The very idea of “cloud shoes” sounds heavenly, but they’re even better once you lay eyes on them. Puffy, padded shoes have been on the rise since last year but what was once a micro-trend has now grown into a major trend that is dominating footwear in 2021. It makes sense given the rise in comfortable yet fashion-forward pieces to wear for days booked with Zoom calls.
At the end of last year, we saw the pillow shoe trend take off, spearheaded by the launch of Louis Vuitton’s down-filled puffy ankle boots finished in with quilted nylon of the brand’s iconic monogram logo. Then there are the Yeezy 500 sneakers. While the style isn’t new—in fact, the original release dates backs to 2018—they have a renewed cult following among the fashion set who have been snapping up the pillowy cushioned sneakers. Looking forward, there are plenty of other cloud shoes that are set to become fashion insiders favorites. I’m placing bets on styles like puffed up flips-flops and padded leather slides that are as directional as they are cozy. Ahead, more on the cloud shoe trend.