As a person who does like the LOOK of some slim- heeled pumps and pointy- toe flats, but now really can’t wear them, I’ve looked at various “ adaptations “ of same. But I often find that after all the elements have been altered— toe shape, heel height, padding, strapping, and so in, the result is not close enough and so it just feels more “ authentic “ to wear a shoe that looks like what it was supposed to be in the first place, such as a walking or running shoe, or a boot, or a round loafer. And flat, because of how that affects pressure points and posture ( though I know some people feel better in a slight heel).
So “ I predict “ that footwear choices and demands in the workplace will be most affected. Now, a work place could try to require “ solid dark shoes “ (no white soles or embellishments) because comfort shoes, all sorts of sneakers , can be made in any color, and many all black, all navy, or similar items exist now.
It just seems easier to create, and find, pretty comfortable “ clothes” that look
like work attire , except for full business formal, than it is to make a “ comfortable pump”. Stretch fabrics, no tucking, roomy toppers have all been done and could evolve more. Plus in general, clothing isn’t linked to foot and back health issues the way footwear has been. And then, from a fashion standpoint we’ve already seen big juxtaposition of casual footwear with more formal attire. But sneakers aren’t the only way to go for comfort. Luxury boots, low heeled and not pointy, crafted in lustrous leathers or suedes, would work. So if some aspects of fashion ( not style!) are related to being aspirational, or hard to obtain, or luxuries, then items in higher end or higher upkeep BUT comfortable fabrics and knits might be seen. Back to Sporty Luxe, insofar as ( or if) that is different from Athleisure.
But, as Joy noted, what goes around comes around, so to be “ on trend “ at some point will be to reverse any existing trend, just to be different!