Let me paint the picture for you. It’s your moment—maybe you’re finally tying the knot, on your dream vacation, or just out on the dance floor living your best life. Now that you can see the fantasy, what are you wearing at that moment? With the prospect of a more “normal” summer, that question holds more weight than before. For the first time in two years, travel restrictions have been lifted, the world has slowly begun to manage COVID-19, and the prospect of being able to get all gussied up again is within our grasp. With that new freedom comes the ability to fantasize about fashion again—we can dream about what to wear to a special occasion or new ways to play with makeup. There’s so much to be excited about, but I’m most looking forward to slipping into a pair of heels once again, and I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.
In fact, what began as a form of revenge dressing to make up for all that lost time found its true footing in footwear trends. Yes, we’ve all seen the buzz around other risqué trends (e.g., miniskirts and cutouts), and we’ve even had cultural conversations around embracing fashion aesthics that do the most (ahem, villain-era dressing), but no other trends have caught the full attention of the fashion set like footwear. From the rise of idyllic princess-inspired shoes to the proliferation of risqué sky-high platform sandals and overtly romantic Barbie heels, we’re basically all living in Carrie Bradshaw’s wildest fantasy. Considering the climate, it was only a matter of time before another shoe trend manifested itself, and the newest one happens to be glass heels.
If you’re wondering what exactly this style is, don’t fret. Ahead, I’m breaking down what they are, how to wear them, and why I’m betting they’ll be big this summer. I’ve also rounded up the 31 best glass heels to shop right now. Warning: These glass heels may pierce your heart.