WHILE an old pair of shoes could last you a couple more years, they may not be in style for too much longer.
Fashion expert Shea Whitney argued there are eight styles you should avoid wearing this year and revealed which ones to get instead.
It’s hard to let go of shoes you’ve had for a while.
However, if they’re beaten up and no longer in style, all the more reason to let them go.
This year’s trends have turned grungier with added sprinkles of chic.
Shea posted a YouTube video discussing the eight styles of shoes she believes are no longer trendy and which alternatives you should be looking for.
Beginning with dressy heels, Shea claims strappy picks are no longer it.
Specifically, sandals with one ankle strap.
While they may be versatile, the current trends no longer call for these kinds of heels.
“What we’re seeing more in for 2022 are still strappy, but actually the tie-up ankle strap heels,” Shea says.
She thinks these are very feminine and perfectly on-trend.
Though wedges may have been out of style for a while, Shea explains that they’ve made a comeback in the last few years.
She’s not talking about cork or leather wedges, but the espadrille ones.
Plain leather slides are being pushed out for two other options: a feminine one and a masculine one.
Both options incorporate woven detail.
For the feminine pair, Shea is referring to the flat sandals with a chunky woven strap to replace the “boring” leather one.
This style is similar to what you would expect to see from the designer brand Bottega Veneta.
According to Shea, a masculine option is “a lot more chunky, but still really popular right now.”
Instead of Bottega’s inspiration, Shea says the trend was started by Chanel.
These sandals are double woven strap platform ones.
Shea believes flip-flops are never in style, but also never out of style.
Still, a trendier option for 2022 would be the rubber Birkenstocks.
“They’re rubber, you just rinse them off. You can wear them to the pool, the beach, on vacation, out running errands, they’re amazing,” Shea says.
If Birkenstocks aren’t your thing, pillow slides are also in.
Shea claims: “They’re very, very popular. They’re gushy and comfortable.”
“There are basic tennis shoes, like workout attire, and then there’s like the white shoes, they’re just like all white. Let’s push that out,” she continues.
Retro, vintage-looking sneakers are what you should be getting instead.
For boots, sock-like bootie options are becoming outdated.
Taller picks are key.
Specifically, Shea believes Western boots are popular.
If you’re a loafer fan, don’t worry, they aren’t going anywhere.
However, chunky ones should be the style you have.
Finally, thin mules with a thick chain overtop should be replaced with clogs.
“This definitely has a Western vibe to it, and they’re similar to mules, but they’re, again, chunky. It’s comfortable, it’s stylish,” Shea says.
Some viewers took Shea’s side on a few controversial opinions she gave, yet others weren’t too pleased with her hot takes.
“I can’t believe my style preference actually disagrees with most of the options she has presented,” one person wrote, while another commented: “I love Shea, and she is completely right that these are the trends I’m seeing as well.”