8 Flat-Shoe Trends to Look Out for in 2019

Allyson Payer

As you know, there's no need to wear heels to look cool and on trend. In fact, some of the chicest women in the world never wear heels. So to give your feet a well-deserved rest, we looked at the biggest 2019 shoe trends through the lens of flats. Some of the most significant flat shoe trends of 2019 are revived classics (e.g., Mary Janes and ballet flats) while others are brand spanking new and still others are somewhat controversial. Whatever your poison, with this roundup, it's clear that you can easily get away with only wearing flats for the foreseeable future. 

Below, we've rounded up eight flat shoe trends that are trending on Instagram and on the market. Keep scrolling to get to know them, and shop the best high-end and low-cost versions of each. With spring on the horizon, there's no time like the present to shed your heels.

Square Toes

Square-toed shoes began trending last spring, but the trend has officially blown up. Take it from us—it's the easiest way to make your entire outfit look cooler.

Staud Gina Mules ($250)

Everlane The Square Toe Slingbacks ($165)

Mary Janes

You could say that Chanel and Alexa Chung are responsible for the return of Mary Janes. We love the dose of cool sweetness they bring to any look. 

Tabitha Simmons Hermione Crystal Mary Jane Flats ($547)

Vibi Venezia 10 MM Velvet Mary Jane Flats ($102)

Sporty Sandals

You probably never thought you'd actually want to wear these "touristy" sandals, but get used to it—this trend is going to be around for awhile. 

Nanushka Yola Vegan Leather Sandals ($375)

Teva Hurricane Drift Sandals ($40)

Cow Print

Have you heard that cow print is the new leopard print? Now you have! This trend works on any type of shoe.

By Far Este Cow-Print Boots ($520)

Mango Cow Leather Mules ($100)


The tonal beige trend that's swept the fashion world obviously includes footwear too. This trend is a classic, so it's definitely investment-worthy.

Gucci Gucci Jordaan GG Canvas Loafers ($695)

Veja V-12 Sneakers ($140)

Ballet Flats

Ballet flats once were tired, but they feel new again, especially when they can be monogrammed (like the Mansur Gavriel version) or have a forward feature, like a square toe.

Mansur Gavriel Suede Ballerina Flats ($195)

Jeffrey Campbell Achira Square Toe Flats ($100)


Just in time for spring, seashells are adorning everything from hair accessories to shoes as of late. Less is more with this trend, though, so maybe stick to one item at a time.

Leandra Medine Square Toe Flats ($450)

Zara Frayed Edge Seashell Mules ($60)

Flip Flops

Flip flops surprisingly became a thing late summer 2018 and sure enough, they're back to stake their claim in 2019.

Staud Rio Leather Sandals ($225)

Jeffrey Campbell Malio Flip Flops ($50)

Next up, find out exactly which spring 2019 trends to buy before it's too late.

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