The Shoe Trend That Is Officially Replacing Naked Shoes

Shoe styles tend to come and go like the wind, so much so that it really is rather difficult to keep up. If staying ahead of the trends isn't your job like it is mine, then no one expects you to know anything about anything until we tell you. Today, we want you to think back to last summer when the naked shoe dominated the footwear scene and Barbie feet became the hottest Instagram sensation since selfies. The early 2018 naked shoe was PVC-focused. Then, it transformed into the barely there strappy sandal, and now, the 2019 naked shoe is all about mesh. 

Mesh shoes have officially dominated the market, coming in variations ranging from fine- to larger-netted styles. The now-iconic Bottega Veneta pumps might instantly come to mind, but there are dozens of other designers churning out versions that are chic as well. We love this iteration of the naked shoe for multiple reasons, one being that unlike in years past, you can actually wear this one during the winter. Since a majority of the mesh shoes right now are pumps or mules, this means you can style them with tights, socks, or on their own should the weather allow. The idea of a barely there shoe is still present via the sheer mesh, but this season's read more elevated, approachable, and, honestly, a tad more mature. 

Ahead, see a quick look back at the most popular naked shoes over the past few years, and then shop the mesh winter shoe trend we're backing this season. 


Early 2018: PVC Naked Shoes
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2018 to Early 2019: Floss Heels
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Winter 2019: Mesh Shoes
(Image credit: @louloudesaison)

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Lauren Eggertsen is currently the editorial director of Who What Wear and has worked at the company for over eight years, where she started as an associate editor and has since worked her way up. Lauren has over 10 years of experience in the fashion editorial space, starting her career with internships at Marc Jacobs, Marie Claire, and The Zoe Report, where she was later hired as their editorial assistant. Lauren has worked in the Los Angeles and New York Who What Wear offices but currently calls L.A. home. It is here where she leads and manages Who What Wear's fashion team and oversees all day-to-day editorial content and large tentpole moments. This includes all of the runway, trend, and shopping-driven content that ultimately helps to build a strong brand reputation within the industry. Lauren's role also includes helping to set the fashion direction for all original photo shoots and often styles many of the celebrity cover shoots, including big names like Kaia Gerber, Normani, and Kristen Stewart.

She has also attended multiple fashion weeks, including New York, London, Milan, and Paris, where her personal style has been featured on sites such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and Elle. She prides herself on discovering and supporting small brands and on her knack for a good vintage shopping find. When she isn't working, she enjoys researching and dining at reputable restaurants around both her neighborhood and the globe.