This season, a trend from the past has once again reared its familiar head on the runways: the square-toed shoe. Popularised in the ‘90s when it made its big debut in one of Tom Ford’s Gucci shows, the square-toed shoe enjoyed a bit of buzz due to their comfort and interesting geometric appeal. The average human foot is more squared-off than rounded or pointed, and this particular style gives the feet ample room to breathe. It’s not without controversy, however, as some have touted the trend as unflattering and even downright hideous.
Nevertheless, the square-toed shoe is back and here to stay for the meantime, running the gamut from high fashion to high street, as seen at Balenciaga with an update on the classic black ankle boots, and Topshop with different versions of the style in pump or sandal form. After the past season’s obsession with pointy-toed heels, we think our toes could stand to heave a sigh of relief. Here are our picks if you’d like to hop on to this trend.
Roger Vivier Belle Vivier Patent-Leather and PVC Pumps
Belle Vivier patent-leather and PVC pumps, SGD852/~USD626 (net-a-porter.com)
Roger Vivier’s iconic Belle Vivier pump, made famous by French film legend Catherine Deneuve in the 1967 movie Belle de Jour, finds its update in shiny patent leather and PVC.
Topshop Rex Lime Knot Mules
Rex lime knot mules, SGD74/~USD54 (topshop.com)
A perfect way to incorporate 2019’s neon green colour scheme into your wardrobe, these mules by Topshop will help you dip your toes into the trend.
Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Wilamiona Metal-Trimmed Leather Ankle Boots
Wilamiona metal-trimmed leather ankle boots, SGD1537/~USD1129 (net-a-porter.com)
Calvin Klein adds modern edge to the leather boot with a squared-off toe and a branded metal plaque.
Cult Gaia Jila Sandals
Jila sandals, SGD528/~USD388 (cultgaia.com)
Cult Gaia’s sandals feature a contrasting acrylic circular heel and groovy tortoiseshell detail on the straps.
Miu Miu Crystal-Embellished Patent-Leather Pumps
Miu Miu crystal-embellished patent-leather pumps, SGD1335/~USD980 (net-a-porter.com)
Miu Miu harkens back to ‘60s mod with these pink patent, block-heeled mules.
Zara Leather Sandals
Leather sandals with methacrylate geometric heel, SGD104/~USD76 (zara.com)
A minimal effort, maximum impact to try out colour-blocking, these Zara sandals will draw heads with their geometric details.