This season has featured the surprise return to the runway of a variety of shoes from the past. From cowboy boots, clogs and mules to espadrilles, slides and ‘70s-inspired platforms, who thought they’d all make a comeback at once? But we’re not necessarily suggesting that you run out and buy a pair of each; after all, most trends come and go within a few months. So here are our top three most wearable choices for the long haul.


Whether you’re in towering heels or flat sandals, add some laces and you’ll be ready to rock the catwalk. From Balmain lace-up booties to Chloe’s multicolored block heels, Aquazzura’s fringed stilettos to Steve Madden tie-up espadrille platforms, there really is a lace-up look out there for everybody. Tie around the ankle or wrap them around your leg; strappy styles and gladiator designs look great in just about any form. You can expect these beauties to stick about through next summer too; after all they are gorgeous!

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This historic shoe, characterized by its open-heel design, has been worn since the days of ancient Rome, but is most commonly remembered as the Scandinavian clog popularized in the 1980s. This season the shoe has experienced a major comeback on the catwalk with endorsements from Louboutin, Gucci and Marni. The mule and slide (its open-toed sandal sister) are updated for summer 2016 with soft suede, metallic leathers, laser cuts and Perspex heels. Whether you opt for a comfortable slide for daywear or a heeled mule for evening — look out for the metallic cross-strap design Gucci is repping — you’ll be thrilled with being comfortable and on trend!

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Platforms are back in a big way, though you won’t suddenly start seeing men rocking bellbottoms, butterfly collars and platforms — except, perhaps, in Vegas. Last summer the flatform shoe was all the rage and this year heels are having their moment too. Platforms reigned supreme on the summer runways with an “anything goes” mantra: Miu Miu, Versace, Dries Van Noten and Gucci took the trend to new heights with bold prints and colors, strappy details, pom-poms and even glitter. As precarious as platforms may be, they’re sure to add a trendy retro twist to mini dresses, along a playful spin on your trouser and crop-top look this summer.

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As with all trends, find one that works well with your style and your wardrobe. If you prefer to make bold statements, then a bright platform shoe should be right up your alley. If your style is more reserved and classic, then any of the above in nude tones, or with simple details, will keep you from wandering too far out of your comfort zone. Remember to always shop your favorite online stores through to get Cash Back on all your fashion pieces!

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