If You're Wearing One of These 8 Shoe Trends, I Know You're a Fashion Girl

As a self-proclaimed fashion girl who loves shoes, I find the following subject an easy one for me to speak to. I'm one of those annoying people who can't help but look at a person's shoes when I meet or greet them. They can say a lot about them and will immediately tell me if the person is sporty, appreciates comfort, watches the weather, and/or pays attention to fashion.

As a fashion editor, it's my job to have an acute knowledge of the latest trends—shoes included. So if I spot one of these latest and greatest shoe trends on someone in the wild (or the wild that is Instagram), I know they're following fashion to some degree, perhaps even by reading Who What Wear (shameless plug). I compiled eight specific shoe trends that prove your fashion-girl street cred at this very moment, and if that's something you want more of, keep scrolling to shop them for yourself.

Thong Heels


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This Y2K shoe trend is one of the biggest shoe trends of spring/summer 2021, so if you're a fashion girl (or have at least been shopping lately), this is probably on your radar.

Shop thong heels:



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Clogs have officially been resurrected, and fashion girls are embracing the '70s vibe that they give to an outfit.

Shop clogs:

Retro Sneakers


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The retro-sneaker trend is still reigning supreme, so when I see a pair, it's safe to assume I've found a sneaker-loving fashion girl.

Shop retro sneakers:

Anything Amina Muaddi


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When you see a pair of very cool, very fancy shoes that have some element of sparkle, they're probably Amina Muaddi shoes. As a testament to their popularity, every time they're restocked, they sell out again.

Shop Amina Muaddi shoes:

Bubblegum Pink


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Bubblegum pink is the It color of the season, and it's made its way to fashion girls' feet.

Shop bubblegum-pink shoes:



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You no longer have to wait for a rainy day to bust out the wellies. Fashion girls are wearing them on even the sunniest of days.

Shop wellies:

"Weird" Heel Shapes


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Sculptural heels are the "weird" shoe trend that will start plenty of conversations and earn many compliments. I love that they add an interesting element to even the most basic of outfits.

Shop sculptural heels:

Chunky Loafers


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Chunky loafers (especially when paired with crew socks) became quite popular in the fall and still feel fresh. Wear them with anything from miniskirts to denim.

Shop chunky loafers:

Next up, 7 Designer Shoes That Will Reach It Status in 2021

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.