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The 5 Biggest Shoe Trends of Summer 2020

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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.

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Flatforms

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.

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Aida Flatform Espadrille Sandals
Clergerie saksfifthavenue.com
$575.00

This woven raffia pair from Robert Clergerie takes your typical summer sandal to new heights (literally).

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Black Lace Up Flatform Sandals with Wedge Sole
Nasty Gal nastygal.com
$28.00

These flatforms with cork soles are the perfect summer daytime shoe for the city slicker. 

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Embellished Raffia Flatform Sandals
Prada saksfifthavenue.com
$650.00

Your flatforms for evening. This crystal-embellished pair will spruce up any look. 

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Flatform Sandals
Tua by Braccialini yoox.com
$48.00

This studded and cork pair will add a textured element to your outfit. 

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Thong Sandal Heels

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.

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Elsie High-Heel Thong Sandals
AQUA bloomingdales.com
$92.90

Pair this baby blue square-toe sandal with a dress in a contrasting color for a fun look. 

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Manold Heeled Thong Sandals
Nine West ninewest.com
$31.60

Coming in at just under two inches, these will quickly become your sensible summer sandal.  

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Thong Strap Patent Croc-Effect Heel
Alix kirnazabete.com
$348.00

Green with envy. These croc-embossed heels will add a bit of brightness to any look.

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Suede Thong Sandals
Gianvito Rossi fwrd.com
$329.00

Cinderella meets nightclub. 

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Chain Shoes

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.

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Chain-Embellished Leather Slingback Sandals
Porte & Paire net-a-porter.com
$220.50

The nude leather and chain detailing will add a subtle touch of sex appeal to your look.

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Straps Chain Black
Alohas alohas.io
€140.00

Indulge in this strappy pair from Alohas.

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Chain Strap V-Cut Mules
Charles Keith charleskeith.com
$39.00

A shoe with chain detailing that's perfect for the boardroom. 

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Strappy Chain Detailed Sandals
Oscar de la Renta farfetch.com
$790.00

This strappy pair from Oscar de la Renta make the perfect complement for any black-tie look. 

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Wooden Slides

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.

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Dr. Scholl's Buckled Slide Sandals
Dr. Scholl's/Anthropologie anthropologie.com
$90.00

Rainbow bright! This multicolored pair is sure to be a standout. 

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Tatanes Wooden-Sole Floral-Print Leather Slides
Jacquemus matchesfashion.com
$196.00

Pair these breezy floral-print slides with a sundress for a flirty summer look.  

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Clog Sandals
Marni farfetch.com
$260.00

The thick brushstrokes of paint add an artsy feel to this wooden slide. 

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Viv Gloss Mules
Roger Vivier 24s.com
$591.00

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. 

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Flats with Buckle Detailing

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.

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Flat Leather Sandals
Vanessa Bruno 24s.com
$140.00

I've been eyeing these bad boys since they were shown for the spring season. They pair perfectly with a pair of denim cutoffs. 

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Porto Tan Buckle Sandals
Topshop topshop.com
$28.00

This pair from Topshop takes come in at a price that can't be beat. 

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Cei Buckled Sandals
ATP Atelier farfetch.com
$289.00

The chicest city sandal around town. 

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Ballisson Flat Buckle Leather Sandals
Joie saksfifthavenue.com
$188.00

This buttery leather pair from Joie will pair perfectly with your entire summer wardrobe. 

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