We fully advocate investing in classic pieces (items that will stand the test of time and that you’ll wear for years to come), but we still like to flirt with the new-season trends that fit in with your own personal style. There’s no easier way to dip your toe into a trend than with a pair of shoes.

Cringe-worthy puns aside, we’re of the opinion that there’s nothing that can give your existing wares an overhaul quite like a pair of shoes, which is exactly why they hold such appeal. As such, it only makes sense to stay ahead of the footwear game and keep up to date with the latest goings-on for heels, flats, sandals, trainers and boots.

This is why we took it upon ourselves to laboriously trawl through the thousands of runway shots to bring you the biggest shoe trends spring/summer 2020 has in store.

We know what you’re thinking: It’s still the depths of winter! That may be the case, but given the fact the following seven shoes are set to dominate the style agenda for at least the next seven months, we think footwear is a sensible investment to make ahead time. Keep scrolling to start spring 2020 off with your best foot forward (sorry).

Twee they may be, but the retro Mary Jane is going to be 2020’s star shoe silhouette, having been seen on the runways of Maison Margiela, Carolina Herrera and Marc Jacobs alike. 

Making an appearance for yet another year is the humble espadrille. In 2020, however, instead of a wedge, the sole remains flat, while raw and rope lace details prove to be all the rage. 

Last year’s obsession with barely there strap heels is set to reign well into spring 2020. The seasonal update comes in the form of an asymmetric strap. 

While white trainers haven’t completely disappeared from the catwalk, the new sneaker of choice is the one made up of loud and sometimes even clashing colours. Eat your heart out, dad. 

Platforms may have made a quiet resurgence at the tail end of 2019, but as far as springtime is concerned, it’s going to be all about the flatform. Embellishment will up the style credentials, as will satin and mock-croc finishes. 

While flat loafers have long been the shoes of busy, on-the-go women, its sister heeled styles have helped to elevate it once again to the height of sartorial sophistication. With blocky heels and square toes, rest assured they’re almost as practical as their flat counterparts. 

Anklets were 2019’s jewellery of note, and it seems designers have made it even easier to get our chain fix, with the likes of Prabal Gurung, JW Anderson and Proenza Schouler all incorporating chains into their designs. 

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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