4 Shoes to Toss by Age 25


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We frequently talk about age-pegged content as it relates to 30-year-olds, but as someone who is about to turn 25 in just a few months, I'm a huge advocate for preparing for the quarter-life crisis I'm about to enter. I know, I know, 25 is still young, but it's also a milestone in my opinion. It's a time to reflect on your formative years, your education, your first career and, of course, your style evolution. Speaking of style evolutions, I can almost guarantee that there are a few wardrobe choices you've made pre-25 that you definitely don't need mocking you any longer. Here, I'm going to walk you through the shoes you should toss by age 25. From worn-in athletic shoes that could be hurting your body to ambitious high heels you wore in uni, it's time to face the facts—you're getting older, and your wardrobe should be a reflection of that.

Go on to find out which four shoes you should ditch by the age of 25, plus the ones you should buy instead.

TOSS: Worn Sports ShoesKEEP: Supportive Trainers

We've all accumulated a few pairs of running or athletic shoes over the years. Heck, some may even be from the beginning of school. While that might not seem like that long ago, that means those shoes are almost seven years old (gasp). Trainers are not something you want to keep around for too long. The wear and tear on your trainers is an echo of how the shoes will treat your body. When it comes to athletic shoes, you need a pair that will support you in every sport you participate in. A pair that's stylish and forward? Now that's even better.

Shop supportive trainers:

TOSS: Sky-High Stilettos KEEP: Versatile Heels

Sky-high stilettos were an ambitious choice you made all throughout your early 20s. Now that you're more established in your career, though, you're probably taking on a lot more than you anticipated and have a schedule that requires you to be at five different places at once, so you always want to be prepared. Toss the shoes that make your spine shiver, and swap them for versatile heels that will take you from work to a cocktail party with ease. We recommend low or block heels, anything that can be dressed up or down, and, of course, shoes you feel the most confident walking in.

Shop versatile heels:

TOSS: Rubber Flip-FlopsKEEP: Sleek Slides

Why keep wearing those flimsy rubber flip-flops you hardly like when you could wear any of the gorgeous and interesting slides ahead? Seriously, rubber flip-flops might be convenient, but that's exactly what they scream—convenience. You're officially at the age where dressing like an adult is no longer dressing like an adult because you kind of are one (whatever that means). Whether you're running errands, are headed to the beach or are looking for the easiest shoes on the planet, let sleek slides trump rubber flip-flops every time.

Shop sleek slides:

TOSS: Round-Toe FlatsKEEP: Pointed-Toe Loafers

I know, round-toe flats are oddly specific, but the shape is one that never looks as polished as it could, especially in comparison to pointed-toe flats. My preference for 25-year-olds? Pointed-toe slides. The shape of the flat elongates your legs and creates an interesting focal point to any outfit whether it be distressed jeans and a tee or a more work-appropriate look.

Shop pointed-toe loafers:

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Lauren Eggertsen is currently the editorial director of Who What Wear and has worked at the company for over eight 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 Kaia Gerber, Normani, and Kristen Stewart.

She has also attended multiple fashion weeks, including New York, London, Milan, and Paris, where her personal style has been featured on sites such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and Elle. 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.