Brace yourselves… winter is coming! For those of us who love shoes, the dreary days and snow-filled streets tend to put a damper on those peep-toe sandals and stiletto heels. Even so, don’t break out those shapeless boots from last season just yet. The winter nights may be colder, but this season’s shoe trends are just heating up. Which ones will you try?
Nude Shoes Are In
Neutral shades took over our eyeshadow palettes and lipstick tubes this year and they aren’t stopping there. From the recently released Converse Nude Collection to shades of beige for thigh-high boots and ankle booties alike, nude is the new black. Pair a casual sneaker or ankle boot with jeans and a sweater for a day of shopping and lunch with friends or dress up a taller style with a chunky heel for date night.
Plenty of Patterns
Who says your shoes must be one color? Those of you who love to add a bit of funky style to your wardrobe won’t be able to get enough of this winter’s pattern trend. Go bohemian with color blocking patterns, flowing skirts and tops, and windblown hair. Add some edge to those black leggings with a punk-inspired plaid pattern. Do you want to add your own touch to a basic work outfit? Look for a classic pump decorated with stripes or polka dots.
Add Some Texture
Adding some dimension to your shoe collection creates an entirely new level of fashion. Are you edgy? Check out faux snake skin, alligator skin, or even fur trim. Feathers, spikes, studs, and just about anything else you can dream up are also becoming popular. Go as subtle or as big as you want with this trend.
Sometimes an evening calls for glamour. Whether you’re attending the company Christmas party or a New Year’s Eve gala, sometimes chunky boots and sneakers just won’t cut it. Skip the classic black heel in favor of shimmer that will rival even the prettiest holiday tree. Sequins and glitter are making a comeback and look great whether you prefer flats, kitten heels, or stilettos. If you aren’t quite up for a full-on shiny look, try finding a pair of shoes in a metallic hue instead. They still add a gorgeous sophistication to your outfit but aren’t overwhelming.
Keep Warm With Suede
Suede is a popular choice every winter if you consider the warmth it adds to your shoes. This season, however, it is also a great way to stay fashionable.
Suede ankle boots look great with jeans, leggings, long skirts, and medium-length dresses. They can be dressed up or dressed down and made to look professional or edgy. You can even put a sexy spin on this trend by pairing knee- or thigh-high suede boots with a mini skirt and the perfect top. Remember to protect the material from water and use a protective spray on them to ensure you can wear them more than once.
Wear Socks With Heels
Remember the days of elementary school when you wore patent leather Mary Janes with lacy pink or white socks? It probably made you feel like a princess, right? Great news! It’s coming back. Turn yourself into a queen by pairing your strappy sandals or wedge heels with socks. You don’t even have to stick to the lacy ones — although they would look amazing as part of a date night outfit! Bright colors and patterns add some whimsical fun to your shoes while thicker textures look amazing and provide added warmth.
Don’t Spend a Fortune
Perhaps the best way to stay on trend with your winter shoe collection is not to spend a fortune. Designer shoes can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, a price tag most will never be able to afford. Luckily, you can purchase similar styles in brick and mortar stores or online. Many of the shoes you’ll find will closely mimic the same ones shown on the fashion runways.
When deciding how much to spend on shoes and what type to get, consider your lifestyle. If you plan to put a lot of miles on a pair, spend more money on them, but if you’re only going to wear them for one party, cheaper is better. Make sure you can comfortably walk and stand in anything you buy. You don’t want to miss out on a fun night because your feet hurt too bad to dance.
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