We’ve already put together our round-up of the best boots for winter. But, what if you prefer shoes rather than boots? What shoes for winter will keep you stylish, cozy, and safe in chilly weather? That’s why we’ll be focusing on the best shoes for winter today.
We’re concentrating in this article on everyday shoes rather than party shoes. You’ll probably be indoors for your winter parties so no need to worry too much about practicality for those. We’ll focus on party shoes in our Christmas party articles.
This article has options that are both practical and stylish that you can wear with your day-to-day winter outfits.
What to look out for when choosing shoes for winter
Before we get to the best winter shoe picks, what should you be looking for in general when selecting winter shoes?
It goes without saying that you want to be comfortable in your winter shoes. So, no matter what style you choose, don’t forget to take into account whether you need shoes with arch support or for plantar fasciitis, for example.
2. Closed toes
While you may have been happy to get your toes out during the summer, you’ll want closed toes for winter. They’ll keep you warmer, and you don’t have to worry about a pedicure. Georgette @grownandcurvywoman above (read her style interview here) opts for a pair of closed toe ankle strap shoes.
3. Lug soles
Not only are chunky lug soles very much on trend, but the extra grip will help to keep you from slipping in winter weather.
4. Darker colors
Just from a practical point of view, darker colors will be easier to keep looking clean during rainy weather.
Look out for shoes that will keep you dry. Choose styles that are waterproof or water-resistant.
Styles of shoes to choose from for winter
A pair of loafers are a great choice for winter. The Dr. Martens loafers (below) have good slip resistance and a cushioned footbed.
If you do want a lighter shade, then choosing a pair of shoes with a chunky sole can help to protect against the elements.
Another great way to stay warm is to choose a pair of shoes with warm lining, like the Sam Edelman loafers (below).
We love the navy shade of the Paul Green loafers (below). The patent leather is easy to wipe clean if they do get dirty in winter rain.
If you prefer a heeled choice, then look out for a block heel that is more stable than thinner heels. The Kate Spade pumps (below) come in a classic print that would look good with your black opaque tights.
The silver loafers (below) come in a metallic shade that will go with everything and they come with a cushioned footbed.
Naturalizer’s Darry loafers come in a choice of 8 colors and they have contour cushioning technology to keep you comfy.
We’ve shown you a silver pair, so now onto gold. The J.Crew Penny loafers (below) combine two trends in one – featuring gold and crocodile textures.
Practical in black patent for easy cleaning, but with a buckle to elevate the style, the AllSaints loafers (below) also come with a lug sole for stability.
Add a pop of color on the dullest of days with the red Boden loafers (below), which come with a chunky snaffle detail.
Brogues and oxfords for winter
Steal inspiration from menswear with winter with a pair of brogues. We love the classic styling mixed with the chunky soles of the Steve Madden shoes (below).
A two-tone option is another great choice for winter. Try to choose the darker color towards the bottom in case of any rain splashes.
You know we love our metallic shoes at 40+ Style, so we couldn’t resist another pair. The Cole Haan Oxfords (below) are a very classic shape and the neutral color means they will match anything in your closet.
The two-tone sole of the SoftWalk shoes (below) adds an on-trend element. Plus, we love the dark gray shade for winter.
Vionic is always a great choice if you’re looking for comfy shoes. The lace-up loafers (below) have a shiny finish that is easy to wipe off after a day outside.
A heeled choice now, but with the feel of brogues. Perfect if you love a preppy look. Wear with your black tights.
The chunky sole lace-ups (below) come in a huge choice of colors, and have great reviews from women who say they are a conversation starter.
A similar style, but with a flat sole, the lace-up brogues (below) also come in a good choice of colorful shades and neutrals. Wearers say they get lots of compliments when they wear them.
Moving onto sneakers, which are a great choice no matter what the season. The Taos sneakers (below) have a cozy lining to keep you warm.
Dr Scholl’s sneakers (below) are sustainably made and cushioned for comfort. The platform sole helps to protect your shoes from wet weather.
We’ve chosen the Sorel sneakers (below) because of their waterproof properties. They have a seam-sealed construction to keep out the elements.
Steve Madden’s black and white sneakers will add an on-trend element to your looks because of the chunky sole.
Another waterproof choice for you, the On Cloudrunner sneakers (below) come in lots of color combinations and are great for exercising outdoors, or just for casual days.
A true classic, the three-stripe adidas sneakers have a higher sole to help keep you dry.
We’re a big fan of Fly London sneakers for warmer weather, so we couldn’t resist adding a pair of Fly London sneakers to this list. The wedge heel is perfect to add some height.
The chain detail on the Vaneli Yazz sneakers elevates this slip-on style.
A pair of gold sneakers is the perfect way to add glamour to even the simplest of outfits.
Leopard print will never go out of style. Wear the Boden flatform sneakers (below) with your favorite jeans or leather pants.
What are your favorite shoes for winter?
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