We never thought we would see the day when ’90s-inspired clear shoes hit the runways and the retail stores. No one could have predicted the previous shocking returns of the turtleneck or even the fanny pack, let alone footwear reminiscent of the formerly popular jelly shoes. Nicknamed the “naked shoe,” this trend makes the perfect summer shoe, whether in sandal or heel form. There’s no better season to pull off footwear that looks almost invisible for warm barbecues or picnics in the park. Plus, you won’t have to worry about matching your shoes to your outfit! But, pro tip: you might want to avoid these on terribly hot days in case your foot sweat starts to appear through your shoes.
You might think that these transparent shoes run pretty cheap, considering they’re mostly made of plastic, but some pairs add up to hundreds of dollars. To help make your hunt easier, we rounded up six pairs under $60 to add to your summer shoe collection.
Regular lace-up gladiators are so yesterday. Everyone and their mother has a pair of these in gold, black, brown—you name it. But have you ever seen anyone strutting their stuff in clear gladiators? We think not. Step out ahead of the crowd in these super affordable and recyclable clear shoes.
Again, everyone has a classic pair of mules, so take yours to the next level with a transparent version. You’ll most likely never find Jeffrey Campbell shoes at a price this low, so pounce on the opportunity. These clear shoes work perfectly with any outfit combo, whether jeans or a dress. Just make sure your toes are painted—your feet will be the center of everyone’s attention.
Steve Madden always has us covered in terms of cheap, trendy footwear, and the clear shoe phenomenon has proved no exception. For a twist on simple ballet flats or slides, take these shoes out for a spin. Choose between a black or nude sole for the ideal modern workwear shoe.
Steal the show wherever you go with this sleek, summer-y take on slip-ons and pointed loafers. A metallic foot bed adds a touch of glam to make these shoes less bland. Paired with black or white jeans, these will acclimate any outfit and make you a style force to be reckoned with.
Your classic nude heels just got majorly revamped. Make an entrance at your next wedding or party with these subtly cool kicks strapped around your feet. Try to steer clear of grass or mud to avoid ruining the wow value of your pristine clear heels.
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Toss your everyday summer sandals to make room for this metallic naked shoe. Sandals with large straps can overwhelm small feet, so wear this pair to get the comfort and support of sandals minus the chunky-looking straps.
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