Clear shoes were one of the big breakout trends on the spring/ summer runways. We saw gorgeous transparent shoes on the catwalks of Chanel, Balmain, Yeezy, Prada and more. If you follow all the Instagram celebs, then you’ve probably been salivating over a particular pair of transparent Perspex shoes since last spring!
You can get ahead of the clear shoe trend by picking up some of the clear heels that are available on the market right now. We picked out the best from a variety of styles, so no matter what kind of fashionista you are, you can find something that’ll suit you.
Get into the how’s and what’s of transparent shoes, with our brief history of the trend. We’ve also got styling suggestions for clear heels, so you can make the style work for every occasion. To make sure you stay cool and comfortable in your new clear heels, we’ve also included an explanation of the common issues with transparent shoes as well as all of the tips and tricks to help you troubleshoot plastic shoes.
The Trend of Plastic Clear Shoes: Contents
• 19 Best PVC Clear Shoes to Hit the Streets Like a Proper Cinderella
• Where the Clear Shoe Trend Came from
• How to Wear Plastic Clear Shoes Without Any Pain
19 Best PVC Clear Shoes to Hit the Streets Like a Proper Cinderella
Read on to see which are our favorite see-through shoes from all the biggest names in shoe design.
1. Studded and Strappy Clear Heels
If you’re the daring type, these stiletto sandals from Alexander Wang might be a fun way of incorporating clear plastic shoes into your wardrobe. They have a sporty vibe, with a small PVC strap over the toes and a small elastic slingback. Studs line the sole for a hint of shine. They are available at Nordstrom.
2. Crystal Clear See-Through Shoes
Plastic shoes can be as glamorous as any other type of heels as long as the design is right. These strappy stiletto heels by Giuseppe Zanotti are embellished with crystals over the strap, and sport a lovely silver ankle strap. You’ll love the hidden touch of a denim insole that makes these shoes unique. They are a perfect fit both for a night out and for formal events. Find them at Shopbop!
3. Closed-Toe Slingback PVC Shoes
A Jimmy Choo shoe is never a bad purchase, but these see-through shoes are especially reasonable. They are low slingbacks with a closed-toe, which makes them elegant enough to wear to an office job and comfortable enough to wear on a day of city walking. You can buy these clear shoes from Forward.
4. Buckled Flat Transparent Shoes
With all the demureness of a flat and a touch of edge from the buckled straps, these Miu Miu clear shoes embody serious contrast. They show off the foot almost completely, since they are made of PVC, but there are some black leather accents that give structure and will make sure you don’t feel too exposed. Order them online from Net-a-Porter!
5. Minimalist Drama Clear Shoes
We’re obsessing over this combination of bulk with a minimalist design. The straps and block heels of these Yeezy clear shoes are both see-through, with a comfy suede insole. The 4.5-inch block heels will make you feel powerful and sky-high – the kind of shoe you absolutely must reserve for a night where you plan to make an impact. Get them from My Theresa!
6. PVC Mule Shoes
It is indeed possible to combine a boho aesthetic with clear heels! These low little mules sit on a round lucite heel, and have a light brown sole that gives an earthy touch. They are chic yet comfy – perfect for wearing on a summer day while you’re out and about. They can be purchased from Moda Operandi.
7. Pearl-Studded Clear Heels
With a pointed toe and lovely pearls, this is a classy take on Perspex heels that will really make you feel like Cinderella. So far, we have mostly seen toe-baring clear heels, so this Stella McCartney design that encapsulates the whole foot feels particularly dramatic. These are proper stilettos with a delicate white insole. They are sold online via Net-a-Porter.
8. Transparent Stiletto Sandals
Slip your feet into a darker take on strappy clear sandals. This Manolo Blahnik shoe has two see-through straps to keep the foot secure and give counter to the high and thin black stiletto heel. A dark insole gives some structure and presence, and makes them an unforgettable pair of clear shoes. Visit Nordstrom to try them out in any of the three shades available!
