Post–New York Fashion Week, we’re breaking down all the trends you need to know for spring 2020…now. We’re talking clothing and accessories, especially footwear. Many attendees keep their eyes on the outfits—or the incredible makeup looks—but a shoe-obsessed shopper like me was paying attention to what the models wore on their feet as they strutted down the runway. In case you missed a show or two, I rounded up the top five footwear trends I spotted, ahead. Don’t stock up on too many fall booties, you’ll want to keep space in your closet for what will be the most coveted shoes of next season.
1.Fancy Mary-Jane Pumps
Marc Jacobs (left) and Jason Wu
The most ubiquitous shoe trend for spring 2020 will be the Mary Jane–inspired silhouette. Designers breathed new life into this style by incorporating prints or adding texture à la Marc Jacobs’ shearling-covered heels. Whether you decide to go for a sophisticated or playful look, you won’t have trouble finding a bevy of design options.
Tory Burch (left) and Cynthia Rowley
Bows are sticking around for next season, so there’s no reason to give up on finding a feminine shoe to wear to weddings and on vacations. Burch paired yellow bow pumps with floral dresses featuring a matching giant bow neckline, while Rowley styled black kitten mules with oversize shirts and slouchy bottoms. Personally, I’m a fan of the latter, a boy-meets-girl-meets-comfort look.
Prabal Gurung (left) and Sies Marjan
Designers had fun repositioning and reconfiguring the straps of shoes for spring 2020, like these asymmetrical straps that wrap diagonally across your feet. Some made the straps wider, like Prabal Gurung, while others stuck to the barely-there sandal look that took over everyone’s closet in spring 2019.
4.Decked Out Booties
Anna Sui (left) and Self-Portrait
An easy way to add interest to a heel is by rethinking the shape or adding a pattern. Self-Portrait experimented with a snakeskin print, while Anna Sui turned her bootie’s heel into what looked like a mini chair leg. Distinct looks that make an equally impactful fashion statement.
Anna Sui (left) and Tibi
Chunky platform shoes will be the sole aesthetic for next season. Models at Tibi clunked around in various versions of the gray shoes seen here, while Anna Sui models strutted down the runway with ease in floral clogs. Here’s hoping all the platform footwear won’t feel as heavy as they look.