"Knit styles had their moment, but more elevated silhouettes add desired sophistication and structure."

In: Snakeskin Booties

The Ankle Boot Shoe Trends That Are In and Out in 2020


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"It's the It material for boots of all shapes and sizes—from structured knee-high silhouettes to ankle-boot styles alike. Crocodile-embossed is a favorite look, but python is also key in a range of warm hues."

Out: Flip-Flops

"With the amount of slip-on options available—from kitten heels to slide mules—there are endless options in favor of flip-flops for going to the beach or even running a quick errand."

In: Kitten-Heel Mules

The Shoe Trends That Are In and Out in 2020


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"One and a half inches can do wonders in elevating a look, so consider kitten heels seasonal staples. Strappy styles are essential for spring while statement colors are the perfect addition to a tailored look."

Out: Minimal Tennis Shoes

"All-white sneakers evolve into more retro silhouettes instead of basic white plimsolls for a more graduated level of sophisticated nostalgia."

In: Statement Sneakers

The Sneaker Trends That Are In and Out in 2020


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"Whether it is in silhouette or color, statement sneakers or chunky soles, bold prints or pop colors, put the 'fun' in 'function' for comfortable footwear that doesn't sacrifice style."