7 Shoe Trends That Defined 2017

"They made memes about wanting to die and wore dad sneakers." —history books

Somewhere out there, there is a proactive young man adding "bury me in my Yeezys" to his funeral arrangements. Goodness only knows how many revisions he'll go through before he actually kicks the bucket wearing self-lacing Nike hoverboards, but for the present, we're fairly certain these are the footwear trends that will define our time. Ahead, see the year in 21 of the most-wanted kinds of shoes.

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Boots That Hit Their Growth Spurt

Like me in grade school but without the frightening overnight changes in hair and complexion, boots this year stretched out to the knee or higher, thanks largely in part to Balenciaga and Vetements, pictured here. Hard to get on, but easy to go out not wearing pants, as many celebrities showed.

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Boots That Hit Their Growth Spurt

Balenciaga, $1,295

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Boots That Hit Their Growth Spurt

Balmain

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Personality Heels

No longer are we bound by the rules of geometry as they apply to our shoe heels. In 2017 and as we move into 2018, it's all about the personality heel (as coined by Man Repeller), sculpted into couch heels and elephants and tilt-y modernist art.

Rosie Assoulin, $1,195

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Personality Heels

Marni

Shop similar: Marni, $980

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Personality Heels

Proenza Schouler

Shop similar: Proenza Schouler, $995

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Disco Feet

The sociopolitical climate may be dark, but the rhinestones on our shoes shine bright like the diamonds we definitely can't afford, along with any sort of property. Not that that is a problem for Kendall Jenner, who wore these $10K Saint Laurent boots, but for the rest of us, there's always the high street.

Shop similar: Topshop, $170

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Disco Feet

Marco de Vincenzo

Shop similar: ASOS, $64

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Disco Feet

Oscar de la Renta

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Mules

If you've stepped foot outside your front door at all this year (or looked suspiciously out the peephole when you heard footsteps), you will know that mules are It. (A bit less so now that you'd have to layer them with socks, because that's dangerously slippy.) But don't fear—when it's 2018 and warm again, these Tibis and their ilk will be back.

Shop similar: Tibi, $465

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Mules

Fenty x Puma

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Mules

Versace

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Cowboy Boots

I already explained this here.

Cinq à Sept

Shop similar: Marc Jacobs, $398

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Cowboy Boots

Calvin Klein

Shop similar: Calvin Klein, $1,295

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Cowboy Boots

Maison Margiela

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White Boots

I already explained this one too, but in short, the modish white boot provide a graphic shot against clothes both busy and minimalist. Wear 'em until they're more gray than anything. (These are Dries.)

Shop similar: Stuart Weitzman, $575

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White Boots

Loewe

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White Boots

Stella McCartney

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Dad Sneakers

"Dad, I'm confused." "Hi, Confused." The unofficial footwear of icy blonde Scandinavian bloggers and Internet-famous kids who post purposefully ugly photos, the generic-looking but highly expensive sneakers have come to prominence against all odds. It is what is is, and these are Louis Vuitton.

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Dad Sneakers

Balenciaga

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Dad Sneakers

Gucci

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