Square-toe shoes: Where to buy the biggest footwear trend of 2019

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Square-toe have officially got the fashion seal of approval. Here’s how the to wear the coolest shape this season and beyond. 

Barely-there sandals, pointed court shoes and ugly dad trainers have dominated the footwear market for the past year, but there is a new shape on the horizon: the square-toe shoe.

Previously known for being clumpy, garish and unfashionable, the square-toe shoe has come full circle and is now the epitome of cool-girl style.

The square toe rediscovered its popularity in February at Milan Fashion Week - where Italian heritage brand, Bottega Veneta, debuted a new direction under the chic vision of Daniel Lee

The collection included leather dumpling-like bags (these have become something of an Instagram sensation since), chic separates that harked back to the golden-era of Old Celine and the most lust-worthy square-toed shoes that quite literally sent influencers and insiders into a spin.

But it’s not just the luxury end of fashion that is catering to the trend, the summer has seen our favourite barely-there sandals take on this new shape, and the square toe is not slowing down for the autumn season on the horizon with high end and high street iterations. 

There are even contemporary accessories brands like Neous, Dorateymur and ByFar - that are focussing on square-toe shoes so chic, you will wonder how ever got dressed without them.

Speaking of getting dressed, for those still not sold on the square-toe front. We’ve drawn up three easy styling tips for this season and beyond: 

1. These easiest entry into the trend is via a square-toe barely there sandal. Wear with your favourite chuck on dress for quick chic points. 

2. A square-toe mule looks its best with frayed denim and easy separates or a silk satin skirt with a throw on top. Laid back is the aim of the game for this look. 

3. For those wanting to try something bolder, it’s the square-toe boot. Best worn with fitted boot-cut denim for a retro take on a classic look. 

Add an instant edge to your wardrobe now with Stylist’s favourite square-toe shoes to buy now. 

  • Bottega Veneta square-toe white mule

    Bottega Veneta square-toe white mule

    The OG sqaure-toe, comes via Bottega Veneta. Be prepared to see a lot more of these mules and the woven version come fashion week. 

    White leather mule, £450, Bottega Veneta 

  • Zara barely-there square-toe sandals

    Zara barely-there square-toe sandals

    Two trends in one. Make these your go-to for summer occasion and well into the part season come the winter. 

    Strappy square-toe sandals, £69.99, Zara 

  • Wandler open-toe mules

    Wandler open-toe mules

    Cult accessories brand Wandler, is amping up the square-toe offering with these eye-catching green open-toe mules. Dress up a trouser suit for a new take on workwear. 

    Green mules, £330, Wandler 

  • Office square-toe pumps

    Office square-toe pumps

    Put the trainers back into the box and embrace all that is good with these square-toe beige pumps. Your weekend denim will be elevated in no time. 

    Beige ballet pumps, £49, Office 

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