9. Blinged-Out Clear Heels
Get your bling on with these fancy Aquazzura stiletto sandals. These clear shoes have straps around the foot and ankle that are studded with shiny rhinestones. The heel and rim of the sole are made of silver calfskin that complements the clear straps of the shoes perfectly. These are the kind of PVC shoes you can wear to the most exciting nighttime events. They can be ordered online through Shopbop.
10. Pin-Heel Transparent Shoes
There is something oh-so-elegant about these Prada transparent shoes. They have a silver heel that ensures these clear heels are as modern as can be, with a clear strap as well as a thin ankle strap to keep the foot in place. There is also a pink clear plastic option if you’re feeling festive! Find them at Nordstrom!
11. Embellished-Toe See-Through Shoes
If you’re not a fan of your toes showing, you’ll be happy to know there are still some clear shoes out there for you to try! These fun Alexandre Vauthier stiletto pumps have a pointed toe studded with clear stones that add glamour and glitter. The rest of them is made of clear PVC, with a strap that goes around your ankle, looking invisible but holding you well. Order them from My Theresa!
12. Flat Embellished-Toe PVC Shoes
It’s hard to believe you can find flat clear shoes that will be office-appropriate, but here they are! These gorgeous pointed toe flats are embellished with a gleaming rhinestone-studded toe cap, and they have an elegant shape that elongates the leg beautifully. Comfortable and functional, they are available at Shopbop.
13. Wood-Accented Clear Shoes
These Neous clear shoes are a unique twist on the trend, with a low ball heel that has an architectural vibe made all the more modern by a wood accent. These slip-ons have a square toe and a single clear strap, and are best for turning any look just a smidge more fashion-forward. You can buy them from Moda Operandi.
14. Clear Heels with Black Bow
We love this darker take on clear heels. Made of a darkly tinted PVC, these Gianvito Rossi see-through shoes add some gothic romance to the trend. These shoes have a pointed toe, high stiletto heel, and a large PVC bow accent on the ankle strap – elements that all come together to make a wonderful evening shoe. Get them at Matches Fashion!
15. Gold-Trimmed PVC Shoes
If you’re the colorful type, don’t miss out on these statement clear heels. They have a blocky golden heel that gives a cool ‘70s vibe, ensuring that the gold trim and heels look chic rather than kitschy. These Tabitha Simmons shoes have a transparent strap over the toes, and an ankle strap that gives excellent support. They can be purchased from Net-a-Porter.
16. Beach-Ready Plastic Shoes
These beachy jelly slides will transport you straight back to seaside vacations in the ‘90s, when clear plastic flip-flops were all the rage. However, these Simone Rocha clear shoes are a decidedly mature update, with a design that holds the toes well and an abundance of crystals, faux pearls, and clear petals working as a textured embellishment. Pick them up from Matches Fashion!
17. Crystal Vamp See-Through Shoes
You might not walk a mile in these Louboutins, but you’ll surely get attention from people miles away. These heels are completely see-through, so your pedicure will need to be on-point, but we gotta admit it’ll be totally worth it. These clear heels are as chic as can be, with a pointed toe covered in silver studs, and delicate silver accents at the ankle and heel. Save them for days and nights when you want to make an impact. Have them sent to you from Net-a-Porter!
18. Kitten PVC Shoes
It’s hard to resist clear shoes in the form of kitten heels. They give that perfect delicate feel we crave, but with a comfy low heel. These transparent shoes cover yet reveal the entirety of the foot, with the exception of the back, which has a silver leather panel. The heels themselves are also made of transparent plastic, for a harmonious look. Give them a try at Nordstrom!
19. Clear Blue Slide Shoes
Another option for slip-on clear heels for when you’re feeling especially summery! The clear plastic strap on these Maryam Nassir Zadeh shoes has blue glitter embedded in it, while the low blocky heels are made of a cheerful light blue leather. These are the kind of shoes you’ll want to have fun in! Find them online at Shopbop!