The Spring/Summer 2022 runways have been awash with fun shoe trends — just look at Celine’s super-high platform sneakers, or GANNI’s glossy stacked loafers. If you’re looking to update your shoe collection this summer, you have plenty of exciting styles to choose from. Whether you’re looking for bold, in-your-face platforms or comfy yet stylish sneakers or ballet pumps, you’re bound to find the perfect pair for you.
Super tall platforms
Although they may not always be the most practical choice, towering platforms are on trend and ready to elevate your favorite outfits to new heights. If you’re a fan of 70s retro, for example, look no further than Giuseppe Zanotti’s Eunomya sandals. Featuring off-white patent leather, a chunky 120mm heel, and square toe, these cute sandals can add an elegant yet striking touch to your outfits. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a fun twist on classic Mary Janes, Versace’s platform Medusa Aevitas pumps consist of towering 15.5cm block heels, a double-stacked platform, and gorgeous duchesse satin for an ultra-elegant look. This pair will go great with your favorite little black dress and glitzy accessories.
First revived by Demna Gvasalia (creative director at Balenciaga) in 2017, chunky sneakers have been in for multiple seasons now and they’re set to be everywhere this summer. The best thing about bulky, oversized sneakers is that they’re comfy and easy to wear. Pair them with a relaxed maxi dress or loose-fit jeans and simple tee. For example, the Rykä Journey sneaker is super cute and features impact protection and shock absorption for maximum comfort. Even better, Rykä founder Sheri Poea donates a some of the profits to Futures Without Violence, a non-profit dedicated to ending violence and sexual assault. Moreover, taking proper care of your sneakers is also essential for extending their longevity. So, when your favorite pair start looking a little worse for wear, rejuvenate them by throwing them in the washer. Use a gentle liquid detergent and a cold water setting to prevent colors running and warping.
Since many of our favorite trends from the early 2000s are now back in style, it’s not surprising ballet pumps have also resurfaced. Elegant and timeless, ballet pumps can be dressed up or down and are bound to go well with everything you already have in your wardrobe. Look for a pair with a pointed toe silhouette for a modern, flattering twist on a classic design. For example, the Jack Rogers Serena ballet flat offers a traditional ballerina design in stylish monochrome complete with a pretty signature bow. Or, if you’re looking to inject some color into your outfits, the Boden almond toe ballerinas offer a bright and cheerful floral print. The attractive pointed toe adds interest and elegance.
The latest shoe trends are statement-making while still being versatile and easy to wear. Super tall platforms, chunky sneakers, and ballet flats are just some of the best trends to add to your wardrobe this summer.