The 5 Best Shoe Trends to Wear This Spring, According to FASHION Editors

Get ready to jump feet first into these styles

It’s that time of year again. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and those long-lasting winter blues have finally lifted. That’s right, it’s finally spring, which means it’s finally time to swap those thick-soled boots for a pair of fresh spring shoes. No matter if you’re more polished preppy or never change out of workout wear, ECCO has you covered. Here are the 5 best shoe trends to wear this spring, as picked out by the editors of FASHION.

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Ballet Flats

Not since the era of Gossip Girl and The OC has the classic ballet flat wielded such considerable influence and this spring the classic silhouette is, ahem, poised to take over. Comfortable, elegant, and reminiscent of style icons like Audrey Hepburn and Kate Moss, this Parisian style is perennially chic. Whether you’re out for a bike ride or traipsing to a flower markets, ballet flats are the perfect transitional style for any occasion that calls for a relaxed and classy look. ECCO’s signature ballet flat combines ECCO FLUIDFORM™ Direct Comfort Technology and state-of-the-art leather for a super lightweight shoe.

“I haven’t worn ballet flats since high school, but lately I’ve been craving a return to simple slip-ons. This season I’m retiring my loafers in favour of a pair of ballet flats.” –Isabel Slone, fashion features editor, FASHION magazine

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Chunky Sneakers

The athleisure trend is still going strong with no signs of stopping. Meanwhile, sneaker silhouettes have morphed from sleek and streamlined to hulking and oversized. These ECCO sneakers incorporates bubble shapes into their sculpted sole, which adds a pop of visual interest while ensuring you won’t be left out of the trend. Designed out of high-performance neoprene and stronger-than-steel DYNEEMA® BONDED leather, these sneakers aren’t just  heavy-duty, they’ll keep you trending all day long.

“I love chunky sneakers because they make me look really small! Just kidding, I like that they make me taller without wearing heels, plus they’re nostalgic. They remind me of being a kid in the ‘80s when puffy sneakers were all the rage.” – Brittany Eccles, creative director, FASHION magazine

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Mules

Slip-on shoes are a simple way to chic up any outfit, so it’s kismet that this backless shoe is making big waves this spring. Sleek and minimalist, these dapper mules dip their toes into  ‘90s nostalgia trend while still managing to look super current. Plus, they’re practical too. The 2-inch block heel is just the right height to take you from a busy workday through to dinner and drinks. (Or Netflix and chill if that’s more your thing.) Fashioned from high quality ECCO leather, these shoes mix function with fashion in a serious way. Their leather lining is guaranteed to keep your feet dry and cozy no matter how many hours you spend in them.

“Silvia Venturini once told me that if an item isn’t both functional and beautiful, than a design is worthless. Thank goodness these shoes are both.” –Isabel Slone, fashion features editor, FASHION magazine

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Oxford Wingtips

Sophisticated, genteel and anything-but-stuffy, the oxford-style brogue is less of a “trend” and more of a shoe that will always be stylish regardless of the season. (They’re also a personal favourite of FASHION’s editor-in-chief Noreen Flanagan.)  These dressy duds are perfect for professors, painters, paralegals and anyone who likes to look a little dressed-up on a daily basis. Constructed out of ECCO CALF CRUST leather, these durable, high quality shoes will last close to a lifetime  – long after spring shoe trends have come and gone.

“Wearing oxford wingtips is the fashion equivalent of having a little puppy, because people always stop me on the street and want to talk about them. They’re like the Golden Retriever of footwear.” –Noreen Flanagan, editor-in-chief, FASHION magazine

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Strappy Sandals

Strappy sandals may seem like they belong to a bygone era when Carrie Bradshaw still cavorted around New York City in her beloved Manolo Blahniks, but believe it or not, these ‘00s staple shoe are due for a big comeback. Some simple bands of premium ECCO leather on a full, layered PU sole are all you need to romp around the city in maximum comfort, while adhering to one of the hottest looks of spring. Carrie Bradshaw eat your heart out.

“They’re a cute ‘90s throwback. I like how minimalist they are.” –D’loraine Miranda, production editor, FASHION magazine