When I start to transition my wardrobe for spring, one of the first things I do is start switching out my shoes. Spring may not be here quite yet, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about the shoe trends for spring 2022!
Shoe Trends for Spring 2022
Shoe trends this season aren’t that different than last year’s, so I don’t think you’ll find these quite as controversial as the 2022 denim trends, although I did include some of the more “out there” styles. Even if they’re not necessarily something you might want to buy, I think it’s good to see where the trends are coming from.
#1. retro-inspired sneakers
Sneakers remain at the forefront of the fashion scene, and I’m warming up to this retro style that’s still going strong this spring. I especially like that Veja Rio Branco in the Natural/Bellini, and also the Gola Daytona Chute pictured above.
The super trendy way to wear these retro runners is with athletic crew socks, which takes me right back to high school. Ooof. If I wear this sneaker trend, I will definitely stick with my ankle socks. There are very few trends that I won’t try the second time around, but the chunky crew socks with athletic sneakers is one of them.
Kork Ease Tilly Clog ($120)
I mentioned last year that clogs were coming back, but they’ve been a little slow to take hold. This year, I’m seeing them everywhere… online at least.
In theory, I love a clog, but I do find the a little clunky and hard to wear. But that didn’t stop me from picking up a new pair! These are affordable and comfortable, and the tan suede is highly versatile.
#3. bright and bold colors
As I said in my post on Spring 2022 Fashion Trends, this season is all about bold and bright colors, and we’re seeing it a lot in footwear.
I picked up these square toe ballet flats in both the Lotus Green and Orchid, and I can’t wait to wear them this spring. We’re also seeing bold colors in sneakers, which is really fun too, and I love that pair of Birks shown above.
#4. crossover sandals
This is another trend that’s been around for awhile, and it’s bigger than ever this year. We’re still seeing a lot of the puffy styles too.
I’m on the fence with this one. For some reason, that crossover style always reminds me of an old man’s bedroom slippers, lol!
Platform soles are huge this year across all footwear categories — sandals, sneakers, pumps, even boots and booties.
I used to wear platform wedge sandals all the time and thought nothing of it, but I’m afraid I’ll feel a little silly in them now. I guess there’s only one way to know… try it and see!
#6. clean white sneakers
These are not new this season, but according to a few articles I read, they’re here to stay. As you know, I’m a fan, even though I find myself reaching for my P448s the most.
#7. architectural heels
Tony Bianco Lexus Heel ($190)
These are definitely out there, but I think it’s fun to see some of the more dramatic trends taking hold of the fashion scene this year. While I certainly can’t see myself wearing those, I do like the cylindrical heel on this Sam Edelman sandal and those Coach platform sandals (#6).
This isn’t an exhaustive list. We’re still seeing the puffy slides in both heels and flats, as well as lots of braided and woven details. Loafers and mules are still going strong, but I’m also starting to see ballet flats and wedges making a comeback. And booties are perfectly appropriate for transition season and even into the summer, if that works for your style. I love the ivory and light neutral shades for this time of year.
What do you think about the shoe trends for spring 2022?
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