After each season of runway shows, the Marie Claire fashion team returns from Milan and Paris and holds a trend meeting to break down the season's latest and greatest. Let me be specific here: This meeting takes weeks of prep, spans the afternoon, and pours into the next couple of days. We turn from fashion editors into mad scientists, deciphering what the season has to offer and translating it to suit the tone of the magazine. For spring/summer 2020, there were lots of highlights, for shoes in particular: We saw strappy sandals interlaced with delicate chains at Oscar de la Renta; we saw woven flat lace-ups at Prada that Cali girls dream of; and we saw the most psychedelic of boots at Paco Rabanne that would even make Edie Sedgwick jealous. From thong sandals and flatforms to shoes with a touch of jewelry, theres a shoe trend this summer that is right for you.
No longer relegated to the ‘90s, flatforms got a chic upgrade for spring/summer 2020. Pair with a tailored short suit for mile long legs, or a sundress to give it a cooler edge. No matter how you style them, these flatforms won’t let you down.
This woven raffia pair from Robert Clergerie takes your typical summer sandal to new heights (literally).
These flatforms with cork soles are the perfect summer daytime shoe for the city slicker.
Your flatforms for evening. This crystal-embellished pair will spruce up any look.
This studded and cork pair will add a textured element to your outfit.
While we credit most of this trend to Naomi Campbell and Carrie Bradshaw, a heeled thong sandal is a surefire way to make your legs looks slimmer. Why? The shoe gives the illusion of a long, lean leg. Don’t believe us? Try some of the below out for yourself.
Pair this baby blue square-toe sandal with a dress in a contrasting color for a fun look.
Coming in at just under two inches, these will quickly become your sensible summer sandal.
Green with envy. These croc-embossed heels will add a bit of brightness to any look.
The latest place to sport jewelry? Your shoes. This season, we saw designers add jewels, chains of varying widths, and diamanté ornaments to the footwear they sent down the runway. This is a trend that will be sure to elevate any outfit in a pinch.
The nude leather and chain detailing will add a subtle touch of sex appeal to your look.
Indulge in this strappy pair from Alohas.
A shoe with chain detailing that's perfect for the boardroom.
This strappy pair from Oscar de la Renta make the perfect complement for any black-tie look.
Paging the doctor now! The shoe brand Dr Scholls, well-known for its comfort level, inspired one of the most popular runway shoes this season. We saw this wooden style in a mix of different iterations, colorways, and patterns. Take your pick below.
Rainbow bright! This multicolored pair is sure to be a standout.
Pair these breezy floral-print slides with a sundress for a flirty summer look.
The thick brushstrokes of paint add an artsy feel to this wooden slide.
Iconic shoe brand Roger Vivier gives their take on the wooden slide by making it leopard and topping it off with their signature buckle in crystal.
An XL buckle is some of the chicest detailing to add to shoes. Perfect for the boardroom or the weekend, this flat is a piece that transitions easily.
I've been eyeing these bad boys since they were shown for the spring season. They pair perfectly with a pair of denim cutoffs.
This pair from Topshop takes come in at a price that can't be beat.
The chicest city sandal around town.
This buttery leather pair from Joie will pair perfectly with your entire summer wardrobe.
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