These Are the Most Popular Shoes of the Entire Year, So Don't You Forget to Buy Them
Since we wanted to be completely sure we've filled all the buckets when it comes to shoes this year, we scanned the streets, along with our favorite retailers, to round up the most prominent trends. Ahead, you won't just find the artsy styles on the runways, which may seem daunting, but the most popular selection of kicks. You know, the footwear you spot on models or editors that you follow on the 'gram, and then go searching for, dedicated to finding similar options. From quirky mules or sculptural wooden heels that suddenly sprouted up everywhere to the designs we've become more familiar with (think the '80s pin heel bootie and thigh highs), here are the 15 shoes of 2018, and we definitely won't forget them.
Gigi Hadid stepped out in Jacquemus's signature shape in July 2018.
Our Pick: Stella McCartney Loop Lock Eclypse Sneakers
Alternative: Steve Madden Memory Platform Wedge Sneaker
Victorian Lace-Up Boots
Tracee Ellis Ross paired her ivory leather boots with white denim, a dusty rose blazer, and a Balenciaga crossbody bag in New York in May 2018.
Alternative: Nasty Gal Another String to Your Bow Faux Leather Boot
Nasty Gal Another String to Your Bow Faux Leather Boot ($35, originally $70)
The Dior slingback certainly had its moment (Selena is even a fan!) but the style extends beyond the iconic French fashion house. Selena wore a classic black version in New York.
Kim Kardashian's PVC mules are not the only ones we've spotted on the street. Lucite heels are equally as popular, but mules like the ones Kim wore in LA in February 2018 are on the rise.
Alternative: Kendall + Kylie Leila Leather and PVC Strap Sandals
Iskra Lawrence combined two trends when she stepped out in these superstrappy snakeskin embellished heels in Paris in March 2018. Whether you're a classicist who prefers leopard or snakeskin is your go-to, wild patterns are everywhere.
Alternative: J.Crew Buckled High Heel Sandals in Faux Snakeskin
Flat Leather Sandals
Victoria Beckham showed off the ultimate "Summer 2018 vacation shoe" in Paris in July 2018 when she stepped out in all white. The designer's toe loop sandal and slight platform is exactly what makes this look so cool and sophisticated.
Superstrappy Around the Ankle
Ashley Graham let her T-strap, ankle-wrap heels take center stage when she stepped out for an NYC event in March 2018. Her wiry, spindly stilettos are everywhere this year. Do you own a pair yet?
Alternative: Missguided Black Clear Strap Lace Up Heeled Sandals
Sock Style Boots
While Cardi B is still singing about Balenciaga's sock sneakers, the fitted, ankle-rise sock boot can be with or without a heel. Mandy Moore modeled a more elevated version at the Dior show during Paris Haute Couture Week in July 2018.
Our Pick: Proenza Schouler Curved-Heel Lace-Up Leather Ankle Boots
Proenza Schouler Curved-Heel Lace-Up Leather Ankle Boots ($462, originally $660)
Olivia Palermo rocked one of the year's biggest trends on what you thought was a simple pair of black Christian Louboutins on her way to the Fendi show in July 2018. Remember when Meghan Markle showed her sign of support in these Aquazzura slingbacks? It's a subtle, superfeminine detail that we're all about.
Logomania is everywhere, and Priyanka Chopra executed the trend perfectly when she capped off a neutral top and straight leg jeans with a pair of iconic Fendi heels in NYC in June 2018.
Alternative: Vetements Logo-Print High Top Canvas Trainers
Vetements Logo-Print High Top Canvas Trainers ($237, originally $790)
The '80s Boot
Kendall Jenner has been wearing a boot with a thin-pin '80s heel for what feels like forever. She even got in on the sportswear trend by letting her footwear take center stage and completing the outfit with a nylon Prada bag, striped sweatshirt, and biker shorts when she stepped out in NYC in June 2018.
Our Pick: Ted Baker London Torabel Velvet Bow Stiletto Heel
Ted Baker London Torabel Velvet Bow Stiletto Heel ($130, originally $210)
Ariana Grande isn't the only one keeping the trend alive. Yara Shahidi's cobalt Le Silla thigh-highs made quite the statement when she stepped out in NYC in January 2018. Whether you like blue, pink, red, or something more neutral that goes with your entire wardrobe, you should make sure you've got some tall stunners this year.