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Top 3 Women’s Casual Shoe Trends for 2021

Casual wear has become the epicenter of women’s fashion. Whether it’s the rise in working for home or just the natural evolution of trends, more and more people are trading formal wear for comfort. These days, it’s all about looking effortlessly chic.

The right pair of shoes can make your favorite loungewear look like a coordinated outfit. You’ve probably noticed that retro-inspired style is all the rage, and are maybe wondering which trendy shoes are good for casual wear. To help you choose the perfect new additions to your closet, here are the top trends in women’s casual shoes and examples of each.

  1. Versatile and Sporty

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The phrase “fashion over function” has officially been altered to “fashion and function.” A lot of women are looking for a shoe they can wear for multiple occasions. Below are some of the top-selling and highest-rated sneakers that are build for both fashion and performance. 

Nike Court Legacy Sneaker 

The Nike Court Legacy features crisp leather with a retro Nike Swoosh and stitching. The cushion foam insole and low-cut collar support the ankle for all-day comfort. At only $60, this trendy but adaptable shoe is a no-brainer to have in your closet.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG ‘Light Fusion Red’

Paying homage to 1999’s version, the Air Jordan 4 Retro ‘White Oreo is a perfect representation of the spotlight on retro style. It merges luxurious materials with all the comfort of Nike’s athletic technology. This retro high-top sneaker incorporates a bit of flair with a flash of Tech Grey and will make you stand out on and off the court.

New Balance 574 Sneaker

The 574 design is one of New Balance’s best-selling silhouettes. This shoe is lightweight and built for all-day wear. The combination of suede with a lace-up front and mesh overlays gives it a unique blend of textures. Plus, they’re super comfortable which makes them perfect for daytime adventures. Pro tip: Reviews state that these shoes tend to run a little big, so size down a half size or so.

Nike Air Force 1 ‘07

This low-top takes on a long-time streetwear staple, the Nike Air Force 1s. Sporting updated Nike Air technology for maximum comfort and a rubber sole built for traction. With these shoes, you can rest assured you’ll look fashionable and trendy without looking like you’re trying to do so. 

 

  1. Everyday Streetwear

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Streetwear is fun because it’s essentially a mix of several different styles. These are the shoes that will match your style whether your style emulates athleisure, high fashion, pure punk, and everything in between. Below you’ll find a mix of streetwear shoes that will tie together the perfect casually trendy look.

Vans Slip Ons + Old Skool Sneaker

You truly can’t go wrong with finishing any casual outfit with a pair of Vans: Slip-on, high-top, low-top, or all of the above! The Old Skool sneaker offers just the right amount of retro skater style. They’re super affordable and come in several different styles and colors, so they’re a great option if you’re looking to try out some new colors. However, the classic black and white is definitely a must-have staple shoe.

Converse X Keith Haring Chuck Taylor All Star High Top Sneaker

This collab with Converse gives Artist Keith Haring a new kind of canvas. These shoes feature his unique, eye-catching street art onto a new canvas on iconic Converse silhouettes. Haring’s art first became popular in the 1980s, so this shoe gives a nod to both retro style and art. Because they’re on high-top Converse, they’re still super casual and fit for everyday wear, but will surely still grab people’s attention!

 

FILA FX-115 DSX Platform Sneaker

These FILAs started the chunky white sneaker trend that has been so popular over the last year or so. The modern platform sole gives this classic tennis shoe some added style. With a clean white leather design, it’s versatile enough to wear casually but can also elevate any outfit. 

Dr. Martens 2976 Quad Chelsea Boot

The Dr. Martens brand became popular thanks to their combat boots, which have some roots in grunge wear. This Chelsea boot, however, takes the classic Doc details and makes them a bit more versatile. The signature yellow stitching and tag will add a little bit of edge, while still being plain enough to wear casually. Plus, you know you’re getting high quality with this brand, so they’re worth the investment! 

Reebok Club C 85 Neon Sneaker

This shoe features supple leather on top with the signature Reebok branding highlighted in pops of color. What makes this casual shoe different from the rest is its use of neon color versus a more muted color, like most other trendy sneakers do. The pop of neon is so slight that instead of dominating the design like bright colors usually do, it actually compliments the minimalism of the white leather. It’s a great everyday option for anyone who wants to be on-trend but still stand out a bit.

 

  1. Classic But Chic Sandals

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Though sneakers and streetwear are very popular, it’s essential to have at least one or two pairs of timeless sandals in your wardrobe. This is especially important for the warmer months. Sandals are one of the most versatile shoes you can own because they’re the easiest to dress up if you decide to do so. The diverse group of sandals you’ll find below were chosen to show just how many ways you can wear them.

Birkenstock Arizona Patent Sandal 

This is a trendy twist on the classic two-strap Arizona sandal from Birkenstock. Birkenstocks are well-known for having soles that mold to your feet for premium comfort. Upgraded in shiny Birko-Flor®, which is an easy-to-clean, layer of patent leather, these shoes are perfect for everyday wear and comfort. 

Vagabond Shoemakers Essy Sandal 

Boost any laidback look with the Essy Sport Sandal from Vagabond. Its strappy crisscrossed straps provide the foot a flattering frame, while a thick sole adds height without sacrificing comfort. This shoe is well worth the investment as it is a shoe you can wear all summer long, for several summers to come.

 

Steve Madden Elda Heeled Mule Sandal 

These shoes combine the stylish mule shape with a super trendy wooden block heel. You can dress them up or down and feel effortlessly chic doing so. The height of the heel is 3.5 inches, which is the perfect boost to your posture but still low enough to be comfortable.

Adidas Originals Adilette Slide Sandal

These sporty slides are fitted with a comfortable, molded footbed designed specifically for long-term wear. The embossed Adidas logo on the side is what gives this casual shoe a slightly athletic vibe. This is the perfect casual shoe to throw on when running quick errands or going out for the day. 

In Conclusion


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Keeping up with trends is a great way to expand your wardrobe and ensure you feel confident in what you wear. It’s important to remember to have fun with these trends and make them your own. Luckily, women’s casual shoe trends are centered around comfort, versatility, and quality, which gives them a long-term advantage in comparison to past trends. Don’t be afraid to invest in a pair you love!

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