When it comes to footwear, I’m somewhat of a hoarder. For real, there are boxes of boots, sandals, mules, and clogs all over my tiny NYC apartment, littering every free inch of space. For months, I’ve just lived with it, but lately, it’s started to become a problem. Because of that, I’ve tasked myself with breaking my bad habit of holding on to dated or damaged shoes just for the sake of it and am finally doing the clean-out that should have happened years ago. But before I toss out a single pair, I have to decide which ones aren’t making the cut.
Starting with summer, I went through every shoe trend from the last few years—think platform flip-flops, strappy sandals, and lug-sole loafers—and marked them “in” or “out” while simultaneously thinking about the new styles worth adding to my collection. The result? The list below details all of the 2022 summer shoe trends you (and I) can safely wave goodbye to as well as the ones you should either keep or shop. Hopefully, it’ll help you clean up your overflowing collection as much as it did mine.