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Americans are swapping out their high heels for comfort shoes like Birkenstock and Crocs at record rates, as the pandemic continues to obliterate fashion as we knew it

Americans are swapping out their high heels for comfort shoes like Birkenstock and Crocs at record rates, as the pandemic continues to obliterate fashion as we knew it
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Consumer demand for high heels has plummeted during the pandemic, as Americans trade in their dress shoes for comfortable footwear like sneakers, slippers, and slides.




According to data from market research firm NPD Group, dress shoe sales fell by a whopping 71% year-over-year during the second quarter of 2020.




The pandemic is exacerbating the decline of dress shoes and formal wear in recent years due to the "casualization of the office and of society," according to NPD Group's Beth Goldstein.




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As the pandemic slowly kills high fashion, it's making sure to take high heels along with it.
With nowhere to go out and no reason to get gussied up, consumer demand and sales of high heels have plummeted in recent months, as Americans turn instead to sneakers, slippers, and house shoes.
According to data from market research firm NPD Group, dress shoe sales dropped by a whopping 71% year-over-year during the second quarter of 2020. That's compared to a decline of 26% for all footwear sales.
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