Pillow Shoes—The Latest Trend to Win Over the Fashion Set


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Taking a look through the spring collections, there is no denying the influx of comfortable shoe trends from designers. A turn away from the usually dominant runway heels, we spotted styles like cushy thongs, clogs, and a range of house shoes including everything from shaggy logo slippers to colorful platforms to woven leather slides. In their S/S 21 collection, Louis Vuitton offered another take on the cozy shoe with their "pillow boots”—a sock-like ankle boot crafted from quilted nylon and finished with the brand’s iconic monogram logo. Just launched this week, we’re already seeing them everywhere.

The fashion set has been quick to embrace the high-fashion take on a comfy shoe. Pairing them with everything from sweatpants to leggings, nothing could feel more spot-on for 2020 than this cozy take on an It-shoe. Part of a larger movement towards comfortable shoes, we expect to see even more versions popping up for spring. Ahead, see how fashion insiders are already wearing the pillow shoe trend that’s about to go viral.

On the runway:

Nicolas Ghesquière introduced the Louis Vuitton pillow boots in the brand's S/S 21 collection, styled with graphic dresses, slouchy shorts, and cropped collared tops. While it makes sense to slip into the puffy boots during the cold winter months, I also envision seeing them long into 2021 worn with shorter hemlines.


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On the fashion set:

The pillow shoe trend is the one we've all been waiting for in 2020. The cozy factor alone makes them something that feels practical to wear right now but the monogram detail on the Louis Vuitton pair lends a high-fashion element that instantly makes them Instagrammable. Paired with a sweatpant suit, leggings, or a long coat, they're the ultimate addition to a cozy loungewear wardrobe.


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Shop the Louis Vuitton pillow boots:

Released this week, the Louis Vuitton pillow boots are available in three neutral shades—black, green, and white—and finished with the brand's signature monogram print. These cloud-like boots are as covetable as it gets when it comes to the rising house shoe trend that I'm expecting to see much more of in 2021.

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Next, read about the It-bag that will be everywhere next month.

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.