Since the early 2000s, there has been an enormous shift in the fashion world when it comes to shoe trends. This year, shoe statements are becoming bolder than ever, thanks to brands taking a leap of faith in creating crazy prints and patterns, and even bringing back some older trends. Beware, as some of these trends are not for the faint of heart or the non-rebellious.
One of the most notorious trainer types is high-top. This shoe trend has yet to go out of style, and continuously remains a shoe that both men and women can enjoy. They are not only for the rebellious skater type, as they’re perfect for those who want to add a bit of safe flair to their modest style. Dress them up and pick a neutral colour, or express yourself through high-tops covered in a crazy pattern. This is one shoe that has an enormous range of design styles to choose from.
The hottest trends of the 90s are back in shoe form. Platform sneakers are screaming ‘girl power!’ once again, almost 20 years later. From your average height platform trainer to the extreme, there’s a version out there for everyone. There are a variety of trendy and modern textures and colours available for the daring and those who are playing it safe.
The famous metallic texture has had its place in fashion of almost every recent decade. From lipsticks in the 70s and 80s to metallic and holographic shirts in the 90s, metallic is now a popular shoe design in 2016. Mostly on low-top trainers, there are a variety of metallic shades beaming the sunlight back to the universe. They provide just enough subtle texture and pizazz without being overwhelming.
Army prints and related colours like dark green and surplus green are hotter than hot, and have increased immensely in popularity since 2014. In the early popularity days of surplus colours, they were mostly found in pants, shorts or minimal accessories. Fast forward to 2016 and the surplus shades are primarily found in shoes, shirts and even some dresses. While the trend in where it’s placed has changed, the colour doesn’t seem to be slipping to where the unfashionable go anytime soon.
The new trend in fashion is to stand out more, be bolder and wear loud colours. A hot trend in shoes is not only prints, but eye-grabbing shoe colour choices. From volt green to hot pink and a rebellious teal, shoes are the new way to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe. Thanks to a few audacious pop icons, mismatching pairs of brightly coloured shoes has inserted itself into yet another decade of fashion.
Never Stop Being You
No matter what fashion trends happen, it’s important to always choose that style because you love it and it helps you express your voice and your vision. Trends are nothing without the confidence behind them to match. Shoes serve as a staple piece in every outfit, whether they’re a focal point or they add a bit of subtlety, and remember, you create the trends! Without style lovers, trends wouldn’t exist, so wear what you want how you want.