The Slingback is Fall’s Shoe of 2023


| LAST UPDATE 10/03/2023

By Amelia Taylor
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Step into fall with the chicest slingbacks of the season. From Saint Laurent's sky-high stilettos with gold buckles to Gucci's kitten heels paired with bold stockings, top designers are making it clear: slingbacks are the must-have shoe of 2023. Sneakers with jeans or a mini skirt feel too dated for us, but high stilettos make us feel like we're aging ourselves. Instead, grab a pair of kitten slingbacks, either simple or decorated, and it will instantly spice up any simple outfit with a spruce of effortless style.

Slingbacks are everywhere this season, from Instagram influencers to celebrity red carpets to New York and Paris Fashion Week. With their dainty straps and feminine silhouette, slingbacks are the perfect way to add a touch of glamour to any outfit. On top of that, it's not just round slingbacks that have our attention. Sharpened shoes are the must-have footwear for fall. Models at fashion shows strutted down the runway in sky-high stilettos, kitten-heel slingbacks, and flats, all with pointed toes. Hailey Bieber took a break from runway shows to launch her new skincare line in Paris. She entered the event wearing stunning brown Saint Laurent pointed slingback heels. Hailey unlocked the magical winning combination of slingbacks, sheer tights, and a mini dress to bring fashion to Paris off the runway.

Hailey Bieber Slingback Heels
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Slingbacks are not just a fashion statement but also a siren song. When you walk in slingbacks, they make a sharp snapping sound, like a saucy slap on the cheek. The only sensation we can liken it to is ankle bells. Slingbacks don't have the forceful stride of a stiletto or the clumsy clunk of a flip-flop. Their sound is playful, flirtatious, and always there. And what is more powerful than the slow pitter-patter of your shoes inching closer to a room of people anxiously awaiting your effervescent presence? 

In recent celebrity outfits that have featured stunning slingback shoes, Selena Gomez left absolutely nothing on the floor with her black kitten slingbacks at Paris Fashion Week. The Single Soon singer embodies chic style with a slightly square toe, a small three-inch heel, and a golden ankle strap that accents her foot's shape.

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