The One Shoe Trend to Ditch in 2018

In the world of trends, things come and go. And recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about shoe trends since I’ve been trying to curate the pairs I have in my collection. One that I never hopped on board with is the flatform, which turns out is a good thing because it’s on its way out. I’ve been seeing the styles less and less, but it was confirmed for me when one Who What Wear editor recently reported that the trend was “slowly dying.”

But which are the ones to invest in instead? With my generally classic approach to style, I tend to approach new trends with caution. I consider them carefully and then ask myself if they really, truly work into my wardrobe or if they’re something I’ll end up regretting a few months down the road. But recently I can’t stop thinking about the square shoe trend. To be honest, I’ve never fallen so hard for a trend quite like this one, and I’m personally vouching that they’re worth investing in now. Ahead, I’m breaking down four of my favorite brands designing square-toe styles with an edit of the best styles.

By Far

By Far’s shoes have swept Instagram since the brand was started in 2016. We think its designs helped put square-toe shoes on the map.

I’m calling these the It shoes of summer 2018.

These might be the perfect shoes for the office.


Shoe brand Neous takes its inspiration from midcentury art and architecture, so you can expect clean lines and sculptural shapes. Its square-toe styles are particularly striking.

A modern take on the kitten heel.

Intentionally Blank

L.A. brand Intentionally Blank has shoes that are based on classic shapes with modern updates like architectural heels and PVC details.

Name a better pair of shoes to wear with a wrap dress.


If you’re looking to snap up some affordable pairs, Zara is all over the trend. Here are a few standout styles to add to your closet.

You’ll find gold sandals in every French girl’s closet.