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If you were to do a quick scroll through social media, street style shots, and runway stills, you could undoubtedly conclude that minimalism is having a moment. For some, this era in fashion is a welcome change, as the constant pressure to keep up with what’s “trending” can be unsustainable emotionally, financially, and for the planet. But that doesn’t mean the movement toward utilitarism has eradicated all maximalist trends. In fact, in almost direct opposition to the cultural push to embrace a curated capsule wardrobe, we’ve seen one anti-minimal accessory trend dominate the zeitgeist: maximalist shoes.
For the dialed-in fashion crowd, it’s no surprise that over-the-top footwear has gone viral as the quiet-luxury movement has taken off. It may seem like an oxymoron, but the most stylish people know fashion is all about balance—it’s the ability to mix high and low, blend minimalism and maximalism, and pair staples with statement items. Yes, it’s imperative to curate an arsenal of basics, but it’s also vital to have styling tricks to keep said items from feeling stale. Shoes happen to be the easiest solution to styling qualms.
Despite the larger cultural push toward pragmatism, it’s no wonder we’ve seen flamboyant footwear dominate spring/summer 2024 and fall/winter 2023 collections. These larger-than-life styles offer a bit of noise in an otherwise quiet time. For some, this trend is music to their ears, but if you’re not sold on this tune just yet, you’ll want to keep reading. We’ve identified the four biggest fall shoe trends that walk on the more eclectic side. Plus, we shopped out the 32 best maximalist shoes at every price point. Whether you identify as a maximalist to your core or are just curious about how to have more fun with your fall staples, there’s something ahead for everyone.