The 3 Shoes a Stylist Wants You to Retire Before Spring
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Keep reading to find out the outdated styles Gelwick's recommends tossing; then shop the new spring shoe trends that will take their place.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
"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."
DITCH: "Dad" sneakers as everyday shoes
WEAR INSTEAD: Chic loafers
"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."
DITCH: Sock underneath heels
WEAR INSTEAD: Jewelry-like ankle bracelets
"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."
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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