We're breaking down all the trends you need to know for 2020. We're talking clothing and accessories, especially footwear. Some might 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 spring and fall 2020 runways. In case you missed anything, I rounded up the top eight footwear trends I spotted, ahead. Don't stock up on too many winter booties, you'll want to keep space in your closet for what will be the most coveted shoes of next season.
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.
This black heel gets a dainty finish by a thin gold chain around the straps before hanging casually down the side of your foot. There's no need for an ankle bracelet—this shoe does the job.
Black boots are your comfortable 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.
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.
Rag & Bone (left) and Tory Burch
I still remember when every girl on the street, including myself, owned a pair of over-the-knee boots. (Suede, of course.) As quickly as I bought them though, the over-the-knee styles seemed to disappear in favor of trendier ankle-grazing Chelseas and edgy combat boots. 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 toes, floral designs, and even drawstrings. I'm in love with the Tory Burch options.
You like your boots to pack a punch in style, so here's an option that will make you feel powerful and cool. Plus, no one will want to mess with you when you have these on. They can definitely knock someone out.
These over-the-knee boots have the coziness of your favorite leggings with the fit of stockings. Despite their casual knitted appearance, if you check out the kitten heel they're embellished with glistening crystals. Fancy.
These shearling-lined boots will keep your legs warm when the temps drop. Wear them underneath a dress, a skirt, or over a pair of leather trousers with a sweater.
Lanvin (left) and Fendi
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. This spring, rock your favorite outfits with this polished shoe and look for ones with unique details in the form of buckles or a backless style. Loafers are no longer restricted to "stuffy office wear."
For a loafer that's truly out-of-the-box cool, slip into this pair of blue-and-green stretch knit pumps. Give your patent leather options a much-needed break.
You already have a few neutral-colored loafers in your closet, so go with a printed pair that shows off your color-loving-bold side. Pack in your tote bag for quick shoe switches. This one works for the office or for dinner with the in-laws.
Keep these babies underneath your desk whenever you need a heel to switch into. They're dressy, elegant, and trendy. You can wear them with jeans on Monday and a dress with tights on Tuesday. Heck, we'll rock these all week long.
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.
If you loved the shoes you used to dress up your dolls in (they may have looked similar to these), here's the real-life version for adults. They have that Mary Jane look with a nice chunky sole to give you that extra boost in height.
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.
Speaking of Mary Janes with character, this leopard print calf hair flat will stop anyone from calling you "boring." They'll add a little spice to your outfit in an effortless way.
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.
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.
This minty-green color fulfills both the pastel color and bow trend buckets for 2020. My first thought is that they'd be great for Easter, but they will work just as well for your everyday outfits.
Inject color into your outfits from the feet up with these polka dot pink mules. Get a little matchy-matchy with a pink handbag too.
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.
Meghan Markle loves Aquazzura shoes, so if you're finally ready to splurge, why not opt for these ruffle suede sandals? Rock them at your next special occasion.
This embellished sandal adds a sense of flair and unpredictability to your outfits. Wear them with a white puffy-sleeve mini dress for goddess-like vibes or dress them down with denim shorts come spring/summer.
These minimalist sandals have a cute ruffle accent along one of the straps for an attention-grabbing foot detail. Don't forget to pack these for your winter 2020 getaway.
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.
This glittering gold sock boot is fancier than all my heels combined. The kitten heel is taken to the next level with crystal embellishments, signaling this shoe as one you should definitely rock on your nights out.
These ankle boots won't be just another black pair in your closet thanks to the wood-like sculptural heels. They already have your attention, so just buy them!
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.
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.
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.