There’s a fair share of shoe trends making the rounds this summer, from barely-there strappy heels to dad-style sporty sandals. But one of the most noteworthy breakout trends of recent spring/summer runways is the almost-naked, minimalist translucent shoe. From Kim Kardashian’s infamous transparent Yeezy heels sported back in 2016 to Chanel’s PVC boots which first made an appearance in 2018, the fashion landscape has seen a myriad of designers including Balmain, Prada and Louboutin all releasing their own iterations of the trend.
The controversial runway trend has trickled into mainstream and high street stores thanks to it becoming celebrity-approved, with stars such as Rihanna, Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid all making recent appearances in PVC shoes. Wonderfully wearable and versatile thanks to their lack of color, which makes styling them as easy as can be, there’s an iteration of the look in every form to work with every sartorial need — from wedges to kitten heels, flats and slides, bare all with our pick of the most covetable see-through shoes.
- PVC Wedge Sandals
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Wedge Sandals, available at Shopbop, $478, shop now
The easiest, most versatile way to sport a transparent shoe: a wedge. Subtle enough to work well with the trusty jeans and a nice top look, but the iridescent finish makes them chic enough to pair with sundresses for a dressier look.
- Barely-There Heels
Public Desire Drank clear pumps, available at ASOS, $49, shop now
Transparent heels work well with all kinds of evening wear, from cocktail dresses to ballgowns. These super-high, almost-naked heels might just be worth the rubbing and blistering.
- Elevated Sliders
Sophia Webster Crystal Sliders, available at Browns, $197, shop now
Sliders are the perfect option if comfort over style is your motto, but with these Sophia Webster sliders you get the best of both worlds. The transparent vinyl strap fetures multicolored crystal embellishment, perfect for slipping your freshly-manicured feet into on a beach holiday.
- 90s Jelly Shoes
Glamorous Jelly Shoes, available at ASOS, $23, shop now
These open-toe translucent sandals will transport you back to your favourite pair of 90s jelly shoes.
- Transparent Ankle Boots
Stella McCartney ankle boots, available at Modes, $549, shop now
Seeming to take inspiration from the original Chanel PVC toe-capped boots, ethical designer Stella McCartney offers the perfect transparent ankle stiletto heel for your next night out.
- Lilac Clear Espadrilles
ASOS Design espadrilles, available at ASOS, $45, shop now
Espadrilles are the dreamiest of summer shoes. We’re loving the whimsical lilac colour of the transculent strap on these affordable ASOS mules.
- Clear Kitten Heels
UO Clear Kitten Heel, available at Urban Outffiters, $49, shop now
If super-high heels aren’t your thing, these summery kitten heels just might be. With a fresh and fruity citrus print and clear mule strap, they look as comfortable as they do cool.
- Effortless Flats
Dr Scholl’s Sandals, available at Urban Outfitters, $78, shop now
These almost-flat sandals add a simple, effortless and fresh finishing touch to any summer look.
Whatever style you choose, the A-list-approved trend doesn’t appear to be going anywhere in 2019 – even Beyoncé is wearing them. With so many enviable see-through styles to choose from, it’s a trend we can all get on board with this summer.
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