4 Spring Shoe Trends That Will Never Go Out of Style

Classic essentials that will stand the test of time.

Nikki Ogunnaike wearing spring shoes
(Image credit: Tyler Joe)

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Spring is creeping in (my allergies acting up are all the proof I need), which means it’s time to shed those heavy layers. But if you’re not ready to hop into open-toe shoes just yet—or you live in a big city and understand walking around in flimsy flip flops is kind of gross—don’t worry. This week, I’m sharing a few types of shoes that help me bridge the gap between now and proper warm-weather territory.

Nikki Ogunnaike at Fashion Week

Editor-in-chief Nikki Ogunnaike wearing loafers.

(Image credit: Tyler Joe)

Huarache and Fisherman Sandals

These are the best of both worlds! Like indoor/outdoor vibes, but for your feet. (Sorry, open-and close-toe vibes just doesn’t have the same ring to it, ya know?)

Loafers and Boat Shoes

If your inner prep is calling to be unleashed, start here. You can wear these with a baggier jean or barrel-leg pant now, then shorts once it really heats up.

Ballet Flats and Mary Janes

In case you missed it, capris are making a comeback. While I won’t be participating in the trend on this go-round, I found the cutest flats to wear with capris for anyone who is.

Low Profile Sneakers

This is the kind of shoe I turn to the most between seasons—especially if it’s raining outside. I hate the idea of cold, wet feet after a surprise rainstorm, and these are great protection.

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Nikki Ogunnaike

Nikki Ogunnaike is the Editor in Chief of Marie Claire US. She has previously held roles at Harper's Bazaar, GQ, ELLE, Glamour, InStyle, and Vanity Fair. You may also recognize Nikki from her time as the host of Snapchat’s Online, IRL and IGTV's The Run Through. Based in Brooklyn, New York, in her free time Nikki enjoys running half marathons, learning about wine, and watching reality TV without an ounce of shame. You can follow her at @nikkiogun.