Taylor Swift‘s shoe style is _________________________.
I’ve recently started a quest to fill in the blank space above, and not only am I NOT out of the woods, I found myself completely lost in a deep, dark forest. After some research, it’s basically impossible to define the pop queen’s footwear range. In fact, I think she might have multiple shoe style personalities. (To be fair, who doesn’t?) So I’ve taken on the brave task of trying to categorize her various footwear phases. Below, a history of her most defining shoe moments, a.k.a., a Tay Timeline I urge everyone to step into.
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Country Cool, 2005-2009
It’s hard to remember a world when Taylor strictly rocked bedazzled cowboy boots and deconstructed banana curls, but it was her trademark for the first four years of her career.
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Laced-Up Lady, 2008-2011
These were transformative years for Taylor’s style. She started to lose her country flare and developed a more classic, nouveau school girl aesthetic.
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Sorority Girl Meets Society Girl, 2012-2013
This was when Taylor was totally Blair Waldorfing IRL. She also dated Patrick Schwarzenneger in 2012, which means she was Kennedy family adjacent (Patrick’s mom Maria Shriver is a Kennedy through her mom, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who was siblings with former president John F. Kennedy), and the Kennedy connection explains the modest footwear choices, from school-girl oxfords to demure Charlotte Olympia “kitty” pumps.
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High-Fashion Hipster, 2014
Remember that period when Taylor Swift solely wore high-heeled, lace-up oxfords and mini hemlines? Well, here’s your reminder.
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Rock ‘N’ Roll Chick, 2015-2016
Anna Wintour staged a style intervention on the star for the May 2016 cover of Vogue, and it looks like the grungy, almost goth-level makeover has stuck.
“I’m thrilled that it’s Taylor Swift, who’s my co-chair this year at the Met Gala,” Wintour shared when the cover was revealed. “And we very much wanted to give Taylor a new look, make her into a sort of a rock n’ roll chick.”
We also have a feeling Tay’s transition into pop and her DJ boyfriend Calvin Harris might also have something to do with her edgier style.
What do you think of Taylor’s shoe style? Which phase was her best? Share below.