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What Shoes Will Be in Style in 2021?

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Last Updated on August 26, 2021

Wondering what shoes are in style in 2021? 

The first half of the year may be over, but it’s still a good time to keep an eye out on the trends for spring/summer and autumn/winter 2021. The opportunities to dress up with a pretty pair are still abundant, after all.

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I’m sure you still love your house slippers as much as I do, but I know you’re eager to try out new things after relishing the comfort of loungewear from head to toe for a year or more. 

So it’s truly the perfect time to step out (pun intended) with a new pair of shoes. But which ones are in style in 2021? 

Here are the key footwear trends for the year.

For spring and summer, throwback styles have dominated the runways and the streets. Here are what should be part of your shoe-drobe for warmer days.

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Fisherman sandals are one of summer 2021's top shoe trends.

Fisherman sandals

2021 has seen ‘90s fashion coming out of the vaults. One of the many styles from the era that dominated the looks of people on the street and online is the fisherman sandals. The look has now been updated, though, and looks more chic and polished.

Pillow sandals

Comfort will now always be king, and that’s evident in the pillow sandals trend. These pairs are just as comfortable as your house slippers — maybe even more — and they’re chicer.

Dad sandals

If you never liked your dad’s sandals when he wore them, maybe you’ll like wearing them instead. Dad sandals have risen in popularity this year, and we’re not complaining. They’re comfy and edgy.

Velcro sandals

Yet another ‘90s shoe trend that rose again in 2021, the velcro sandals are perfect no matter if you wear them hiking or not.


Look at these as an extension of your comfortable outfits at home. The only difference is they’re more sophisticated — but still comfortable.

Chunky sandals

Not into flats but don’t like heels? Chunky sandals are what you need, and there’s an abundance of really fun styles right now.

It’s not too late to get a pair for one of these trends, but if you’re already on your way to preparing for cooler months ahead, these are the pieces to watch out for. Here are the shoe trends for autumn-winter 2021, according to SANTE + WADE co-founder Agnes Cushnie.

Chunky loafers are one of 2021's key shoe trends.

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Chunky loafers

These will be big this season. Keep an eye out for patent leather and gold hardware.


It’s all about going all-out for this trend. Inspired by ‘70s disco, metallic heels, boots, mules, and more are the way to go.

Power pumps

‘90s trends are not done from resurfacing. The power pumps are emerging as one of autumn-winter key trends.

Walking boots

Practical and embellished? Yes, you can have both when it comes to this trendy style.

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Extra height

Ditch the stilettos for now. Platforms are what’s ruling in the coming seasons.

Lug soles

If you haven’t seen these around yet, you’re bound to. Lug soles are one of the shoe styles that will definitely be on trend in 2021.

Knee-high boots

Autumn and winter outfits won’t be complete without boots. This year, it’s all about ‘70s-inspired knee-high styles.

House shoes

We’re all so used to leather and anything heavy for autumn-winter, but this year begs a change with house slippers. 

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