Fashion Shoes The Raffia Shoe Trend Boom Is Coming Starting at just $25, these 16 pairs will ensure you're well prepared for the season. By Jamila Stewart Jamila Stewart Jamila Stewart is a writer based in Los Angeles, California who covers all things fashion and beauty. Her work has been published in The Zoe Report, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Nylon, Who What Wear, and more. InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on May 6, 2021 @ 03:57PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Getty Images Out of all the seasons, summer in particular allows for much more variety when it comes to getting dressed. Without being so hung up on practicality and warmth, we're finally free to fully enjoy some of the year's most fun and exciting trends — especially if we're talking about footwear. For 2021, raffia shoes, with their summery nature that feels reminiscent of resort wear, are an instant way to take your feet on a tropical vacation, even if the farthest you actually get is a long scroll through travel TikTok. 14 Cute Summer Shoes That Shockingly Aren't Slippers Where there's a reigning fashion trend, there's often foreshadowing on the runways, and this classic shoe was spotted all over at Spring/Summer 2021 collections. There were chunky raffia flatforms at Altuzarra, which were paired with everything from trousers to airy sundresses, while a flat, strappy raffia sandal debuted at Christian Dior in both black and natural shades. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images As we head into the heat, this palm tree-derived material is popping up at some of our favorite stores, and has even been married with other shoe trends of the moment: think heeled thong sandals with raffia soles, as well as options complete with floral accents, playing up the whimsical garden theme that's also pretty popular. These small updates make it feel as if we're being introduced to timeless trend all over again. Fruit Fashion Is the Whimsical Trend That's Taking Over Instagram Ahead, we've rounded up 16 of the best raffia shoes we could find — flats, heels and all. Cult Gaia Dahlia Sneaker Courtesy Shop now: $458 You may be looking for ways to elevate this classic spring trend into a more unexpected territory. Cult Gaia's play on a sneaker-meets-Oxford does just that. Castañer Antonella Heel Courtesy Shop now: $485 Floral was another runway hit this season, co-signed by brands such as Valentino and Roger Vivier. With platforms as another trending shoe style, this sandal hits three marks in one. Bottega Veneta Stretch Raffia Sandals Courtesy Shop now: $1,050; mytheresa.com Bottega Veneta's recent shoes and accessories remain, unwaveringly, in the spotlight. Its spring/summer '21 raffia styles are just as much a fan-favorite as any of the brand's other must-have offerings. RAYE Gable Wedge Courtesy Shop now: $178 Opting for black raffia over its natural beige color offers more flexibility in the ability to dress up your shoes. These would work perfectly with a pair of black, oversized suit trousers. Fabrizio Viti Ingrid Berkley Slides Courtesy Shop now: $545 If you fell in love with the above Castañer heel but were instead hoping for a flat, floral option, you're in luck with these slides from Fabrizio Viti. Slip them on with boyfriend jeans and a fitted white tank for errands or a lunch out. Universal Thread Mardi Raffia Platform Sandals Courtesy Shop now: $25 You'll double up on styling options when you go for a colorful shoe. Imagine these paired with wide-leg jeans or even a long maxi skirt, swishing its way to a beachfront cocktail. Zara Woven Raffia Flat Sandals Courtesy Shop now: $50 Count on having Zara on your radar for any trend. If uninitiated, these are your intro into the pastel craze, as well. SENSO Mollie I Sandals Courtesy Shop now: $155 While the leather and wooden details of SENSO's Mollie I Sandals are definitely front and center, the shoe's subtle trim employs a unique use of raffia material. Brother Vellies Tuesday Mule in Raffia Courtesy Shop now: $565; brothervellies.com A low, but chic heel perfectly primes this '90s-inspired mule for everyday wear. Manolo Blahnik Otawi Sandals Courtesy Shop now: $650; manoloblahnik.com If you're still leaning into loungewear, embrace the raffia trend with a pair of comfy slides. On the flip side, you can dress these up by wearing them with a sundress. I'm a Fashion Editor, and These Are the 17 Spring Dresses in My Cart Right Now Mercedes Castillo Tayten Bicolor Slide Mules Courtesy Shop now: $350 With a structural heel and raffia details alongside croc-embossed leather to create a two-toned effect, Mercedes Castillo's Tayten Mules are an unexpected conversation piece. Kate Spade Breeze Raffia Platform Sandals Courtesy Shop now: $168 These slides nail the season's flatform and raffia trends all in one. Think of the adorable polka dots as an added bonus that make the shoes so Kate Spade. Matisse Seashore Platform Sandal Courtesy Shop now: $48 Deciding on the best part about these sandals — the fun fringe or that pale green hue — may leave you with a hard tie. Manebi Colour-Block Braided Raffia Sandal Courtesy Shop now: $151 It's an unofficial fact that pink and orange make one of the best color duos, and these sandals are proof. L'Autre Chose Crossed Leather and Raffia Mules Courtesy Shop now: $232 Vacations may still be up in the air, but slip into this resort-style sandal and you'll feel like you're already at a beachside villa. Malone Souliers Matilda Raffia Mule Pumps Courtesy Shop now: $625 It's not often that you find a raffia style fit to zhuzh up a business or formal look, but when you do, you don't pass it up.