It's True: These 8 Shoe Colours Will Lead the Trends in 2024

If there's one thing I've learned in my fashion-editor tenure, it's that shoes have transformative powers that no other accessory or garment can compare to. Want to make your fanciest dress feel more low-key? Try a flat. Want to dress up a knitted two-piece? Add a heeled knee-high. Want to take a pair of trousers from ordinary to extraordinary? Pop on an embellished ballet pump. They really are the influencers of the fashion world. 

If you're looking to make your outfits feel fresh as we head into 2024, you know what my solution is going to be: Shoes! Of course, some shoes aren't seasonly appropriate right now—unless you're planning on jetting off to warmer climes, chances are your need for flip-flips is negated at this point. This is why I'm turning my attention to the shoe colour trends that are set to be big in 2024. 


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At the start of each season, I like to take a look at the runways to see which colours stand out across a variety of categories—clothing, bags and, yes, shoes. Colour is the earliest predictor of new trends and one of the easiest of said trends to adopt, making it a quick way to bring your outfits up to speed ahead of a new season. After analysing thousands of catwalk snaps from the spring/summer 2024 shows, I identified a recurring theme. Below are the eight shoe colours I kept seeing over and over again. So, if you want to look current in 2024, I suggest taking a look at the footwear below. 

1. RED


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As seen at: Arkis, Fendi, Balmain

Red has been a consistent colour trend across the past few seasons, but fashion isn't through with the fiery tone. Now, it's about how you wear it, and the most popular way of doing so on the runway was with shoes with clashing outfit combinations, such as a sky-blue outfit. 

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As seen at: Ferragamo, Fendi, Tod's 

The colour brown became the height of chic as the quiet-luxury aesthetic peaked in the summer months, which is likely why it was such a big deal when the spring/summer 2024 collections were shown come September. Dominating coats, trousers, dresses and bags, it should come as no surprise that brown shoes are set to carry the colour's legacy on into the new year. 

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As seen at: Gucci, Simone Rocha, Alaïa

Silver has been at the centre of so many trends lately, be it jewellery or trousers. Now, we're seeing more and more silver shoes come through in both the high end and high street markets, presenting a wearable way to tackle the trend. Gucci's crystal-fringed kitten heels will be the shoe of spring/summer 2024—mark my words. 

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As seen at: Carven, Vivetta, Prada

I wrote that I once thought white shoes looked "cheap" but, really, it was the white shoes I'd bought myself in the past that were cheap. Now, with interesting details such as square toes, in on-trend silhouettes such as slingbacks and ballet flats, and with a nuance on the shade used, white shoes are back and more elevated-looking than ever. 

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As seen at: Gucci, Burberry, Bottega Veneta

It might surprise you to learn that, aside from red, green was the prevailing shoe colour on the runways. Worn with everything from shocking blue coats to crimson flowers the shade acts as a palate cleanser, a purifier for busier outfits, akin to its impact in nature.

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As seen at: Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Tod's

Another colour with '90s heritage that's poised to be big in 2024 is grey, especially shades with warm, taupe undertones. This being precisely what we saw in shoe form on the runway. This new take on neutral will serve you well as it'll pair with everything you would originally wear black shoes with. You could say they're even more versatile, as they'll also suit colours and fabrics black may be a little harsh against. 

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As seen at: Bottega Veneta, Zimmermann, Victoria Beckham

Where there is silver, gold can never be too far behind. For 2024, there's a focus on metallics across the colour spectrum, but classicists will appreciate the gold tones that are a mainstay. The more reflective the surface, the better, being the runway mantra. 

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As seen at: Eudon Choi, Fendi, Miu Miu

Blue is one of those colours that can hit very different depending on its tone and intensity. For 2024, designers have taken the delicate approach with icy blue hues, which were painted across clothing and accessories alike. But there's something especially appealing about a blue shoe, especially if it's paired with darker prints and colours like this leopard print coat at Fendi. Beautiful. 

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.