Your Feet Are Gonna Get Really Freakin' Fancy This Year

Update: This post was originally published on December 16, 2016.

You always hear about having to start a new year on the right foot, but have you ever stopped to think about what's actually going to be on said feet come 2017? Sure, you could continue wearing the white sneakers and black ankle boots that have quite literally carried you through the mess of 2016. Or, you could step things up in the new year and give your footwear game a little more street cred.

While the rest of the future may be uncertain (you know, with the current state of the world and all) one thing is for sure: Amazing shoes are definitely a part of it. If there's anything to look forward to, it's the next-level embellishments, bright-white boots, and other quirky-cool shoe trends that are sure to pick up speed come January. You owe it to yourself to revamp your collection and start the year off right. Click on for the six styles we can't wait to get our hands — erm, feet — on.
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Fancy-Schmancy Platforms
Everything's going to new heights in 2017, including your platforms. They're higher and more in-your-face than ever, with rainbow straps, sparkles, and bold prints that can't be missed as you're stride on by.

MR By ManRepeller Lol If You Think I'm Walking Metallic Leather Platform Sandals, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Mango Printed Platform Sandals, available at Mango.
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Topshop Lace Embroidered Platform Heels, available at Topshop.
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Mid-Height Boots
Higher than an ankle boot but not quite at one's knees, this new style is gaining traction on the bootie scene. Plus, it looks great with cropped pants, miniskirts, and, well, just about anything.

Zara Stretch Leather Ankle Boots, available at Zara.
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Joan Of Arctic Wedge Mid Boot, available at SOREL.
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H&M Glittery Ankle Boots, available at H&M.
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Kitten Heels
Meet the next iteration of the grandma-heel. We're going full-on old-school with itty-bitty kitten heels, but they're anything but stale. Architectural decals, bold hues, and fun add-ons, like cherries and metallic touches, make the silhouette feel more modern than ever.

Gucci Leather Cherry Pumps, available at Gucci.
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Eloquii Carina Sling Back Kitten Heel, available at Eloquii.
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Marni Point-toe Kitten-heel Leather pumps, available at MatchesFashion.
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3-D Embellishments
Talk about a feast for the eyes! Designers are piling on the three-dimensional embellishments, from beads and gems to sequins, for works of art that demand a double-take (but that you can actually wear, too).

Anouki Black Embroidered Derby Shoes, available at Avenue32.
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ASOS Saloon Embellished Heels, available at ASOS.
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Miu Miu Women's Black Velvet-trimmed Crystal-embellished Mesh Sneakers, available at Lyst.
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Pretty Pastels
On the more subdued side, we're seeing a lot of Instagram-worthy pastels that pair well with your favourite mum jeans and graphic T-shirts. These everyday styles are practical yet oh-so-pretty, and they'll be a go-to for the new year, regardless of the season.

Opening Ceremony Slip-on Sneakers, available at Opening Ceremony.
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Robert Clergerie Gigy Mules, available at Farfetch.
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Mansur Gavriel Suede Venetian Loafer, available at Mansur Gavriel.
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Bright-White Boots
Black booties may be the star of the show, but next year, bright white options are giving them a run for their money. Though we're already starting to see these bad boys on street style stars everywhere, we're betting their momentum is just going to pick up in the months to come — just be careful where you step!

Balenciaga "Broken Heel" Patent Leather Ankle Boots, available at Barneys New York.
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Pierre Hardy Illusion Panelled Leather Ankle Boots, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Camper Ekhaus Latta Boot, available at Camper.

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