The Fashion Crowd Has Spoken—5 Shoe Styles That Look the Chicest With Shorts


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With the weather heating up, it’s time to evaluate your shorts drawer. Longline shorts and baggier silhouettes are definitely trending with the fashion crowd, as are classic paperbag-waist shorts, denim shorts, and co-ord shorts sets. To elevate said shorts and make them feel more fashion-forward, shoes are the perfect addition. A simple T-shirt and denim shorts can be upgraded with a pair of slingback kitten heels or chunky flatforms. 

For outfit inspiration, I’ve evaluated the top five shoe styles fashion people are pairing with their shorts. Shop some of the leading styles in each of these categories below and prepare for a shoe shelf update.

Slingback Heels


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Slingback heels are a trending style right now and an unexpected choice to pair with shorts but very chic. A lower heel height feels refined and a luxe bag can finish off the look.

Strappy Heels


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Super-strappy sandals are another style that is very hot this season. A minimal, sophisticated pair feels elegant with a long pair of shorts. Plus, these heels will go very far in your spring and summer closet.



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Wedge heels are definitely in their moment, and whether in lucite versions, sculptural heels, or the quintessential ’90s silhouette, expect to see these all over this warm-weather season. Style them with adorable co-ord short sets, longline shorts, and baggy "jorts.” Another option I can get behind for comfort.



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Sneakers are by far my choice footwear for any season or ensemble. So paper-bag-waist shorts, tube socks, and sneakers are the ideal bottom half for all warm-weather outfits. All of your favorite brands have reinvented their staple styles as well as releasing exciting new styles.

Flatform Sandals


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Chunky flatforms are a choice trend of my own due to comfort, so I’m thrilled to see them styled in versatile ways this summer. Pop on a thick-soled platform with any look and opt for color for a bright accent.

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Copelyn Bengel
Associate Shopping Editor

Copelyn is the associate shopping editor for Who What Wear based in New York City. She writes about fashion and accessory trends in addition to creating original content.

Before her time at Who What Wear, Copelyn was at Bustle Digital Group working on the accessory market for cover shoots and fashion features across Nylon, The Zoe Report, Bustle, Romper, and Elite Daily. Copelyn has also previously worked at InStyle and Cosmopolitan in the fashion and accessory departments on shopping and fashion market.

Copelyn has a journalism degree in editing and graphic design from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, Copelyn freelances in graphic and web design in the fashion-and-lifestyle space. She also loves to upcycle clothing and home décor as well as collect an embarrassing number of colorful sneakers and experiment with her hair color.