The 5 Shoe Trends You’ll Be Seeing Everywhere This Summer

In the mood to dig your heels into a new pair of shoes for the upcoming season? You’ll want to read up on the best summer 2023 shoe trends first. And to help you set foot in the right direction (okay, I’ll stop), I’ve tapped none other than Caroline Maguire, the fashion director at Shopbop.

Finding the right pair of shoes for your summer ‘fits can sometimes feel more like a job than you might like. Maybe you want a pair of cute summer sandals that’ll last you all season. Or perhaps you need a go-to pair of walking sneakers for those daily strolls. Of course, if you want to do all of that and tap into the season’s hottest trends, Maguire has you covered.

The fashion director has a pulse on the latest pieces to hit the market, which means she already knows the biggest footwear trends for the summer. Scroll down to shop what she declares will be the best summer shoe trends you can start wearing now. And once you’ve rounded out your summer shoe collection, be sure to finish your wardrobe with the best summer 2023 fashion trends.



summer 2023 shoe trend platforms

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“This summer, we’ll be seeing a lot of platforms (flatforms included!),” she shares. “I personally love how platforms offer some extra height and accentuate your legs; pairs from Cult Gaia feel uber-retro and super on-trend.”

Joplin Platform
Culta Gaia Joplin Platform
Spice Black Stretch Knee-High Boots
Naked Wolfe Spice Black Stretch Knee-High Boots
Mar Platform Sandal
Melissa Mar Platform Sandal


summer 2023 shoe trends loafers

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Loafers might be considered more of a cold-weather shoe, especially given their preppy nature. Don’t let that fool you, though. This closed-toe shoe is still going to be omnipresecent come summer, according to Maguire. In other words, if you haven’t snapped up the best loafers yet, now is your chance. (No time like the present!)

Liv Penny Loafer
Free People Liv Penny Loafer
Lucy Loafer
Wandler Lucy Loafer
Brera Loafer
Koio Brera Loafer

Ballet Flats

summer 2023 shoe trends ballet flats

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You may already be keen on the epic return of ballet flats (which, no doubt, have a place in warm weather), given that it’s one of the best spring 2023 shoe trends to make its way down the runways. Blame it on the ongoing love for balletcore or the want for something sweet and simple; either way, no one is upset about it.

Studded Ballet
Tory Burch Studded Ballet

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Square Toe Ballerina Flats
Mansur Gavriel Square Toe Ballerina Flats
Balletic Buckled Ballet Flat
Jeffrey Campbell Balletic Buckled Ballet Flat

Mary Janes

summer 2023 shoe trends mary janes

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Another year-round trend that’s a surefire win for summer? Mary Jane shoes. The fashion director lists this schoolgirl silhouette as a must-have for summer 2023. And if you’re asking me, I completely agree. Whether it be on the flat or low-heeled side for an easy look or a comfortable high heel to add an unexpected edge to an outfit, these are sure to grab some attention wherever you go.

Whitley Mary Jane
Coach Whitley Mary Jane
Casilda Leather 90 Pumps
Souliers Martinez Casilda Leather 90 Pumps
Bacara 55mm Glitter Mary-Jane Shoes
Nodaleto Bacara 55mm Glitter Mary-Jane Shoes

Vintage Sneakers

summer 2023 shoe trends vintage inspired sneakers

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Sneakers are no stranger to trending themes—and this season is no different. But the specific trend of cool styles Maguire’s eyeing? Retro-inspired trainers. Swap out your classic white sneakers or chunky kicks for a pair of these for a more streamlined option this summer.

Retro Runners
Rag & Bone Retro Runners
Air Max 86 Big Bubble Suede and Mesh Sneakers
Nike Air Max 86 Big Bubble Suede and Mesh Sneakers
Court Low Top Sneaker
Madewell Court Low Top Sneaker
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Dale Arden Chong is the Senior Fashion Commerce Editor at Previously, she was an editor at and has written for Who What Wear, GLAMOUR, The Coveteur, and more. She loves fashion, food, and art, among other things—but her greatest love is K-pop idol V of BTS. 

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