The Cool Girl Guide to Trendy Shoes for Spring and Summer

At any given time, it feels like there are a plethora of fashion trends circulating. While it can be challenging to keep up with all of them, I want to highlight the trends you shouldn’t miss this season – specifically in footwear. Unlike clothing, shoes can be worn repeatedly and styled in various ways, making them a valuable investment that will add endless style points to your preexisting wardrobe. After analyzing the runways and scouring Pinterest and social media, I’ve identified three cool girl-approved shoe styles that are absolute must-haves for spring and summer. Ahead, I’ll be sharing each, along with how to style these trendy shoes and where to grab a pair for your own collection.

2024 cool girl guide to trendy shoes

The Cool Girl Guide to Trendy Shoes for Spring and Summer


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Last year, we witnessed the explosive popularity of the Adidas Samba sneaker, and there are no signs of this trend slowing down. However, this style has paved the way for other casual sneakers that are equally as stylish and versatile as the coveted Samba (which, by the way, are still tricky to find in stock). For alternatives, try the Tory Burch Court sneakers or the Nike Cortez for the same laid back, yet chic vibe.

How to Style

The beauty of these sneakers is that they have more versatility to them than a running shoe, for example. You can easily dress them up just as you can dress them down. Rock them with business causal outfits like an oversized blazer and a pair of baggy jeans. Or style them with a crop top and maxi skirt.

Ballerina Flats

In addition to sneakers, ballerina flats are another style of trendy shoes that cool girls cannot seem to get enough of. I can speak from experience when I say that I have worn my pair of flats with a wide variety of ensembles. While I do think everyone could use a pair of minimal black leather flats within their arsenal, don’t be afraid to breach out into other styles like mesh or studded ballerina flats.

How to Style

The limit doesn’t exist when it comes to styling these trendy shoes. Styling ballerina flats for spring and summer is as effortless as it gets. Pair them with a flowy sundress for a feminine look, or dress them down with denim shorts and a crisp white tee for a more casual vibe.

Kitten Heels

The final piece of the trendy shoes trifecta is most definitely the kitten heel. It’s perfect for those who are looking to elevate their outfit without having to sacrifice comfort. There is a ton of versatility within the kitten heel space, too. From more polished and prim styles, look to slingbacks or other minimal styles.

How to Style

No matter what, kitten heels are guaranteed to add a touch of sophistication to your outfits. Their low height makes them comfortable for all-day wear, perfect for exploring during the warmer months. Personally, my favorite way to wear kitten heels is by going for the old money aesthetic. Think tailored jackets and pencil skirts. You can even layer interesting socks with your heels for added interest.


Which of these trendy shoes is your favorite?
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