These Are the Biggest Shoe Trends of the Year According to Zappos

Last year was all about Scandinavian-style clogs and PVC sandals, but it's 2019 now, baby, and we're ready for a whole new shoe wardrobe. Or, OK, at least one or two trendy new pairs. The stylists at Zappos gave us their top six predictions to scoop up now and wear all the way through the rest of the year.

This Is 2019’s Answer to the Ballet Flat

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Western Inspired

We were surprised by the staying power of this trend, but Zappos assured us that cowboy boots and Western details aren’t going away any time soon. Not quite ready to jump feet-first into the rodeo? Look for boots that are subtler but take inspiration from the real deal. (Think loop pulls, longer squared-off toe boxes and elaborate embroidery.)

Get the look: Roper ($53); Old West ($68); Dingo ($100); Corral ($128); Durango ($120); Franco Sarto ($149); Ariat ($150); Lucchese ($495)

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Natural Influences

Cozy earth tones, organic materials, cork or wood heels and woven details are giving basic neutral shoes a major upgrade for 2019. Pairs perfectly with your favorite bell-bottoms or a flowy midi skirt.

Get the look: Report flats ($45); Sbicca flats ($65); Dolce Vita boots ($93); Vince Camuto heels ($119); Sofft boots ($130); Eric Michael heels ($130); Earth heels ($145); Pelle Moda espadrilles ($150); See by Chloé espadrilles ($250)

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Think of this as the easiest way to add instant edge to any outfit. Pair these puppies with jeans and a sweater, or even mix them with other low-key prints like florals or stripes.

Get the look: Report mules ($65); Vince Camuto loafers ($78); Chinese Laundry boots ($80); Yosi Samra sandals ($108); Vionic sandals ($140); Marc Fisher LTD heels ($160); Free People boots ($168); K.Jacques sandals ($206); Dolce Vita boots ($250)

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All Other Animal Prints, For That Matter

By now, we pretty much just consider leopard to be another neutral hue. But zebra, tiger and even cow prints have been popping up on our Insta feeds with greater and greater frequency. Now is the time to build a shoe collection worthy of Noah’s ark.

Get the look: Kenneth Cole Reaction boots ($60); UGG sneakers ($78); Mark Nason sneakers ($85); Steve Madden loafers ($90); Aerosoles mules ($100); Matisse sandals ($115); Dolce Vita slides ($130); Sam Edelman loafers ($135); Dolce Vita heels ($150)

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Bulky Sneaks

It’s the trend that just keeps on giving. Comfortable sneakers of almost any and every variety are still going strong. But chunky soles, multiple saturated hues and sock-like fits are especially of the moment.

Get the look: Circus by Sam Edelman ($63); Aldo ($66); Tommy Hilfiger ($69); Mark Nason ($78); Sam Edelman ($90); Calvin Klein ($91); ASH ($138); Sorel ($140); Adidas by Stella McCartney ($243); Marc Jacobs ($250)

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Stark White

Be sure to pick up a shoe cleaning kit so they can continue to look just as fresh as the day you bought them.

Get the look: Steven flats ($70); Sam Edelman boots ($89); Adidas sneakers ($90); Nine West heels ($99); Louise et Cie mules ($110); MICHAEL Michael Kors heels ($122); Calvin Klein boots ($152); Diane von Furstenberg flats ($205); Cecelia boots ($225)

Abby Hepworth


Abby Hepworth is an RRCA-certified running coach who has worked in fashion for over 10 years. Want to know what shoes are in this season? She's got you. Need recommendations on...
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