The Best Shoes Of 2016

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With 2016 coming to a close soon we thought we’d look back on all the amazing fashion the year offered us, and there is no doubt it was the year of the shoe. Unique, fashion-forward designs and unexpected details make the latest footwear the coolest iterations we’ve seen in a while. From the ever-popular Gucci furry slides to the gorgeous No. 21 satin mules, we’ve rounded up six of the most coveted, standout shoes constantly filling our favorite stores and Insta feeds. Look ahead to shop the must-have styles.

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Shearling Backless Loafers

Gucci has given us a slew of fantastic footwear (see metallic crossover mules), but the winning shoe that everyone and their mother wants is the shearling-lined backless loafer. The slide silhouette makes it easy to slip on, while the horsebit hardware adds polish to the quirky style.

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Velvet Ankle Boots

Velvet—being one of this year's biggest trends—is interpreted all across the board, but its footwear rendition is arguably the prettiest. Taking the gold in the department is 3.1 Phillip Lim's navy blue crushed velvet ankle boot, which has been witnessed all over the street-style scene during fashion week for good reason.

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Babouche Flats

Love it or hate it, Céline's babouche shoe is the fashion editor's favorite of 2016. The quirky silhouette inspired by the Moroccan original only strengthens the rise of the flat shoe trend. Although this buckled version is sold out everywhere, we suggest opting for the backless, fold-over slipper option for easy wear.

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Satin Mules

Mules had a huge moment this year and this sophisticated yet sexy stiletto version rendered in silky satin and knot detail adds glam and femininity to any ensemble in one step.

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Furry Slides

Brother Vellies has undoubtedly become the It accessory brand fashion girls flock to for one-of-a-kind pieces. Its feather-embellished slides offered in candy-colored hues made waves as the coolest, head-turning footwear.

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Skate Sneakers

Perhaps one of the most unexpected trends of the year, the skate sneaker—specifically the Vans Old Skool kicks—were donned by everyone earlier this fall from Kendall Jenner to Veronika Heilbrunner. The low-key vibe of the iconic shoe provides a cool, tomboy feel whether you style it with a midi dress or jeans.

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