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The 11 Best Shoe Trends For 2023 to Start Wearing Now

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If you had more shoes on your wishlist than goals for 2023, you’ve come to the right place. Shoes will make or break your outfit, your night, and your whole life if you let them. The runways—and the streets—of spring 2023 fashion month were stomped on by all kinds of footwear. And according to Ryan Kleman, the Director of Buying, Non-Apparel at Moda Operandi, that’ll be the case throughout the year. From mega-high platforms to tiny kitten heels, clunky boots to sculptural shoes, and heavy embellishments to minimalist thongs, the new year will be all about variety. Pick your favorites to try out (with your best spring 2023 fashion trends and 2023 bag trends, of course) from the styles below.



Edward Berthelot

Whether you’re 5’2” like our mother monster Lady Gaga or 5’10”, making you taller than most men if you wear even short heels, platforms will make anyone feel on top of the world. Look down on your enemies in these wicked shoes (and take them for a practice run before you go out and twist your ankle). Thank Gucci, Schiaparelli, and Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood for taking this trend to new heights.

Belle Sandals

D’Accori Belle Sandals
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Islington Boots

Roker Islington Boots
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Rock Platforms

Casadei Rock Platforms

Now 25% Off

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Knee High Boots

knee high boots

Daniel Zuchnik

Are you wearing the…trending knee-high boots of the upcoming season? Yeah, I am. Heel or no heel, knee-high boots are the ideal height for styling with mini skirts, slit-leg midi dresses, or, dare I say, skinny jeans. As long as the pants are leather, we’ll allow it.

Oli Denim Boots

Chloé Oli Denim Boots
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Maniac Boots

Anny Nord Maniac Boots
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Fory Knee Boot

Kalda Fory Knee Boot
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Tiny Kitten Heels

kitten heels

Edward Berthelot

For just a little bump-up but not too much, try the kitten heel. “The biggest trend in shoes is something we are dubbing the ‘fashion footwear comedown,’” said Kleman. “For so long, the best shoes in the market were north of 100mm. Now, we are seeing a fashionable return to heel heights somewhere in the middle. The key to mastering this trend is not sacrificing the fashion or the sexy.”

Rai Leather Sandals

The Row Rai Leather Sandals
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Kitten Boot

Mansur Gavriel Kitten Boot

Now 45% Off

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Florence IV Mules

Senso Florence IV Mules
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Heavy Boots

heavy boots

Melodie Jeng

If you need a shoe that will keep you grounded, these are for you. Your feet might feel literally anchored to the floor, but at least you’ll look really cool in the heavy shoe trend for 2023. And your feet will get used to the extra weight…think of it like a workout with ankle bands. It’s a win-win.

Air Rev Xtra Hybrid Boots

Swear London Air Rev Xtra Hybrid Boots
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Sassy White Patent Boots

Naked Wolfe Sassy White Patent Boots
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From Another World Platform Boots

Poster Grl From Another World Platform Boots

Now 30% Off

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Toe Ring Sandals

toe ring sandals

Edward Berthelot

Perhaps as a nod to the nineties and noughties, toe rings are back for spring 2023. Only this time, they’re on your shoes. Tory Burch, Lanvin, and Stella McCartney are all in on the trend.

Toe Ring Mule

Gia Borghini x RHW Toe Ring Mule
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Taralita Slingback Sandals

Christian Louboutin Taralita Slingback Sandals
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Mid Height Sandals

Zara Mid Height Sandals
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embellished shoes

Edward Berthelot

Chains, studs, rhinestones, pearls, and more adorned the shoes on the spring runways, from Junya Watanabe and Alaia to Ottolinger and Paco Rabanne. As for what you’ll see on Moda? “Boots that are anything but boring,” Kleman says. “Everyone seems to have their everyday boots and are opting to refresh their shoe closet with thigh-highs, heavy embellishments, or denim variations.”

Virginia Crystal Mesh Knee Boots

Benedetta Bruzziches Virginia Crystal Mesh Knee Boots
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Dallas Crystal-Embellished Leather Ankle Boots

Khaite Dallas Crystal-Embellished Leather Ankle Boots
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Armor Boot

Jeffrey Campbell Armor Boot
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Super Strappy

strappy sandals

Edward Berthelot

Strappy sandal heels will always be a spring and summer classic, so get your pedicures scheduled in advance. Missoni, Ulla Johnson, and A.W.A.K.E. Mode had the standouts this season, but until they reach the stores, check out these styles.

Crystal Embellished Lace Up Sandals

Paris Texas Crystal Embellished Lace Up Sandals
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Flamin Sandal

Steve Madden Flamin Sandal
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Mischief Strappy Sandals

Mistress Rocks Mischief Strappy Sandals

Now 73% Off

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Clear Heels

clear heels

Edward Berthelot

Take clues from Bottega Veneta, Valentino, and Dries van Noten’s runway shows: clear is the new black. The references for this trend aren’t totally clear (pun intended), but whether inspired by glassware, ’90s jelly accessories, or club dancer culture, its popularity on the runways is nothing but transparent.

Mirror Mule Heels

Aquazzura Mirror Mule Heels

Now 48% Off

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Gloria Heel

Larroude Gloria Heel
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Dalida Transparent Platform Slide Sandals

Amina Muaddi Dalida Transparent Platform Slide Sandals
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Sculptural Heels

sculptural heels

Christian Vierig

Artistic and edgy, these shoes are sure to start a conversation, so make sure you’re elegantly crossing your legs when you can so they’re on display to the world. They might not have been sculpted by Michelangelo himself, but we can settle for Rick Owens.

Kryptonite Heels

Jennifer Le Kryptonite Heels
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Lilies Boots

Rick Owens Lilies Boots

Now 47% Off

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Zania Sculptural D'Orsay Wedges

Charles & Keith Zania Sculptural D’Orsay Wedges

Now 10% Off

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Thong Sandals

thong sandals

Edward Berthelot

If you love flip flops but don’t want to look like a total surfer bro, try them with a heel, as seen in Coperni and Burberry’s spring collections. Perfectly minimal and sexy, the style gives your foot an elongated, slender shape without the hassle of straps or buckles.

Thong Sandals

Gianvito Rossi Thong Sandals
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Padded Thong Sandals

Ganni Padded Thong Sandals
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Kitten Heel Flip Flops

Totême Kitten Heel Flip Flops
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Updated Loafers


Edward Berthelot

Pragmatists can get behind this trend. From the office to brunch to shopping around town, these definitely aren’t your father’s loafers, nor are they ugly commuter shoes. These loafers are made to be seen.

Leather Loafers

Tod’s Leather Loafers
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Thelma Loafers

Camper Thelma Loafers

Now 30% Off

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Rio Loafers

Eytys Rio Loafers
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