It's hard to ignore the fact that 2016's footwear trends thus far have been defined by comfort, in the form of sneakers, mules, ballet flats, and block heels. Accordingly, there's a bold statement being made about a former staple shoe style. Stilettos, which were once a universal go-to choice when women wanted to feel more dressed up, as Elle puts it, are dying, and the magazine cites athleisure as the main culprit.
Elle interviewed a variety of fashion industry insiders to prove their point. Evidence? Sales of stilettos have dropped by 12% in the past two years, while sales of sneakers and block-heeled pumps have risen, according to NPD Group research company. NPD's fashion footwear and accessories industry analyst Beth Goldstein says, "We are in a very casual moment right now, driven by the popularity of athletic." She adds, "Women are running around all day—it's acceptable to wear footwear that actually looks comfortable." Even former–stiletto devotee Victoria Beckham seems to have ditched her heels in favor of sneakers.
Goldstein also points out that pants styles have shifted from skinny to wide-leg, which calls for "chunkier footwear." That being said, there's certainly still a time and a place for stilettos, and many celebrities don't seem eager to part with them anytime soon (hence the Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals that make daily appearences on celebs' feet).
Head over to Elle to read the magazine's article on the decline of the stiletto, and keep scrolling to shop the shoe styles women are actually wearing these days.
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