Shopping for shoes is an experience that everyone loves to indulge in, be it a peppy teenager, a busy career woman or even a middle-aged man in his 50’s. But choosing from a gazillion styles and colors can be a little bewildering.   

– By Harkirat Singh, Managing Director, Woodland

The key to elevating your style quotient is to be updated with the right shoe trends that run the vogue as footwear can play a huge part in how an entire outfit ultimately comes off. Wearing the wrong sandals with the perfect summer dress can actually be a deal breaker. So, the whole character of an ensemble can be solidified or tarnished thanks to whatever footwear one is wearing. Shopping for shoes is an experience that everyone loves to indulge in, be it a peppy teenager, a busy career woman or even a middle-aged man in his 50’s. But choosing from a gazillion styles and colors can be a little bewildering. So to make your decision easier, here is our curation of the hottest casual footwear trends for both men and women that have ruled the runways of Milan, Paris and New York this year.

From clear PVC shoes to chic strappy sandals, there have been a lot of casual styles that have gained popularity owing to the importance given to the ‘comfort factor’ by many celebrity and fashion stylists these days. The comfy and casual slide sandals made with rubber and mink is spotted on many celebrities for their airport and after-gym relaxed looks. These modish sandals are just perfect when you want to show off those pretty manicured toes and can be sported for various occasions like a trip to the mall, a movie date or even when you have friends over for brunch.

It goes without saying that the evergreen sneakers will always stand out and will remain timeless and iconic today and every day. Being one of the easiest shoes to style with a summer dress or with a pair of yoga pants, this trend is undoubtedly here to stay.

Another trend to look out for is the platform sandals. This gorgeous style looks absolutely stunning in any form of footwear like rubber slippers, strappy sandals or even trainers. This can be just the right trend for short people who can make a fashion statement at any casual event without wearing the formal heeled shoes.

An exquisite yet comfortable and relaxed look is what men are targeting to flaunt these days and coming to their casual footwear trends, it can be said that it all has been about the patterns and colors of these regular, casual moccasins, boat shoes, trainers and sneakers that have been given the fashion spotlight in the latest collections of all design houses. Nowadays, comfortable men’s shoes are being made more versatile so that they add to a lot of purposes.

The durable chukkas that feature a minimalist design go well with any informal outfit and should definitely be an essential piece in your closet. A pair of penny loafers is also a must for all fashion enthusiast men as its simple, effortless style creates immense versatility making them wearable for any informal or formal occasion.

However, the trick to pull of different colored shoes or shoes with novel, intricate and exciting patterns as they have emerged as a breath of fresh air in the monotonous category of men’s shoes.

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