5 Shoes Celebs Have Basically Stopped Wearing

Celebrities are an excellent barometer for what trends are in and out, which is obviously why we cover them so much here at Who What Wear. If the most stylish of celebs aren't wearing a certain trend anymore, it's probably on its way to fizzling out, like it or not. At the start of each new season, we think a lot about the status of all the trends, for obvious reasons. And today, we're focusing on shoes.

With stay-at-home orders in place for much of the year, 2020 was sort of a shoeless year, and a lot of shoes we were wearing before the pandemic just aren't that relevant anymore. On that note, there's no time like the present to examine a few shoe trends that were once loved by celebrities but have since fallen by the wayside. And who better to examine this with than women such as Rihanna, Hailey Bieber, and a few more of their fellow stylish celebrities. And while we're at it, find out which shoe styles they are wearing and shop them for yourself.

Stopped Wearing: Round-Toe Pumps

Still Wearing: Angular-Toe Heels

Unfortunately, one of the easiest ways to make an outfit look dated these days is to put on a pair of round-toe pumps. Celebs have officially traded them out for heels with cool, angular toes. It may be a small detail ut the shape of the toe makes a world of difference in a pair of shoes.


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On Rihanna: Nina Ricci coat; Chanel bag; Fenty shoes

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Stopped Wearing: Flat Mules

Still Wearing: Loafers

Flat mules were so popular a few years ago, we didn't think the day would ever come when we'd bid them farewell (for now), but here we are. In their place, loafers have become the go-to when celebs reach for a pair of flats.


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On Katie Holmes: Mango Oversize Quilted Coat ($90); Vagabond Cosmo 2.0 Penny Loafers ($160)

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Stopped Wearing: Logo Pool Slides

Still Wearing: Minimalist Flat Sandals

There's certainly still a time and place for sporty slides (i.e. pilates class), but more sophisticated styles have outshined them as of late. Strappy, minimalist flat sandals lend vacation vibes to the outfits of celebs like Chrissy Teigen.


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On Chrissy Teigen: Zimmermann Pleated Bodice Top ($425); The Attico Draped Satin-Jacquard Midi Skirt ($312); Gianvito Rossi Leather Sandals ($775); Saint Laurent Grace Large Fringed Leather Tote ($2390)

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Stopped Wearing: Dad Sneakers

Still Wearing: Retro Sneakers

Dad sneakers have undoubtedly peaked, and the style that's replaced them is much easier to wear: retro sneakers. Styles that look like they stepped out of the '70s or '80s are the way to go right now.


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On Hailey Bieber: Bottega Veneta Coat ($3560) and The Pouch Bag ($3200); Baserange Tauro Pants ($315); Kaze Forest Pine Masks ($36); Nike sneakers

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Stopped Wearing: Kitten-Heel Ankle Boots

Still Wearing: Chunky Boots

Boots have gotten significantly more casual over the past year, so styles like the kitten heel ankle boots that were once a staple have been replaced by chunky combat and Chelsea boots.


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On Irina Shayk: Burberry jacket; Mayfair Group Empathy Always Sweatshirt ($98) and Sweatpants ($68); Both boots; Linda Farrow sunglasses

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Next up, 6 celebrities that are really good at shopping (and what they're wearing).

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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.