Looking Forward: Shoe Trends for 2016

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As much fun as it was looking back on all the great shoe styles from 2015, it’s even more exciting to take a peak at upcoming trends for the New Year! 2016 promises to take things up a notch when it comes to footwear, with interesting new designs and materials, bold colors and patterns, and edgier silhouettes coming our way. Here, our style experts weigh in on the hottest trends to keep an eye out for this year, and their top picks for each that are ready for the taking now on shoebuy.com!

Sneakers

We already saw an increase in the popularity of sneakers over the past few months, and this year, expect them to be all the rage. What’s new about the latest styles, however, are their innovative designs and use of materials like leather, suede, and canvas. Some retro, others almost futuristic, these aren’t your standard kicks. White sneakers in particular are positioned to thrive in 2016, so be sure to get your hands on a crisp pair.

Futuristic

And speaking of the future, another new trend to watch out for are ultramodern features and original shapes and colors adorning everything from slip-ons to stilettos. From studs and cutouts to stripes and sliver detailing, the shoe styles for 2016 may reach beyond this galaxy.

Pastels & Floral

If you’re feeling intimidated by these eclectic looks, rest assured, there are softer upcoming trends as well. Pastels are coming in hot and floral patterns are just as sweet, adding the perfect amount of pretty to your spring wardrobe.

Suede

Lush materials like suede always look good in clean, well-structured silhouettes. For boots, slightly understated styles that evoke a western vibe with a bit more simplicity than the classic cowboy boot steal the show, and fringe proves it’s here to stay. For flats, the pointer the toe the better, adding finesse especially when paired with a wooden or cork sole/heel – another hot trend for 2016.

Slides & Mules

Also carryovers from last year, slides and mules aren’t going anywhere soon. Up the ante with a bold print or killer heel, and look for distinguishing features such as studs, zippers, and buckles to really stand out.

Flatforms

While not a fit for every fashion fancy, there’s no denying this new trend is one to behold. Whether in low flatform or tall, a pair will add high fashion glamour to your spring/summer wardrobe – or better yet, try them out first on a winter getaway someplace warm.

Open-Toe Bootie

2016 confirms the bootie as a must-have for every season with the debut of an open toe. Easily dressed up or down, get ready to show off your pedicure all year long.

Which trends are you most excited to wear in 2016? Any from past years you wish would come back or hope to never see again? Share your favorite look or best shoe faux pas story with us in the comments below!

Mule Time: Top 7 Open Backed Shoes for Fall

 

Blog-Featured-MulesFall is just around the corner, and today we’re excited to feature one of the biggest fashion trends in footwear we are seeing for the fall 2015 season, Mules! For the past few years, open-toed styles have been a popular trend in booties, heels, and other footwear. But this fall, we’re seeing a focus on the other end of the spectrum and the shoe, the heel. Mules, or shoes with open backs, have quickly moved to the top of our list when it comes to trending shoes for fall.

And while mules will most definitely be a trendy and fashionable choice during the autumn months, they are also super comfortable. There are options available in almost every height, and with both open and closed-toes, making it easy for you to find a pair to match your style. We’ve selected seven of our favorite mules below, but first, here are a few tips on how to style them from ShoeBuy’s Merchandising Manager and style expert, Courtney Barry:

“Mules are the hip, trendy sister of the clog. With the 70’s trending majorly from head to toe, the mule has emerged on the footwear runways. We are all thankful for a Fall footwear trend that is comfortable and can be worn by all! Not only can you wear them all day long, you can also pretty much wear them with anything in your closet – from a casual weekend outfit of sweaters and jeans, to a nighttime look with a denim dress.”

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Have you jumped on the mule bandwagaon yet? Shop our full collection of mules here and then get out and pick some apples, carve some pumpkins, and enjoy the beautiful fall weather!