The Top Spring Shoe Trends to Shop Now

Sky-high platforms, gladiator sandals, witchy kitten heels and retro sneakers are the styles to stock up on this season.

by Christina Holevas and Amir La Sure
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The Spring 2022 collections may have been filled with plenty of inspiring looks (you can find W’s guide to the top fashion trends of the season here), but we kept our eyes closer to the ground to scope out the season’s most exciting shoe trends. The most popular styles are all over the map: designers are pulling inspiration from references as diverse as 1970s sportswear, the Wicked Witch of the West, and early aughts festival garb. Platforms, which have been a favorite for a few years now, are reaching new heights and taking on fun new shapes. Whether you’re in the market for an everyday shoe or a heel that’s a little more playful for nights out, there’s something for everyone.

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From left: Del Core, Gianvito Rossi, Marni

Sometimes we find ourselves wanting a shoe that can take an outfit, quite literally, to the next level. Taking a cue from collections shown by Del Core, Gianvito Rossi and Marni, this season’s best platforms are sculptural and have a ton of personality.

Witchy Shoes
From left: Prada, Raf Simons, Marni

No seasonal wardrobe is complete without a classic black shoe that can take you from day to night with ease. This spring, we’re seeing lots of elongated toe boxes paired with not-too-high heels that are sure to cast a spell.

From left: Loewe, Givenchy, Dior

A number of designers reimagined nostalgic sneaker silhouettes with off-the-wall colors, materials, and textures. Why not treat your feet to something comfy with the right amount of flair?

Grown Up Gladiator
From left: Alberta Ferretti, Dior, Valentino

Gladiators dominated in the early aughts, when you often saw them styled with cutoff denim for a bohemian festival vibe. No longer: these new iterations were styled on runways with sharp suiting and elegant flowing gowns, giving them a more sophisticated feel.

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