7 shoe trends for 2021

Although all of our calendars are looking a little quieter this year, that won’t stop us from embracing fashion and the latest shoe trends.

Naturally, this year’s footwear trends reflect the current need for comfort, with a focus on flats and low heels that have all the durability and cushioning that’s key for practical wear. Style isn’t taking a backseat, though, as statement detailing is in the spotlight, too. Think of 2021 as the year where style and comfort are in total balance.

Here are the shoes and boots that are in style in 2021.

Trending shoes for women in 2021

Ballet pumps

Ballet pumps are set to be super popular in 2021, from classic, understated styles to metallic, bright, and animal print designs. Our Grace Piper ballet pumps cover all bases ̶ try black or navy for a timeless feel, or metallic and animal print for a bolder aesthetic. Wear with jeans or cropped trousers for an effortless yet put-together look.

Women’s Grace Piper ballet pumps in Black Leather

Kitten heels

Kitten heels have been slowly making a comeback over the past couple of years, after originally rising to popularity in the 1950s. Fast forward 70 years and you can find all your favourite silhouettes in a comfortable kitten heel design, like the Laina 55 Court shoe and the Laina 55 Sling. Find inspiration for how to wear kitten heels in any season and on any occasion.

Retro trainers

Retro trainers were a major trend last year, and they’re still a go-to style in 2021. Jazz up your outfit with the all-neutral Hero Air Lace in white leather, tri-coloured Un Maui Lace or multicoloured Un Maui Band, finished with classic athleisure stripes.

Women’s Hero Lite Lace in White

Cushioned sandals

We've long been championing the cushioned sandal, and in 2021, comfort is finally taking centre stage when it comes to summer footwear. Unlike the usual slim-strapped and minimalist sandals, this year is all about thick straps, cushioned soles, and padded details. To embrace this trend, look no further than the Tri Alexia and the Un Haywood.

Riding boots

When it comes to boots in style for 2021, riding boots come out on top. Channel your inner royal with knee-high leather boots like the Pure Caddy, Orinoco 2 Hi, or the Hamble High. Equestrian style isn’t just for the countryside ̶ channel this trend in the city too by teaming your boots with skinny jeans and a trench coat.

Chain embellishments

Sometimes footwear trends are all about the detail. This year, chain-link accents are adding drama to all types of shoes, from pumps and heels to strappy sandals and boots. Trial the trend with our very own Roseleigh High, with chain and buckle detailing that will add edge to any outfit.

Lug soles

Thick lug soles are a top 2021 shoe trend, particularly on trainers and boots. The chunky rubber soles add grip, durability, and a tough aesthetic to a variety of shoes. Try the Orianna Top for an alternative take on the classic Chelsea boot, or give a nod to military style with the Roseleigh Sky.

Slippers

As we continue to embrace working from home, slippers are here to stay this year. We’ve expanded our collection to include cosy moccasin-style slippers, shearling-lined mules and faux fur-lined slip-ons to add the finishing touches to your home office attire.

Explore our full collection of women’s shoes and boots to find stylish and comfortable pairs to take you through this year, whatever it may bring.