7 Fire Footwear Trends To Shop In 2020
More than a quarter of 2020 has passed and the results are in. We’ve rounded up the hottest sneaker and footwear trends of the year, including eco-friendly styles, heritage favorites, and color-blocked hues. How many of these trends do you have in your closet already? If you need to fill in the blanks, we’ve included our favorite of-the-moment styles.
On April 22, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and the fashion industry is on board. Brands are flexing innovative ways for more eco-conscious construction. For example, Adidas is using Parley Ocean PLastic (made from recycled waste intercepted from beaches) in its Terrex styles. Meanwhile, Balenciaga’s on-trend Speed Sneakers are made from 3D recycled knit.
For those who live and breathe sneakers, we want to introduce you to the trend-ready loafer. The hottest styles borrow motifs from their athletic counterparts, like airbag heels and contrast coloring. The best part? No socks required.
Let’s be real, 2020 is the future. We’re driving around in hybrid cars and wearing some slick hybrid sneaker styles. These ahead-of-their-time models fuse sneakers with boots and shoes with sandals. There’s always something unexpected, like Maison Margiela’s Retro Fit, which positions an iconic sneaker silhouette atop a geometric outsole fit for time travel.
Chunky outsoles made their debut in fashion a few seasons ago, and were instantly polarizing. They’ve been called “ugly sneakers” or “dad shoes” in the past, but the most current styles are anything but. These fresh, modern takes on the motif feature lightweight construction and tone-on-tone colors that don’t overwhelm the oversized silhouette.
Some things never go out of style, like aged whiskey or a classic tuxedo. Also in the category are all of these heritage sneakers that have stood the test of time. The Nike Air Force 1, Converse Chuck Taylors, Vans checkerboard Motif, and a sleek white pair of adidas will forever be on trend.
It’s been a sad year for basketball, with the death of legend Kobe Bryant followed by the suspension of the 2020 season. Still, nothing can quell our love for a vintage-inspired basketball shoe. Paired with jeans, joggers, or mesh shorts, these high-top retro styles look incredibly current.
From candy-coated hues to classic primary basics, color blocking is having a moment. The result of this bright collection of shades is a nostalgic ’80s/’90s vibe that’s incredible on trend. Prefer to take this trend down a notch? Shop tone-on-tone color blocking for a more subdued take on the look.
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