I Spot Micro-Trends Like It's My Job—Here Are 8 Shoe Styles About to Blow Up

Welcome to Micro-Trends. In this series, I'm zeroing in on the hyper-specific iterations of what's trending at large, and I've become somewhat of an expert at spotting them. (Okay, it's basically a pastime of mine at this point.) Once you discover this month's micro-trends, consider yourself an insider.

Trends come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they dictate an overall aesthetic, such as fall's bourgeoisie dressing trend, while other times they're all about the details you find on specific pieces. These details, my friends, are what I'm narrowing in on today. Whether it's a color trend I'm noticing, a certain embellishment, or even a styling trick fashion girls are trying lately, I can't help but call attention to the below eight shoe micro-trends because I'm literally seeing them on the feet of cool girls everywhere. (Just in case you needed a refresher on the big shoe trends for fall, we've got you covered here, too.) Now that you've caught up on the topline trends, let's dive into the details, shall we? Ahead, discover the micro-trends you can expect to see on the coolest shoes this fall.


As our senior news editor (and unofficial Scandi style expert) Erin recently pointed out, this styling trick was all over the street during Copenhagen Fashion Week, and it combines two big trends—long, loose trousers and strappy heels—in a really fresh way.


You might want to put away your black heels for the time being. Bright hues like ocean blue, hot pink, and tomato red are dominating the heel category for fall and the unconventional colors are the perfect way to make all your outfits pop.


Calling it: Cow print is the new leopard for fall 2019, and it looks especially fresh in shoe form against an all-white outfit.


Is it too early to start planning my holiday party looks? Because the dangling and fringe crystal heels I'm starting to see bubble up will definitely make a cameo.


square toe boot trend



There are square-toe shoes and then there's this micro-trend. Exaggerated and sharp, fall's most forward square-toe boots are taking this major shoe trend to new levels.


Ruching is a micro-trend we're spotting on everything from bags to hair accessories, but the shoes feel like an especially fresh way to tackle the look.


Slouchy boots are about to reign supreme once the weathers cool down, and we predict that fashion's most forward crowd will be trying out the trend via these statement-making over-the-knee boots, especially this white pair from buzzy shoe label Amina Muaddi.


All the '90s sandals that dominated this summer are going flat. The sleek look incorporates everything we love about the barely there sandals but is even more wearable than its heeled counterparts.