Marilyn Monroe once said: “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” We certainly felt that. Footwear can lift your mood, and nevertheless, it’s the one accessory that can truly elevate and update an outfit. So, in this article, we bring you the most relevant and wearable AW 21-22 shoe trends. To deliver you the most stylish shoe designs for the new season, our team of editors has checked thousands of runway photos and has summarized them in 10 trends.
New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2021 made it clear that clogs are on-trend again. At the event, Haitian-American designer, Victor Glemaud best known for his knitwear and work as a studio director at Paco Rabanne, introduced his first footwear. It was a suede clog complete with a slingback and fur trim. He wasn’t alone. Luxury brand Tory Burch also featured the “ugly shoe” in their collection. However, they displayed a Mary Jane style shoe in a snake printed leather. Like it or not, clogs will be one of the most popular AW 21-22 shoe trends. Wondering how to style them? They look fabulous when paired with a maxi skirt or a casual overall. Tailored suits and maxi dresses are options too.
2- Cozy slippers
The furry slippers have to be one of the most head-turning AW 21-22 shoe trends. Can you think of something more comfortable than that? Brands like JW Anderson, Proenza Schouler, Coach, Altuzarra, among others, presented the comfy shoes in their AW 21-22 collections. Celebrities such as Emma Roberts, The Crown star Emma Corrin and even designer Marc Jacobs were spotted rocking JW Anderson’s slippers. Wear them with a dress or with tailored pants to get a nonchalant chic style.
3- Chunky Oxfords
Simone Rocha featured super cool Oxfords in her Fall 21 collection and, without a doubt, turned them into a trend. Austrian Milan-based Arthur Arbesser and British most talked about brand Ashley Williams also created Oxfords for the Fall season. However, not just any Oxfords, but chunky, thick-soled ones. Want to be like them? Combine the major platform shoes with a feminine dress to create a relaxed-chic contrast. By the way, these shoes are an excellent alternative to sneakers.
4- Slouchy boots
Slouchy boots are among the most popular AW 21-22 footwear trends in collections like New York-based label Khaite, French Louis Vuitton, and Saint Laurent. While Khaite’s boots hang scrunched toward the foot, Louis Vuitton’s are more relaxed, and Saint Laurent’s patent leather ones are pure early 70s. As you know, a fresh pair of boots is always a good investment to update your wardrobe. Style them with micro hemlines, midi-skirts, and the classic way over the jeans.
5- The cowboy boots
The cowboy boots are the new ankle boots. French designer Isabel Marant’s AW21-22 collection encouraged us to wear them with bared legs. Isabel Marant was inspired by rock legends like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to create this rebellious look. On the other hand, luxury fashion brand Celine created the most French-girl style collection, with the classic cowboy boot being the centre of it. So wear them like a real Parisian high-class girl, with a flowy midi dress, shorts, perfect cut jeans, and tailored pants tucked in.
6- The puddle boot
In 2020 Bottega Veneta launched their unisex waterproof shoe – the puddle boot. Chunky, comfortable and super futuristic these boots are the Italian label’s most wanted item. We guarantee you that the trend will continue in AW 21-22. Bottega Veneta, Stella McCartney, Ambush, among others, suggest wearing rubber boots not only on rainy days but on an everyday basis. So, following the designers styling inspiration, wear them with dresses, sequined skirts, tailored suits, as chic as possible. And to make them one of the coolest AW21-22 shoe trends, be sure you get your boot made with sustainable rubber.
7- The laced boot
Nothing can better prepare you for a smooth transition to Fall and Winter than Molly Goddard’s strappy sandals combined with socks. Louis Vuitton took an even sharper turn and styled the lace-up detailing with knee-high gold socks. And Simone Rocha took a romantic punk approach combining lace with heavy chunky soles. This runway shoe trend will be a statement in the streets; they look totally new and fabulous. Wear them with mini skirts and midi dresses to make the boots the eye-catch of the look.
8- Lifted loafers
Thick-soled loafers are the shoes you didn’t know you need. They can add a few centimetres to your height and yet are utterly comfortable to walk in. The elevated version of the classic shoe was seen at Tod’s, Loewe’s, and Tory Burch’s shows, among others.
9- Satin and Velvet shoes
We fell head over heels for Versace’s fall ’21 collection. The Italian luxury house paid tribute to the founder, Gianni Versace and brought back the famous satin pumps with bejewelled straps. He initially introduced the platforms in 1994, and ever since, they’ve been an on-and-off trend. This season Versace clearly wants us to be a little extra, so they added a double-layered platform to the pumps, making them some of the highest heels. Additionally, Prabal Gurung and Vetement followed the trend but with velvet pumps decorated with strass and stones.
10- Metallic boots
Bring glamour to your everyday life with metallic boots. This pair of shoes take you on a journey to outer space, much like Jeff Bezos, who went on a private spaceflight just a month ago. Since not all of us are this fortunate, we can dress for one of those travels. First, silver high-heel boots appeared at Victoria Beckham‘s show bold styled with flowy transparent red dresses. Then, at Molly Goddard, we saw golden boots paired with tailored coats and the designer’s signature tulle skirt with ruffles. Finally, Rokh, London based fashion house, suggests retro style and very chic metallic slingback pumps. Party!
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