The 2020 Shoe Trends to Know for Next Season

Make room for the new kicks on the block.

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Post–New York Fashion Week, we're breaking down all the trends you need to know for spring 2020...now. We're talking clothing and accessories, especially footwear. Many attendees keep their eyes on the outfits—or the incredible makeup looks—but a shoe-obsessed shopper like me was paying attention to what the models wore on their feet as they strutted down the runway. In case you missed a show or two, I rounded up the top six footwear trends I spotted, ahead. Don't stock up on too many fall booties, you'll want to keep space in your closet for what will be the most coveted shoes of next season.

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Fancy Mary-Jane Pumps

Marc Jacobs (left) and Jason Wu

The most ubiquitous shoe trend for spring 2020 will be the 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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Mary Jane D'Orsay Pumps
MSGM shopbop.com
$445.00

This pair of Mary Janes has a sophisticated feel thanks to the houndstooth and black leather exterior. To add another luxury element to it, the item is made in Italy. 

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Naiya Mary Jane Pump
Naturalizer nordstrom.com
$69.30

The most classic pair of MJs from a brand that is known for making super comfortable footwear. Style with a knit dress and tights or with jeans.

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Sylvie Mary Jane Pump
Gucci nordstrom.com
$695.00

Take off the strap and you'd have a regular black pump. This single detail could be simple, but instead it features Gucci's signature colors.

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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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Slingback Ballet Flats
ASOS Design asos.com
£22.00

This slingback flat can be worn for both spring and fall, so you don't have to worry about seasonality. Adding to my checkout cart right now.

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Pina Kitten Heel Mules
Botkier shopbop.com
$138.00

A perfect white bow shoe for brides-to-be. The low heel will provide comfort all night long as you mingle and dance with your guests.

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Kiki Bow Mules
Polly Plume shopbop.com
$172.00

Inject color into your outfits from the feet up with these striped pink flats. Get a little matchy-matchy with pink accessories, too, like this handbag.

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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 that took over everyone's closet in spring 2019.

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Evenise Slide Sandal
Schutz nordstrom.com
$63.98

These minimalist sandals are almost all sold out, so grab them before they're officially gone. They take zero effort to style, but look amazingly chic with every outfit.

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Carolyne Sandal 95
Aquazzura shopbop.com
$725.00

Meghan Markle loves Aquazzura shoes, so fans, if you're finally ready to splurge, why not opt for these new "Carolyne" sandals? Rock them at your next special occasion.

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Baja Flat Sandals
Joie shopbop.com
$138.60

Asymmetrical straps aren't limited to just heels—they look great on flat sandals too. This one is easy to slip on and off since it doesn't have any annoying buckles or clasps.

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Decked Out Booties

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 that make an equally impactful fashion statement.

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Ralf Combat Boots
Freda Salvador shopbop.com
$525.00

The python print on this combat-style boot is echoed on the heel itself, which makes it unique from other options on the market. The white laces are a nice touch, too.

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Stivaletto Boots
Maison Margiela shopbop.com
$1,390.00

What says glam more than a white ankle bootie sprinkled with gold glitter. To give even more pizazz to this shoe, a worn metallic effect was added to the heel. 

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Island Booties
Kalda shopbop.com
$445.00

You'll have to be careful not to get this spiral heel caught in those pesky subway grates on your commute to work. It's worth the effort though: This tiny detail gives whole new life to plain brown boots.

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Platforms

Anna Sui (left) and Tibi

Chunky platform shoes will be the sole aesthetic for next season. Models at Tibi clunked around in various versions of the gray shoes seen here, while Anna Sui models strutted down the runway with ease in floral clogs. Here's hoping all the platform footwear won't feel as heavy as they look.

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Wilkes Platform Menswear Shoe
Coolway freepeople.com
$98.00

I can see the likes of Cara Delevingne and Miley Cyrus in these chunky shoes. Channel their coolness by slipping into a pair of these menswear-inspired shoes asap.

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Harper Tri-Color Suede Platform Sandal
Michael Kors
$45.00

Take your height and tack on an extra 4.75 inches with these party-ready suede platform heels. The train on your dress won't drag on the floor anymore.

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Clog Mule
Jacquemus fwrd.com
$704.00

If one of fashion's most beloved brands Jacquemus has released a clog, you know they're 100-percent back in style. Don't wait until everyone else is wearing them, get yours right now.

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