5 Shoe Trends Everyone Will Wear in 2022

Spring shoe trends 2022

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Versace; Khaite; Balenciaga; The Attico; Versace/Getty Images

The spring/summer 2022 collections may have debuted last year, but the biggest trends and cult buys are just starting to trickle into the market, so it's prime time to start shopping them. While there are so many major trends and micro-trends worth noting for the season—ranging from "naked" fashion to big leather jackets—I'm here to narrow in on the coolest spring shoe trends for 2022.

There were many notable styles introduced by designers, but there are five trends that are the most important to know for the season ahead. Rather than focus on any seasonal basics, I'm highlighting the most directional footwear that I predict will have a big impact on fashion this season. The short list includes the colors taking over and the silhouettes that are already going viral among the fashion set. Here, read on for the five key spring shoe trends for 2022.

Spring shoe trends 2022: bold colors

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Versace; Gucci; Prada/Getty Images

For spring, designers seemed to unanimously agree that bold, vibrant colors are one of the key trends of the season. That includes everything from head-to-toe looks to accessories, but I think the easiest way to incorporate bright shades into your wardrobe is with a pair of shoes. Versace debuted slime green, Gucci made the case for canary yellow, and Prada leaned heavily into orange—arguably the color of the season. While orange is already standing out, you can't go wrong with the rainbow of hues hitting the market. The fun has arrived!

Celebrity stylist Mimi Cuttrell designed the most stunning collection with BY FAR.

I predict these Prada wedges will be a cult spring buy.

Spring shoe trends 2022: platforms

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Versace/Getty Images; ACNE Studios; Saint Laurent/Getty Images

Platforms are another spring/summer 2022 shoe trend that demands all of the joy. Inherently a party shoe style, platforms are meant to be paired with a fun night out—plus a great mini dress. There is a range of styles and silhouettes hitting the market that tap into a variety of comfort levels. Gucci has a low pair that will remind you of throwback styles from the aughts, while Versace and Valentino have sky-high versions. Platforms are selling out everywhere right now, which is a sure sign that they will be a defining trend for spring.

The Gucci shoes sitting at the top of my spring wish list.

One of the most talked-about pairs of shoes of the season.

Spring shoe trends 2022: big sole sandals

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Khaite; Bevza; Etro

A cousin to the platform, big-sole sandals are a more low-key version of the party heels. With cushy, super-thick soles, these slides are cozy but intended to be seen out of the house and offer up a more wearable, everyday take on the platform. Many styles on the market share the futuristic shape and materials of Yeezy's internet-famous slides. Whether you're pairing them with leggings or a micro miniskirt, there's no doubt they're outfit-elevating shoes.

I credit Yeezy with kicking off this trend.

Spring shoe trends 2022: pointed knee-high boots

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Balenciaga; Blumarine; Marine Serre

Since spring is a transitional season, there is always a standout boot trend to know about. For spring/summer 2022, designer after designer introduced sharply pointed knee-high boots on the runways. Balenciaga's Cagole boots are a particular standout piece. Finished with the same grommets used on the brand's 2001 motorcycle bag, they tap into Y2K nostalgia, which is huge this season. 

Get ready to see the Cagole boots everywhere.

Finished in Marine Serre's iconic moon print.

Just look at that cool zipper detail.

Spring shoe trends 2022: laceups

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The Attico; Valentino; Adam Lippes

Lace it up! Brands ranging from The Attico to Valentino endorsed ankle-wrap styles for spring with lacing that ranges from ties just at the ankles to versions that go higher up the leg. Part of the larger escapist trend that dominated for spring, this shoe style feels primed for a vacation. You'll want to make room for a pair in your suitcase.

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