These New Franken-Shoe Trends Are Coming for Your Wardrobe

E-commerce categories on the footwear front have historically been pretty straightforward: Boots, flats, heels, trainers and possibly a separate tab for sandals during summer. But lately, we’ve noticed a whole host of subcategories, microtrends that have become so popular they warrant an entirely new area to help refine your search. Topshop alone has 14 separate sections in its footwear department, including clogs, slides, and mules. But that’s not where this desire for new shoes ends.

Take Gucci’s (now iconic) furry backless flats—part classic loafers, part bonkers slippers—which appeared during Alessandro Michele’s Gucci F/W 15 debut. They caused a stir on the runway then and have continued to sell out, season on season, ever since. These weren’t fashion’s first foray into hybrid kicks, though. Stella McCartney’s Elyse platform brogues (sophisticated lace-ups meet Spice Girl–inspired stilts), which emerged at the designer’s F/W 14 show, are now synonymous with the brand and boast a global fan base including Olivia Palermo, Kendall Jenner, and Gwyneth Paltrow.