Footwear aficionados eagerly anticipating SS23's slew of killer shoe trends – today is your lucky day. We're pressing pause on last year's It-shoe – Lyst awarded that honour to Birkenstock's supermodel-adored Boston clogs, with searches for the style having risen by 593% in the first six months of 2022 – in favour of an entirely new, painfully chic, onslaught.
Nothing wards off the January blues like a calculated splurge, and this season we're banking on a sultry injection. Think fishnet-esque thigh-high boots at Saint Laurent and Bally, but we’re also 100% eyeing up lofty, transparent Valentino platforms and crystal-studded Chanel pumps.
Hello! Fashion shares the shoe trends that will put a spring in your step in 2023:
Toe ring temptation
A.W.A.K.E Mode SS23
A fond hark back to the novel jewellery trend of the noughties, toe rings are making a comeback for SS23, incorporated into shoe styles by the likes of A.W.A.K.E. Mode, Stella McCartney and Lanvin.
Raise the barre
Balletcore babes – this one's for you. Super fans of Miu Miu's flats will be pleased to hear that ballet pumps are still utterly en pointe. Invest in Chanel's sparkly versions for a hit of pizzazz or Tory Burch's slingbacks for a super flattering tapered line.
Wedge of heaven
Fendi, Bottega Veneta and Proenza Schouler are all in agreement – thick, heavy-duty wedges are on the SS23 agenda. We're 100% into it (and not just for the sake of ankle support).
Full on flatforms
Whisking yourself off for a quick getaway? The footwear essential you need on your packing list is a hefty flatform according to Jonathan Simkhai, Ulla Johnson and Hermès which favoured a cool, no-middle structure.
Clear as day
Park the naked dress for a moment, we’re all about its playful cousin, the naked shoe. Clear shoes have been doing the rounds for a little while now (Amina Muaddi, we bow down), and this season we are super into Valentino’s see-through skyscrapers as well as Born In Exile’s tinted slingbacks.
Back of the net
Lattices, meshes and nets are all the rage at Chanel and Stella McCartney where patent toe cap styles and fishnet-esque heels were on full display respectively. For maximum impact, check out mesh thigh-high boots by Bally and Saint Laurent. Catch of the day, no?
AZ Factory SS23
Apparently party season is continuing well into the new season with dazzling, crystal-studded designs taking centre stage on the SS23 runways. Courrèges, AZ Factory and Chanel all know what’s up. We very much approve.
Mary Jane moment
Christian Dior SS23
Forget everything you thought you knew about Mary Janes – this season the once-prudish style has been reworked with a sultry twist. Chunky sole platforms with chrome button adornments brought drama at Versace, whereas Christian Dior came through with costume-inspired glossy multi-strap styles. Hail Mary, indeed.
All wrapped up
Ultra-fine, super strap detailing was the underlying footwear theme at the likes of Givenchy, Prabal Gurung and Ferragamo. Take it all the way up the leg in place of a thigh-high boot or keep it quietly understated with Ferragamo’s stunning slingback.
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