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The 2020 Shoe Trends to Know Before You Start Shopping

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Street Style - Berlin Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2020 - January 14, 2020
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We're breaking down all the trends you need to know for 2020, so you know exactly what to spend your money on. We're talking clothing and accessories, especially footwear. Some might keep their eyes on the looks themselves—or the incredible beauty moments of the season—but the shoe-obsessive was paying attention to what the models wore on their feet as they strutted down the spring and fall 2020 runways. In case you missed anything at from these shows, we rounded up the top nine footwear trends we spotted, ahead, from rhinestone-covered footwear to the return of thigh-high boots in various prints and colors. Don't stock up on too many spring/summer sandals, you'll want to keep space in your closet for what will be the most coveted shoes of this entire year.

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Sparkle On

JW Anderson (left) and Giambattista Valli

Here's (quite literally)your chance to shine. Rhinestones and other embellishments popped up in small doses on the fall 2020 runways of JW Anderson, Giambattista Valli, Area, and Halpern. These diamanté touches make these the perfect evening shoe.

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Naylin Heels in Black
Dolce Vita dolcevita.com
$120.90

Rhinestone embellishments are an easy way to make a black sandal feel more appropriate for the evening. Style this with your favorite silky slip dress. 

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Crystal-Embellished Leather Slingback Pumps
Miu Miu saksfifthavenue.com
$795.00

This fancy slingback pump sparkles with white rhinestones across the foot strap. The stiletto heel measures at 3.25 inches and has a classic pointed toe shape.

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Elve J Booties
Jeffrey Campbell shopbop.com
$234.50

The fringe rhinestones will swing in all directions when you walk, instantly making your look (and day) more fun. 

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Chain Details

Longchamp (left) and Ulla Johnson

All across the runways, from the brands pictured above to JW Anderson and Simone Rocha, chains were the choice of embellishment for many designers. Whether wrapped around the ankle of a boot or across the toe, this metal detail added that something extra to your footwear without looking distasteful. Considering chunky chain necklaces/bracelets are a jewelry trend for 2020, don't be surprised that your shoes are decked out too.

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Black Chain Aurora Sandals
Marayam Nassir Zadeh ssense.com
$403.00

There's no need for an ankle bracelet—this shoe does the job. The dainty chains on this black sandal gives a serious shoe jewelry moment. 

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Chain Detail Leather Boot
Mango mango.com
$149.99

Black boots are your comfort zone and that's totally fine. If you wish to step it up just a bit, however, consider this half chain strap on the back. It's a conservative addition, but sets this black boot apart from the rest.

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Crystal-Embellished Leather Pumps
Paciotti net-a-porter.com
$730.00

On board with the gold chain? Take it one step further stylistically with this ruby red crystal-encrusted chain strap that drapes elegantly across your foot. 

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A Twist on Over-the-Knee Boots

Rag & Bone (left) and Tory Burch

Have no fear though, this over-the-knee style is poised to make a return to the front of your shoe rack in 2020. On the runways, they were fresher than ever with square toe iterations, floral designs, and drawstrings.

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Thigh High Low Block Heel Sock Boots
Charles Keith charleskeith.com
$56.00

A thigh-high boot at an unbeatable price.  

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Thigh-High Pointed-Toe Boots
Saint Laurent farfetch.com
$1,795.00

This crinkled leather boot pairs perfectly for work will a long dress. 

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Zuzanna Over-the-Knee Boot
Stuart Weitzman nordstrom.com
$358.00

A classic over-the-knee boot that comes in a timeless neutral color so you can wear it season after season. Style with everything from your spring dresses to your fall knit top and skirt sets.

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Loafers

Lanvin (left) and Fendi

Loafers are no longer restricted to "stuffy office wear." Be it your regular slip-on flat loafers or a slingback version, as seen on the spring 2020 Fendi runway, this style is here to stay. Rock your favorite outfits with this polished shoe and look for ones with unique details in the form of buckles or a backless style.

