The Androgynous Shoe Trend We’re Seeing Everywhere Right Now

Restrictive shoes, be gone!

Last Updated on September 16, 2021

Your footwear is about to get a whole load more comfortable, because square toe shoes are the shape of the summer.

During the UK lockdown, we became accustomed to being comfortable in our clothes. Fashion became a little more practical, with shoppers investing in loungewear and turning it into a fashion statement.

Don’t get us wrong. Our wardrobes are rammed with colours and patterns, but this year comfort is key – and it’s no different when it comes to our shoes.

Instead of uncomfortable stilettos and tight shoes, ‘ugly’ shoes such as Chanel’s dad sandals, Prada’s chunky loafers and clogs are trending, while square toe shoes are right behind them.

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Don’t be fooled into thinking this trend is all about practicality though. While it’s comfortable, it’s androgynous, stylish and makes a statement too.

Mules with a heel are the most popular choice when it comes to this look, but boots, loafers and sandals with square toes are everywhere too.

During spring and summer, square-toed shoes dominated the streets and Instagram feeds — that’s thanks in part to Bottega Veneta, whose brightly coloured mules and mesh sandals were worn non-stop by celebrities, influencers and fashionistas.

We’re seeing it stay for autumn and winter too. We’re already seeing a lot of people wearing Chloe’s vibrant rain boots and Prada’s knee-high patent boots.

We also recently spotted Beyonce wearing a bright pair of heels while vacationing in Italy. Meanwhile, Kendall Jenner wore black platforms for a magazine shoot.

It’s safe to say that square-toed shoes are here to stay.

So how do you wear the trend? Fortunately, it’s easy to pull off. We’ve round some style inspiration from some of our favourite influencers and selected some square toe shoes you can buy now.

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How to wear square toe shoes

Opt for square toe boots for extra comfort, like Alanna Doherty (above).

Square toe heels don’t need to be extra high, as proven by Karina (above). Teamed with a block-coloured Cos suit in yellow, this outfit is bright and fun.

Go neutral from head to toe with your square-toed heel for a streamlined look like Leonie Hanne’s. (above)

Dress up a casual jean with square toed heels like Lauren Nicole (above).

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