Stylists reveal fashion trends for 2023

Some old shoe trends are making a comeback, but others that are currently in fashion are no longer as popular.
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Business Insider asked two stylists what shoe trends will and won’t be hot in 2023.

Shoes with buckles and chunky heels are popular models in the new year.

Boots with profiled soles and rounded toes, on the other hand, are less and less popular.

Ballet flats are back in fashion

You can implement the trend with simple or rather unusual designs.

You can implement the trend with simple or rather unusual designs.
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According to Tara West, personal stylist, award-winning lifestyle blogger and podcast co-host, ballet flats are trending in 2023. Look out for models made from elegant materials or with unusual embellishments. “Satin flats are best because they look elegant and feminine and go well with jean shorts, pleated trousers or a chic mini skirt,” says the stylist.

White sneakers add a sporty touch to any look

White sneakers are a versatile wardrobe essential.

White sneakers are a versatile wardrobe essential.
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According to West, sneakers are also a trend for the New Year. You can combine white tennis shoes with dresses, skirts, trousers or shorts. “Fancy sneakers add a sporty edge to any look, and they’re so comfortable,” she told Business Insider.

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Wide, knee-high boots are on the way

The wider, the better it is to go with trends.

The wider, the better it is to go with trends.
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According to Abby Young, fashion stylist and CEO of Abby Young Styling, you’re going to see a lot more roomy, knee-high boots next year. “They’re a playful take on the floor-length pants trend and a counterpoint to the skin-tight look of leggings and heels,” she told Business Insider.

Short ankle boots with slanted heels give the classic look a modern twist

Angular designs will be everywhere in 2023.

Angular designs will be everywhere in 2023.
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If you want to change the traditional ankle boot a bit, you should choose one with a low, curved heel. Curved heels look better on your feet than they do on the shelf, Young told Business Insider. “They add a modern twist to ankle boots that would otherwise be a little too plain.”

Simple sandals allow you to draw more attention to your outfit

Simple sandals can be easily combined with everything.

Simple sandals can be easily combined with everything.
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Clean, simple sandals are a must in the new year, says Tara West. “These types of shoes are usually designed with thin straps or with as few details as possible to draw more attention to your outfit,” says the stylist. The sandals are perfect for warm days and an optimal choice for travel.

Shoes with buckles give any outfit a special touch

You can play with flashy shoe designs.

You can play with flashy shoe designs.
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If you want to spice up your style, then you should consider adding more buckles to your shoe closet. “Buckles are the latest way to dress up gladiator shoes and vintage Mary Janes, adding a touch of gothic chic with the contrast of black and silver,” Young told Business Insider.

A newly designed mini heel finds its way back onto the scene

Millennials may be over the so-called kitten heels, but they are making a comeback.

Millennials may be over the so-called kitten heels, but they are making a comeback.
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A cool-girl kitten heel is a new twist on the traditional style and is now making its way onto the fashion scene. The redesigned angled kitten heel gets an upgrade with a geometric flair, according to Tara West. Designers are bringing this style back to date, giving it an elevated look that’s both flattering and cool.

Shoes with thick, chunky heels remain in fashion

Platforms, chunky heels and platform sneakers will also be popular next year.

Platforms, chunky heels and platform sneakers will also be popular next year.
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This trend includes models such as platforms, flat platforms, exaggerated wedge heels and chunky block heels – especially with sandals or sneakers. “These versatile styles work with a variety of looks, from casual denim outfits to dressier pantsuits and evening dresses,” West told Business Insider.

On the other hand, colorful sneakers are out

Simple sneakers are a safer bet.

Simple sneakers are a safer bet.
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In the past two years, Young says, there’s been a radical shift away from bright retro colors and toward more earth tones, making brightly colored sneakers a thing of the past. According to the stylist, this year’s sneaker design with a smaller profile and minimalist style is on trend.

Faux leather boots are not a 2023 look

Wide baggy boots can quickly make a look look old.

Wide baggy boots can quickly make a look look old.
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When it comes to so-called slouch boots, you have to be careful with your choice if you want to stay on trend, says West. “A slouch style boot is very smart. But boots with a faux slouch detail aren’t trendy anymore,” says the stylist. Instead, look for loose boots with a naturally baggy look if you like that style.

Do not wear shoes with rounded toes in the New Year

Round toe caps were all the rage in 2010.

Round toe caps were all the rage in 2010.
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Another trend to buck is round shoes, says West. “Round toe shapes seem quite dated,” she says. Instead, opt for a pointed shape or heeled boots to update your collection, she recommends.

Boots with thick worn soles are long out of date

Shoes with rubber soles have been everywhere lately.

Shoes with rubber soles have been everywhere lately.
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Boots with thick rubber soles, a popular model, are also going out of style, according to Tara West. This year, the stylist predicts that rubber will instead be incorporated into other styles of shoes, such as pumps and sneakers.

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Puffy slip-on heels need a break in the new year

The padded slipper look has had its day.

The padded slipper look has had its day.
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Give the padded slides a break. According to Young, they have been overused. “Yes, they were cute at first, but now the shoe market is too saturated with them,” she told Business Insider. Instead, trade them for a pair of trendy slingback mules.

Lace-up boots or combat boots are old fashioned and no longer in fashion

Combat boots are becoming more and more fashionable.

Combat boots are becoming more and more fashionable.
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“Until combat boots can adapt to increasingly fashionable footwear, they will always remain a relic of an alternative Tumblr aesthetic from the 2010s,” explains Young. She suggests wearing a pair of Chelsea platform boots instead. Or go for a modern biker boot with a zip or buckle, she concludes.

This article was translated from English by Melanie Gelo. You can read the original here.

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