The 3 Shoes a Stylist Wants You to Retire Before Spring

Anna LaPlaca
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Yes, I'm aware that this winter seems never-ending, but hear me out. While the winter drones on, I'll be prepping my closet ahead of time so I'm ready to break out my freshest pieces at the first signs of spring. Which brings me to another topic I'm always game to discuss: shoes. If you looked at the current state of my shoe rack, boots and other wintery staples would fill your view, but it's about time I do some spring-cleaning.

To get some intel on which pairs to ditch and the spring shoe trends I should replace them with, I reached out to celebrity stylist Andrew Gelwicks. He shared three shoe styles, in particular, he wishes you'd just ditch already—consider these the heels, boots, and flats that need to go. "All of these trends have been played out," he noted, "and it's time to bring in new ideas." We couldn't agree more, which is why we're jumping the gun with spring trends to ensure you're as prepped as possible going into next season.

Keep reading to find out the outdated styles Gelwick's recommends tossing; then shop the new spring shoe trends that will take their place.

DITCH: Sock boots

WEAR INSTEAD: Boots with a tall skinny heel

"Instead of sock boots, go for a leather or suede boot with a tall, skinny heel. It has the same narrowing effect, but is so much sexier and chicer. Sergio Rossi has a great tall suede boot option I love. It can be easily paired with whatever you're trying to rock."

Shop skinny-heel boots:

By Far Gwen Leather Knee Boots ($785)

A.W.A.K.E. Mode Chelsea Croc-Effect Leather Ankle Boots ($835)

Porte & Paire Chain-Embellished Leather Ankle Boots ($375)

H&M Pointed Boots ($70)

Wandler Lina Leather Ankle Boots ($800)

Gianvito Rossi 85 Leather Knee Boots ($1595)

DITCH: "Dad" sneakers as everyday shoes

WEAR INSTEAD: Chic loafers

"I would love to say goodbye to massively chunky sneakers that are used as everyday shoes. If you want to do more casual flats, instead of choosing sneakers, opt for nice loafers. They're classic, sleek, and still keep you comfortable."

Shop loafers:

Proenza Schouler Leather Loafers ($825)

Sam Edelman Loraine Loafers ($130)

& Other Stories Leather Penny Loafers ($129)

Ganni Jewel Loafers ($375)

Dr. Martens Adrian Tassel Loafers ($130)

Christian Louboutin Mocalaureat Printed Leather Loafers ($695)

DITCH: Sock underneath heels

WEAR INSTEAD: Jewelry-like ankle bracelets

"Ditch the socks under the heels, and play around with jewelry for the feet—anklets, toe rings, etc. Jennifer Fisher makes some of my favorite jewelry and their anklets are just as good. I love their chain link ones—they are dainty but still have a bit of edge to them."

Shop shoes with jewelry-like embellishment:

By Far Nick Chain Anklet Loafers ($578)

Shop ankle bracelets:

Bottega Veneta Chain-Embellished MacRam and Leather Pumps ($970)

Porte & Paire Chain-Embellished Leather Ballet Flats ($260)

Jimmy Choo Sae 90 Chain-Embellished Leather Slingback Sandals ($975)

Amina Muaddi Henson Chain-Embellished Leather Sandals ($1020)

Stella McCartney Ballerina Anklet Flats ($715)

Next, the heel trends a podiatrist loves and loathes.

This post was originally published on an earlier date and has since been updated.

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