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We probably don’t need to remind you that a great pair of shoes can upgrade even the most basic of ensembles. Sure, you may have a few go-tos in rotation, but the new year brings with it a fresh offering of styles to consider. To focus on the trends worth trying (and also worth skipping), we went straight to the experts. Hallie Spradlin, the accessories director at trend-forecasting mecca Fashion Snoops filled us in on the footwear silhouettes that are in and out this year. Use this info as your shopping guide and take that 2019 shoe collection to new heights.
In: Chunky Soles"Following in the footsteps of the cult-favorite Balenciaga Triple S and Louis Vuitton Archlight sneakers, the chunky sole introduces an element of fun as well as practicality. Chunky sneakers strike the perfect retro-future balance that makes them a must-have item." Out: Minimal Sneakers. "While sleek sneakers still feel chic, chunkier styles favor a more contemporary update to comfort styles." (Photo via Jeremy Moeller/Getty)
In: Classic Loafers "Prepare to invest in a more traditional loafer that will remain a timeless staple in your wardrobe. Platform or lug soles are also a unique update." Out: Slippers "The backless slippers had a major moment, but it's time to revert back to a classic heritage silhouette." (Photo via Melodie Jeng/Getty)
Mango Patent Loafers ($50)
In: Hiker Boots "The hiker hybrid combines a sturdy lug sole with an edgier combat-like upper. It is a reliable and functional style that can effortlessly transition from cargo pants to a floral dress. Contrast laces or paracord details feel at home for this city-stomping silhouette." Out: Over-the-Knee Boots "This popular silhouette had its moment with mini dresses and skirts, but it's time to adopt a boot that can withstand a full day of stomping around." (Photo via Christian Vierig/Getty)
Coach Urban Hiker Boots ($74)
Frye Samantha Hiker Boots ($398)
In: Teva-Inspired Silhouettes "The Teva-inspired silhouette was one of the most coveted street-style trends this year, paired with looks ranging from crew socks to dresses. It's a versatile shape that feels like a fresh throwback, all wrapped up in a strappy comfort shoe, with options for luxe materials like silks and satins." Out: Slide Sandals"It's time to retire slide sandals akin to flip-flops and return to a more active-inspired look." (Photo via Christian Vierig/Getty)
Teva Flatform Sandals ($60)
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