7 Shoes You Should Consider Ditching to Upgrade Your Style


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Now that you're familiar with a few general things to give up to be more stylish, it's time to get a little more specific and talk about the item that can make or break a look—shoes. We all have those shoes we hold onto for a bit too long, whether it's for sentimental reasons or simply because we loved them once (probably a little too much, based on their worn-out appearance).

Shoes can go in and out of the trend zone in the blink of an eye, and wearing an "out" pair can instantly make your entire look feel dated. Accordingly, we came to the conclusion that there are nine styles in particular that no longer have a place in your wardrobe in 2017—and that we don't think will be back in anytime soon. On the bright side, we have nine alternate styles that either lean more classic or are current trends that have proven their staying power. Ready to improve your style via your shoe collection?

Find out which shoes to toss and which to keep (or add to your wardrobe) below.

DITCH: Wedge-Heel Boots

KEEP: Block-Heel Boots

Block heels are equally walkable as wedge heels but look much more polished and forward than wedges ever did.

DITCH: Platform Pumps

KEEP: Pointed Single-Sole Pumps

While pumps will always be classic go-tos when seeking polished shoes, the thick platform pumps that everyone used to teeter around in are gone for good. Don't look back.

DITCH: Gladiator Sandals

KEEP: Naked Sandals

Gladiator sandals had their moment in the sun, but the complicated, typically unflattering style has since been replaced by something refreshingly simpler: the celebrity-approved naked sandals.

DITCH: Cheap Flip-Flops

KEEP: Slide Sandals

While we recently reported that flip-flops may be on their way back, those old rubber iterations you were fond of in college probably shouldn't even be worn to the beach or Spin class. On the other hand, you can't go wrong with a pair of slides, whether sporty or fancy.

DITCH: Peep-Toe Shoes

KEEP: V-Neck Shoes

While peep toes of any heel height are currently passé, V-neck options keep gaining in popularity, thanks to their flattering capabilities and modern look. 

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DITCH: Wedge Sneakers

KEEP: Simple, Clean Sneakers

Like with their dated wedge-heel boots, fashion girls are swapping their wedge sneakers of seasons past for kicks that are much more classic and minimal.

DITCH: Flatforms

KEEP: Mules

While "ugly" sandals are still a thing, some experts agree that it's time to say goodbye to the flatform trend. On the flip side, mules are still going strong and have become a classic in every fashion girl's shoe collection. 

Next up, our best edit of winter outfit ideas.

This post originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S.

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.