spring summer 2023 shoe trends
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The Accessory Special: The Only Spring/Summer 2023 Shoe Trends Worth Shopping 

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For a spring wardrobe reset, consider starting from the ground up. Footwear is one of the easiest ways to transition your style from winter to spring, with warmer temperatures providing opportunities to bare ankles and toes, even. This season’s spring 2023 shoe trends offer an exciting assortment of both practical and minimalist to fashion-forward options, everything from Mary Jane pumps, embellished ballerina flats, sporty sneakers and a really great sandal assortment. Let our full spring/summer 2023 shoe trend report guide you through all of the seasonal ins and outs, from the need-to-know runway moments to the best investments for every day. The search for your next warm-weather shoe begins and ends here.  

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Well Woven

The fisherman sandal gained traction the past few summers, and the caged-effect sandal isn’t going anywhere yet. Opt between flat sandals and mules this season. 

Bottega Veneta Alfie intrecciato leather mules

Gabriela Hearst Horatio leather sandals

Marni caged leather sandals

The Row leather slingback sandals

Emme Parsons Ernest leather sandals

Dries Van Noten fisherman sandals

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Bold Ballerinas

The humble packable commuter shoe is now a certifiable fashion must-have. These pairs will inject a fun pop of color into your spring wardrobe thanks to styles from Tod’s, Mansur Gavriel, and Miu Miu. 

Balenciaga Leopold ballerinas

Chloe Oracia leather ballerina flats

Tod's Bubble ballerinas

Porte & Paire bow-embellished metallic leather ballet flats

ATP Atelier Brindsli ballerina flats

Mansur Gavriel square toe ballerina flats

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The Wedge Returns

Those seeking both height and comfort this season will love to hear that a wedge heel has made a comeback. Cult labels with strong accessories have embraced the trend from Khaite, Staud, to Alaia. 

St. Agni leather wedge sandals

Khaite Seneca wedge sandals

Bottega Veneta leather mules

Castañer Carina 80 suede wedge espadrilles

Tory Burch asymmetrical heeled mule sandals

Staud Alex wedge sandals

Micro Heels 

The ideal shoe for the days you want to feel a little bit more pulled together. A tiny kitten heel is added to thong sandals to slingbacks. 

The Row Graphic leather sandals

Totême leather flip flops

Khaite Seville d'Orsay patent-leather pumps

Tory Burch Capri low heel sandals

Prada sport-sole mesh slingback pumps

Bottega Veneta stretch mules

Dare We Say, Denim?

This spring 2023 shoe trend takes the Canadian tuxedo to a whole new level. In place of leather and suede, denim is an alternative option this season, from sandals and pumps to slides and loafers. 

Saint Lauren Tribute woven denim mules

Ganni jewel crystal and denim loafers

Isabel Marant Lennyo buckle sandals

Chloé Piia denim and canvas espadrille wedge sandals

Alaïa denim Sculpture wood-heel mules

Jacquemus Le Raphia Les Chaussures Duelo heels

Sophisticated Sport 

Retro-inspired sneakers with a contemporary touch. Smooth leather and suede sit atop a pebbled rubber sole, adding texture and grip. Pair these trainers with everything from tailored trousers to spring dresses, you can’t go wrong with any of them.  

Comme des Garçons x Spalwart Tempo Marathon hybrid sneakers

The Row Owen leather and mesh sneakers

Prada Gabardine logo sneakers

New Balance 574 Core sneakers

Brunello Cucinelli suede and scuba-jersey trainers

Loewe Flow Runner suede sneakers

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Dazzle All Day

Embellished footwear should no longer be reserved for evening wear. Case in point: crystal studded ballerinas and slides that look just as chic with jeans and a T-shirt. Who said sparkles should be reserved for special occasions? 

Khaite Marcy crystal-embellished mesh flats

Roger Vivier Viv crystal-buckle slide sandals

Jil Sander jewelled leather ballet flats

Prada crystal-embellished satin sandals

JW Anderson crystal-embellished leather slides

Ancient Greek Sandals Fantasia crystal-embellished leather sandals

On Point Pumps

This season’s assortment of pumps will make you rethink the category altogether. The classic workwear shoe gets a fashionable update from Bottega Veneta to Ferragamo.

The Row leather kitten-heel pumps

Bottega Veneta Rocket reflective leather pumps

Loewe square-toe leather pumps

Saint Laurent Severine pumps

Salvatore Ferragamo pumps

Totême Cutout heels

High Saturation Slides

One way to get into the summer shoe spirit is with a pair of carefully chosen colorful slide sandals. Logo favorites from Gucci, Fendi, Valentino, and more are offering brightly colored versions of their classic silhouettes in delightfully summer-rich colors such as lemon, orange, and hot pink. 

Gucci interlocking G cut-out slide sandals

Valentino Garavani VLogo leather slides

Fendi Fendi Feel slides

Hermès Oran sandals

Chloé Woody canvas slides

Prada logo slides

The Cowboy Mule

A little bit western, a little bit futuristic, the black mule gets a modern spin-off for spring. Expect new details like elongated pointed toes and sculptural heels. The silhouette is the perfect antidote to the baggy denim trend.

Bottega Veneta Tex leather mules

Aeyde Astrid suede mules

Prada leather chunky heel mules

Fendi cut baguette mules

By Far Nef mules

Loewe Anagram heel leather mules

Photo Courtesy of Proenza Schouler

Puff Pieces

This spring and summer, step out on soft landings. Extremely-padded soles give this season’s footwear a bounce and a  boost, seen on the runways at Proenza Schouler, Stella McCartney, and JW Anderson

Proenza Schouler Arc mule sandals

Vince Ceil padded leather mules

Bottega Veneta cushion slides

Loewe Anagram padded leather flat sandals

Stella McCartney Air Slide eco-rubber sandals

Wandler June mule sandals

Babouche-Inspired Loafers

The complete opposite of the logo-fied loafer, these understated slip-on flats ooze quiet luxury. Minimalist in nature, these loafers are the perfect closed-toe option to bring straight into summer. 

Toteme Travel loafers

The Row Canal leather slip-on loafers

Everlane Italian leather Day loafers

Loewe leather slippers

Vince Demi leather loafers

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All About Mary Jane

Mary Janes have made the transition from girly to cool girl. Designers like Bottega Veneta, Prada, and Khaite, for example, elevate one of the most classic footwear silhouettes in the most convincing way.

The Row Mary Jane leather sandals

Bottega Veneta croc-embossed leather platform pumps

Prada Modellerie logo leather pumps

Aeyde Aline pumps

Max Mara Polina leather Mary Jane pumps

Khaite Fawn patent leather pumps

Loafers Get Logo-fied

Instead of symbols that represent the brand’s house, like a horsebit or identifiable link buckle, luxury designers are now offering loafers with more, might we say, direct messaging.

Fendi Lock moccasin loafers

Gucci loafers

Valentino Garavani V-logo chain leather loafers

Celine Luco Triomphe loafers

Tod's T timeless loafers

Miu Miu penny loafers