The 3 Shoes a Stylist Wants You to Retire Before Spring


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Yes, I'm aware that this winter seems never-ending, but hear me out. While the winter drones on, I'll be prepping my closet ahead of time so I'm ready to break out my freshest pieces at the first signs of spring. Which brings me to another topic I'm always game to discuss: shoes. If you looked at the current state of my shoe rack, boots and other wintery staples would fill your view, but it's about time I do some spring-cleaning. 

To get some intel on which pairs to ditch and the spring shoe trends I should replace them with, I reached out to celebrity stylist Andrew Gelwicks. He shared three shoe styles, in particular, he wishes you'd just ditch already—consider these the heels, boots, and flats that need to go. "All of these trends have been played out," he noted, "and it's time to bring in new ideas." We couldn't agree more, which is why we're jumping the gun with spring trends to ensure you're as prepped as possible going into next season.

Keep reading to find out the outdated styles Gelwick's recommends tossing; then shop the new spring shoe trends that will take their place.

DITCH: Sock boots

WEAR INSTEAD: Boots with a tall skinny heel


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"Instead of sock boots, go for a leather or suede boot with a tall, skinny heel. It has the same narrowing effect, but is so much sexier and chicer. Sergio Rossi has a great tall suede boot option I love. It can be easily paired with whatever you're trying to rock."

Shop skinny-heel boots:

DITCH: "Dad" sneakers as everyday shoes

WEAR INSTEAD: Chic loafers


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"I would love to say goodbye to massively chunky sneakers that are used as everyday shoes. If you want to do more casual flats, instead of choosing sneakers, opt for nice loafers. They're classic, sleek, and still keep you comfortable."

Shop loafers:

DITCH: Sock underneath heels

WEAR INSTEAD: Jewelry-like ankle bracelets


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"Ditch the socks under the heels, and play around with jewelry for the feet—anklets, toe rings, etc. Jennifer Fisher makes some of my favorite jewelry and their anklets are just as good. I love their chain link ones—they are dainty but still have a bit of edge to them."

Shop shoes with jewelry-like embellishment:

Shop ankle bracelets:

Next, the heel trends a podiatrist loves and loathes.

This post was originally published on an earlier date and has since been updated. 

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.