High heel sales have dropped 71 percent during lockdown as shoppers vow to never go back

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2020 is a year that will go down in history, what with a global pandemic and a nationwide lockdown changing all of our lives (and wardrobes) forever.

We have all adapted to a new way of living, and for the majority of us, this means working from home – and certainly no happy hour in the bar after work.

The lack of a painful commute and the fact we no longer can dress up and socialise over the weekend has made one thing very clear – the need for high heels is at an all time low. So much so that the sale of dress shoes including high heels went down a shocking 71% in the second quarter of 2021 – according to fashion site glossy.co.

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Comfortable footwear was already on the up before the pandemic, with athleisure and the rise of streetwear in fashion trends allowing many women to swap stilettos for the new ‘it’ trainer – and still be considered chic and stylish.

Trainer styles such as New Balance, Veja and Adidas all had a part to play in the uprising of comfort in women’s day to day style – and naturally started the decrease in heel sales.

Whilst 90s and noughties TV shows such as Sex and The City glorified the high heel as an essential in every woman’s wardrobe, modern day dressing doesn’t require a woman to wear heels to get ahead in work or be taken seriously.

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With this uprising of comfortable styles, such as trainers and chunky boots, we’ve done a round up of the best buys you can invest in right now…

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Converse, Office, £89.99 here

Converse are a staple style, and these platform versions are the latest on our wish list.

Platform boots, H&M, £29.99 here

Platform styles are going nowhere, and this nude pair are the perfect style to transition into spring.

Veja V-10 Trainers, Office, £110 here

These are the must have vegan trainers from last year, and they’re still an essential for 2021.

New Balance 530 Trainers, Schuh, £59.99 here

These trainers are everywhere at the moment, and will look amazing in the summer with a floral midi dress.

Black faux leather chunky boots, River Island, £45 here

These are the ultimate staple for winter, and we will wear them come spring with cut off denim and a band tee for an effortless look.

So what do you think, will you be ditching the heels?

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