5 Divisive Shoe Styles That Are Trending for Spring

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Every time a new season comes around, it’s a given that not every trend (no matter how prevalent) will be a fit for every person’s taste or style. Some trends are more or less favorable among buyers, critics, editors, and consumers, while others can be a bit more divisive. In other words, they spark more of a debate than your average trend, and the sides tend to feel strongly in favor of or against whatever the item in question is.

My senses tell me that such is bound to be the case for a handful of shoe styles that are about to be everywhere come warmer weather. The five spring shoe trends you’ll soon see below are just the type to evoke either love or hate, and it’s nearly impossible to predict who will lean toward one side or the other. So to see them for yourself, make up your own mind, and do a little shopping along the way (if you so please), just keep scrolling.  

1. Clogs

Miu Miu S/S 20
Controversial Spring Shoe Trends  -  Clogs


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The wooden wonders indeed rose from the dead and made their way into countless S/S 20 runways including Miu Miu, Marni, and Eckhaus Latta.

2. Thong Heels

A.W.A.K.E Mode S/S 20
Controversial Spring Shoe Trends  - Thong Heels



If you thought that thong heels blew up last spring, just know that was just the beginning. This season, they're back and bigger than ever. 

3. Flatforms

Tibi S/S 20
Controversial Spring Shoe Trends  - Flatforms


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I generally have found that there are two camps when it comes to flatforms: those who find them extremely comfortable and those who fear spraining an ankle in them. Which camp are you in? 

4. Gladiator Sandals

Valentino S/S 20
Controversial Spring Shoe Trends  - Gladiator Sandals


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The tan line factor alone might be enough for some to reject them, but there's no denying that there's something appealing about ancient shoe style which has managed to stay relevant after all these years. 

5. Two-Tone

Givenchy S/S 20
Controversial Spring Shoe Trends  - Two-Tone


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Bold, two-tone heels and boots (most commonly in black and white) were not only big on the runways but prevalent among some of our accessory brands such as Wandler and Manu Atelier.

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