The One Shoe Trend to Ditch in 2019


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In the world of trends, things come and go. 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.”

What 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.

Bottega Veneta

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Daniel Lee’s designs for Bottega Veneta have officially made square-toe shoes the coolest accessory of the moment.

Manu Atelier

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Say hello to Manu Atelier—the brand every fashion insider will be wearing this fall.

By Far

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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.


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With on-trend shoes under $300, Miista is always a designer to turn to for well-priced footwear.


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

Next: my capsule wardrobe for classic style.

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.