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Cosy BB Flat Carrera Leather Mules
Balenciaga bergdorfgoodman.com
$695.00

These slip on loafers would have given Hugh Hefner a run for his money.

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Whitney 90s Weejuns
Bass ghbass.com
$95.00

These lug-sole loafers are a favorite around the office. We all sport our pairs on the daily.  

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Studded Leather Loafers
Alexander McQueen intermixonline.com
$650.00

These studded bad boys will definitely make a statement. 

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Fancy Mary-Jane Pumps

Marc Jacobs (left) and Jason Wu

The most ubiquitous shoe trend for spring 2020 was a Mary Jane–inspired silhouette. Designers breathed new life into this style by incorporating prints or adding texture à la Marc Jacobs' shearling-covered heels. Whether you decide to go for a sophisticated or playful look, you won't have trouble finding a bevy of design options.

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Black patent leather mary janes
Carel carel.fr
€350.00

Carel is known for their iconic mary-jane and this patent version is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. 

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RWB Brogued Spectator Mary Jane pumps
Thom Browne farfetch.com
$750.00

Pair with a light wash tapered jean and these will be your new summer time go-to.

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Mary Jane Mules by Prada
Prada modaoperandi.com
$690.00

These pointed Prada slip-ons ruled the runways for spring 2019 and still continue to dominate. 

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Bow-Adorned Shoes

Tory Burch (left) and Cynthia Rowley

Bows are sticking around for next season, so there's no reason to give up on finding a feminine shoe to wear to weddings and on vacations. Burch paired yellow bow pumps with floral dresses featuring a matching giant bow neckline, while Rowley styled black kitten mules with oversize shirts and slouchy bottoms. Personally, I'm a fan of the latter, a boy-meets-girl-meets-comfort look.

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110mm Bow Pumps
Tory Burch shopbop.com
$328.00

Inject color into your outfits from the feet up with these satin yellow bow pumps. Get a little matchy-matchy with a sunshine colored handbag too.

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Brock Collection Bow Mules
Brock Collection shopbop.com
$507.00

No one does Victorian-inspired romance mixed with vintage aesthetics like Brock Collection. This jacquard kitten mule with a floral print is on my wishlist. 

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Bow Slingback
Prada modaoperandi.com
$940.00

This Prada slingback kitten heel sandal is an exclusive style to Moda Operandi and it's selling out fast. The printed bow can be interchanged with a plain black one for days when you want something less flashy.

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Asymmetric Straps

Prabal Gurung (left) and Sies Marjan

Designers had fun repositioning and reconfiguring the straps of shoes for spring 2020, like these asymmetrical straps that wrap diagonally across your feet. Some made the straps wider, like Prabal Gurung, while others stuck to the barely-there sandal look.

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Asymmetric Slim-Strap Sandals
Aquazzura farfetch.com
$595.00

If you're finally ready to splurge, why not opt for one of Megan Markle's favorite shoe brands? Rock this pair from Aquazurra at your next special occasion.

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Daria Sandals
Ulla Johnson shopbop.com
$195.00

These minimalist sandals have a cute ruffle accent along one of the straps for an attention-grabbing foot detail. A perfect addition for your next getaway.

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Nanine Sandal Black Leather
Rebecca Minkoff jildorshoes.com
$110.60

This strappy sandal from Rebecca Minkoff comes at a great price.

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Updated Heels

Anna Sui (left) and Self-Portrait

An easy way to add interest to a heel is by rethinking the shape or adding a pattern. Self-Portrait experimented with a snakeskin print, while Anna Sui turned her bootie's heel into what looked like a mini chair leg. Distinct looks like these make an equally impactful fashion statement.

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Sculptural Chrome Heel Textured Sandals
Charles Keith charleskeith.com
$46.00

This chrome gold heel transitions well from day to evening. 

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