The Royal-Approved Shoe Trend That Will Reign Supreme This Spring


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What’s the easiest way to add a fresh and modern touch to your 2020 ensembles? With a brand-spanking-new pair of shoes, of course! The spring 2020 runways were rife with exciting soles to stimulate our sartorial senses this year—from chain details to over-the-knee-boots and sunny, vibrant hues. But what we’re particularly loving this year is the resurgence of heeled loafers. Well, let’s be honest they’ve never really gone out of style. Queen Elizabeth II can certainly attest to that. For over five decades, HRH has been wearing her beloved custom-made Anello & Davide block-heeled loafers with every stately outfit under the sun. Kate Middleton has also followed suit, spotted in the preppy trend over the past few years.

Expect to see the royal-approved trend on an Insta feed near you before spring 2020 even arrives. The sophisticated shoes were omnipresent on the runways and featured intriguing sartorial twists, such as slingback styles, buckles, textured fabrics, mules, and fun patterns. Whatever style you choose, they’ll be the most refreshingly cool new addition to your 2020 wardrobe. See the chicest styles spotted on the runways below and shop our favorites to get ahead of the trend right now.


On the Runway:
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At Louis Vuitton, heeled loafers took center stage—seen embossed with metallic hardware, tassels, patterned fabrics and in pristine white hues.


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Leather brown and white loafers came with standout metallic buckle details at Prada.


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Fendi's loafers came in slingback styles in pretty pops of yellow and pink.


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Loewe's classic black-and-white patent leather loafers are the perfect option to add to your work wardrobe this year.


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Opt for a modern touch with a loafer-mule hybrid as seen at Lanvin.


On the 'Gram:
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Match your neutral ensemble with a sophisticated off-white pair.


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Gold hardware details adds polish to your winter basics.


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Show off your socks with your loafers for a cool-girl winter look.

Shop the trend:

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Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear and has worked in fashion for nearly a decade. Judith started on the Shop Who What Wear team, creating content and managing a team of merchandisers for the Who What Wear shopping app. She later crossed over to the editorial team, where she shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands in her shopping-focused stories and social takeovers. She has become one of the top affiliate earners during her six plus years at Who What Wear. Before working in fashion, Judith was a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and shared her passion for travel and food. She studied at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She later studied fashion merchandising and design, which laid the foundation for her career in fashion.