The Top 8 Most Wanted Shoes This Season

As we head into the end of Summer, we decided to take a fresh look at what were the most popular summer shoe trends.

We analyzed recent search and spending patterns to see which shoes are the sought after. From Louis Vuitton’s Archlight sneakers to Dior’s slingback heels, here’s the shoes that people are looking for on Lyst right now.

If you feel like you’ve been spotting see-through everything lately, you’re not alone. Thanks to Chanel’s spring/summer 2018 plastic-covered runway, the brand put see-through synthetics on the map and other designers have soon followed suit by investing in the translucent trend. Proving to be a street-style favorite, transparent boots have been spotted on everyone from Kim K to Gigi Hadid, causing similar styles to sell out quickly. On Lyst, Margiela’s clear-heeled boots have appeared in the top 5 most viewed products since April.

Yellow shoes are having its moment in the sun. Thanks to Amal Clooney in that yellow dress (which sparked 17,000 after she wore it to Harry and Meghan’s wedding), searches for this sunny shade are up 41% year on year, making it the color of the summer. However, the vibrant color’s popularity hasn’t stopped at dresses. Currently, mule heels are searched for every 12 minutes and the most wanted color is yellow, followed by red.

Women’s sneakers are back in the spotlight. These shoes are anything but boring, with designs like LV’s Archlight blurring the line between high-fashion and popular sneaker culture like never before. Dua Lipa, Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid have helped propel the ugly sneaker trend into the mainstream, pairing designs like Balenciaga’s Triple S and Fila’s Disruptor with everything from mini dresses to cut-off jeans. However if you want to invest in the trend, act fast as styles’s LV Archlight sneakers are not hanging around. On average a customer spends only 9 minutes on the LV Archlight product page before committing to buying. 

If our ongoing fascination with Parisian It girls has proved anything – it’s that they know how to rock an espadrille sandal like no other. Seen on the soles of Instagram’s favorite French girls like Jeanne Damas, Sabina Socol and Camille Charriere, they prove that sometimes it’s the simplest trends they have the most je ne sais quoi. Unlike Gucci, TOPSHOP and Prada who all released updated embroidered, glitter and logo styles, it was OG designs like the Carina sandals from Castaner that have been getting the most love, searches increased by 39% since April.

Summer’s not the time for complicated shoes. As climates heated up, so did searches for pool slides. Comfortable, un-complicated and did we say comfortable? Searches for flat pool slides have been steadily increasing over the past 2 years. This summer it was Balenciaga’s pink logo slides that got the most searches.

If you’re bored of Birkenstocks, then say hello to the rope sandal. This season saw the evolution of rope sandals go from the soles of tie-dye-clad classes to the Instagram generation. However, if you’re not looking to invest in the trend just yet, then blogger favorites Totême and Nomadic State of Mind, who have been producing rope sandals with an artisan community in Nicaragua since 2002 offer more affordable iterations. “Rope sandals” have been searched for over 10,000 times since the start of the summer. The most popular style is Valentino’s Torchon sandals – its product page has seen more views than any other rope sandal.

Kitten heels – one of the most unexpected fashion comebacks has since become a firm fixture in our wardrobes. However, it was Dior’s logo style that truly prompted the kitten heel revival. It is now in the 8 most wanted shoes of this summer. Spotted on the feet of every fashion-week goer this season, those on the front row proved that the kitten heel has come a long way since granny’s closet. Just leave the headscarf at home.

The 90’s are back (again). This summer’s shoe trends gave a big nod to the 90’s fashion and it seemed no wardrobe was deemed complete without a pair of square-toe sandals. One of the most Instagram-worthy brands of the moment, By Far, was among the most popular (31% increase in searches), with a great collection of square-toed shoes and sandals in every color you could imagine.

MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela
Clear Flared-Heel Boot

£460

Mansur Gavriel
Suede 40MM Mules

£400

Louis Vuitton
Archlight

From £655

Castaner
Carina Canvas

£80

Balenciaga
Logo-print Leather Slides

£435

Valentino
Torchon Satin Rope Wraparound

£405

Dior
J'adior Leather Slingback

£709

By Far
Tanya

£285

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