These 4 Heel Trends Feel Outdated, But We're All About These 4


(Image credit: @kristenmarienichols)

Flats (especially ballet flats at the moment) will always be a staple for many given their comfortable and chic nature, but beautiful heels are also sometimes hard to resist. If you adore a heel moment or want to add a new pair to your offering, you're going to love what's coming your way. 

Yep, a few of the fashion editors on the team are sharing the heel trends they're particularly feeling at the moment given their forward design qualities. On the flip slide, they also decided to highlight the styles they're not as into and probably won't buy this season given their somewhat outdated nature. Of course, it's to note that all of this information is based on personal preferences, and you should always wear whatever you love, regardless of what someone else likes or doesn't like.

Keep scrolling to check out the top heel silhouettes of the moment, along with the styles that don't feel as fresh for the season. There's also a range of shopping inspiration if that's of interest. 

Loving: Pointed-Heel Mules

Not Loving as Much: Super-High Stilettos


"I've cooled off on super-high stilettos [five inches and up] in recent years. I can't get enough of the pointed heel mules that are everywhere this season."—Kristen Nichols, senior editor

Loving: Crystal Heels

Not Loving as Much: Heels With an Ornate Heel


"I'm finding that I'm gravitating away from shoes with an ornate architectural heel. The trend I'm gravitating toward is heels covered in crystals. Think Prada, Anima Muaddi, and Mach & Mach (but you can find more affordable versions at Zara, Mango, and Reformation right now)."—Allyson Payer, senior editor

Loving: Platforms

Not Loving as Much: Lace-Up Heels


"A heel trend that I can't get enough of is platform heels. I feel like I can take on the world in my platforms, and they're always a go-to of mine. A heel trend that feels outdated to me are lace-up heels. I remember when every fashion girl I followed would always spot the lace-up sandal for summer, but something about it just doesn't feel current or on-trend anymore."—Grace O'Connell-Joshua, assistant shopping editor

Loving: Metallic Heels

Not Loving as Much: Bright Heels


"I'm not going to lie, I love a little shimmer and shine, and luckily this fall, metallic heels are having a major moment. I'll be leaning into the trend fully this fall and putting colorful, saturated shades on the back burner for now."—Judith Jones, senior market editor

Next, check out more gorgeous heels to consider for the season.

Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.