Sweet 16: Shoes You’ll Want To Wear This Year

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16 is THE number this year. Of course, it’s 2016, but did you know it’s also ShoeBuy’s 16th birthday?! Our friends at The Gloss put together a hilarious article titled, Every Awkward Shoe You Wore in the 2000s, that is sure to get a groan out of every shoe maven, but hey, we’re all for taking fashion risks!

The good news is Sweet (two-thousand and) Sixteen is shaping up to be an awesome year as far as footwear is concerned. We’ve already shared our roundup of trends to keep an eye out for, and now we’re giving you the lowdown on the top 16 styles that you’ll be proud to wear all the way into the next decade – we promise*!

Why it’s hot?

Because booties are arguably the most versatile pair of shoes in your closet right now. And coming soon: pairs with perforation to give your spring wardrobe a fresh kick.

Why it’s hot?

Because while flip-flops may not be office-appropriate during the summer, city sandals go from work to play without missing a step (rooftop cocktails, anyone?).

Why it’s hot?

Because metallic is like the icy senior girl you adored as a freshman back in high school – it’s just so, cool.

Why it’s hot?

Because cage/lace-up sandals are a sassy (and supportive!) choice for summer.

Why it’s hot?

Because we all loved our slides and mules during the fall, and now we can wear them throughout the warmer months, too!

Why it’s hot?

Because espadrilles of both the flat and wedge varieties are the perfect way to add some Spanish flare to any outfit. Can we get an “olé?”

Why it’s hot?

Because footbed sandals aren’t only trendy, they’re actually good for your foot health.

Why it’s hot?

Because torrential days are already huge bummers – might as well look cute in a great pair of rain boots, right?

Why it’s hot?

Because stripes are IN, especially when they’re ON your feet.

Why it’s hot?

Because black and white is a classic combination with endless possibilities.

Why it’s hot?

Because a floral pattern is practically wearable art. And because here in New England, we may not see real flowers until June.  

Why it’s hot?

Because metallic with a preppy twist is even better. 

Why it’s hot?

Because the icy senior girl your mom adored back in the 70s would have worn these. That’s like, 45 years of cool.

Why it’s hot?

Because the only thing better than a bootie, is an open toe bootie you can wear All. Year. Long.

Why it’s hot?

Because snazzy running shoes aren’t just for your marathon-fanatic friend anymore – even the serious athletic brands are upping the fashion-ante, giving you one less excuse to skip out on that jog.

Why it’s hot?

Because canvas sneakers aren’t just for the playground. Listen to your five-year-old self and grab a pair.

*To the best of our predictive abilities, we believe these shoes will still be cool in 2026.

Looking for more footwear inspiration for the coming year? Be sure to check back soon for our list of Fitness Must-Haves to reach your goals!