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Not gonna lie: Heels are the ultimate power shoe. If you can master walking in heels, you can master just about anything. Suffering arch pain in the name of fashion is no easy feat, but can be well worth it. And whether you’re already a huge fan of heels or typically stay away, the summer 2020 high heels trends are here to help anyone understand why they’re such an integral part of fashion history. Love them or hate them, there’s no denying high heels in all forms are the quintessential summer (or anytime, really) shoe.
While the shoes I typically done all summer long may be slide sandals (so comfy, OK?!), but occasionally I do like to don some heels and pretend I have my life together. When I’m not wearing heels, though, you can find me in bed sifting through online seasonal sales. To inspire myself (and you!) to switch it up in the shoe department for this summer, I’ve been staring at all the summer 2020 heels trends—and I have to say, it’s kind of working.
My biggest problem with wearing heels is that I never wear them at the right time. You can ask any of my friends—I’m always wearing the wrong shoes for any occasion. I wear cool sneakers to events where I end up sitting the whole time and less functional (but cute!!) shoes when I have to walk what feels like millions of miles. If I have a coffee date with a friend, I’ll usually slip on my dad sneakers—but no longer. I’m using these summer heels trends as an excuse to wear heels more—especially when I know I won’t have to walk a lot, because blisters are a very real thing in my life.
1. Kitten Heels
For when you just want a tiny bit of height, kitten heels are here to save your summer 2020 wardrobe woes. From slingbacks to kitten-heeled sandals, this summer 2020 trend is sure to amp up any outfit you have planned for the warm months ahead.
Get your summer color fix with these Villa Rouge kitten heels. They’ll look oh-so adorable with everything from a white sundress to jeans and a crop top.
You can also stick with a classic black kitten heel if you’d prefer. I love all the fun straps with which these Villa Rouge heeled sandals are adorned.
Make me tall, please! As someone who’s 5’3″ and also isn’t great at walking in heels, the 2020 platform shoe trend is a dream come true. Plus, there are so many ways you’ll see this trend created—from maximalist and jewel-adorned ones above or minimalist platforms sure to go with every outfit.
Summer calls for a white heel, so go big with a platform sandal—like this pair from See by Chloe. You’re sure to reach new heights (literally).
Or, stay neutral with a clog platform heel in tan. This pair from Swedish Hasbeens is a fun combination of clog, Mary Jane and classic platform heel styles.
3. Mary Janes
These aren’t your grandma’s Mary Janes, y’all. Add a little bit of good-girl charm to any outfit with this summer heel trend. Whether they’re paired with your favorite floral dress or white skinny jeans, you can’t go wrong with a classic style like Mary Janes.
These black Mary Jane heels are anything but average. They have a classic style, but a bit of an edgy detail perfect for street style looks.
Punk meets feminine with these Koi Footwear Mary Jane heels. The pink is perfect for summer, and the platform heels are sure to help keep you comfy AF, too.
4. Square Toe
The 2020 fashion trends are all about keeping things both symmetrical and asymmetrical. A square toed shoe is the perfect melding of the two. It’s interesting enough to stand out amongst other styles, but doesn’t take away from an ensemble—unless you want it to, of course.
Stay pretty in pink all summer long with these Jaggar leather square-toe heels. They’ll slide on easily, so you don’t have to worry if you’re in a rush.
Someone please get me these Vince square-toe slide sandals. I’m in love with the buttery neutral, the embossed snake print and the effortlessly cool vibes.
5. Strappy Heels
Strap me down, baby. Straps are all the rage this season, and summer 2020 will be full of strappy sandals and strappy heels. Whether it’s straps that go all the way up your leg or three simple straps on the shoe, this trend is going to pop up everywhere this summer.
Strap yourself all the way up with these super-strappy Senso sandals. The neutral color is perfect for pairing with all summer looks, but the straps make a major statement.
Of course, I’m partial to these pink Jeffrey Campbell heeled sandals. The flared heel and strappy details are a summery dream.
6. Heeled Boots
You may think boots are just for fall and winter, but you’d be mistaken. Heeled boots are trending for summer 2020, so go ahead and get your skinny jeans and mini skirts ready. The higher, the better, so expect to see quite a few knee-high and over-the-knee styles this coming season.
Snake print looks good in any season—even summer. Take a risk this season and try a tall snake print boot paired with your favorite LBD for a cool going out look.
If you can’t totally get on board with a tall boot for summer, try these light blue mid-calf boots from Free People. They’re a mix between a tall boot and a bootie—and the color is gorgeous for the season.
Oof, I love a good loafer, so seeing the new 2020 loafer trends make an appearance during fashion month was a treat. This summer, expect your favorite loafers to show up, but with sartorially intriguing twists (like buckles where you’d least expect them or patterns you’d never imagine).
More snake print heels? Yessir! These loafers are seriously dreamy, and I’m definitely adding them to my wishlist right freakin’ now.
If animal print isn’t really your thing, you can always opt for a classic black heeled loafer. From the office to drinks with your BFFs, these might just be the ideal closed-toe summer shoe.
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