Shoe Styles for Winter
When You Don’t Want to Wear Boots
That title is a mouthful! Last week a friend told me about a casual weekend event she was going to. She didn’t want to wear boots, but she didn’t know what kind of shoes to wear. This gave me pause. I am pretty much all booties during the cold weather because they are easy to wear and warm. The theme for me is being warm (and I live in Northern California – just imagine if I lived someplace with real winter weather!)
Obviously, boots and booties dominate the shoe landscape in fall and winter. But there are other options that offer style and keep feet covered.
As I was categorizing in my mind the different styles outside of the boot category that are cold weather appropriate, realized that I have one pair of each (almost!). And even wimpy me can wear them in winter (California winter, that is).
I borrowed some photos from previous posts in which I’m wearing shoe styles other than boots. Hope you don’t mind seeing them again – anyway, it’s been raining for weeks here and it’s been difficult to squeeze in photo shoots, so I’m cheating a little. Here are some ideas for fun shoe styles that work for colder weather and offer a polished look for perking up an outfit for a casual outing or event.
Loafers are nothing new. They’ve been around for longer than I’ve been alive, I think. They range from classic penny loafer and driving moccasin styles to animal print and other fun variations. Loafers work with just about every pant style as well as skirts and dresses.
I never have considered myself a preppy dresser, but I do own a pair of penny loafers that are fun to wear as long as I’m careful about my outfit style (I want to avoid the 1960’s Ivy League college look).
The classic pump never goes out of style. It does leave a bit of bare skin exposed, but adding a thin stocking works with a pump. Of course, pumps look great with a skirt or dress, but they are also a shiek look with skinny, bootcut, and flared jeans.
This is a style that straddles the loafer and the pump. It can look more casual than a pointy toe pump and dressier than a flat loafer. I don’t have this style in my shoe wardrobe, but I think it would be a fun style to have. It reminds me of a pair I had when I was in high school.
Oxfords, inspired by men’s shoe styles, are probably not for every woman. But I love them! Women’s oxford styles are fun! I have a patent leather, slim profile pair and a metallic wing-tip style. I’ve seen them styled with a skirt or dress, but I like them best with a pair of skinny pants.
Flats are an iffy category in the winter for me. While they do enclose the foot, there’s quite a bit of skin left exposed, and, for me, wearing flats with socks, even cool socks, just isn’t a look I love. Flats give a polished look, and I know they are popular with many women even in winter.
You might dismiss sneakers as a winter shoe style to wear other than for running errands or exercising. But there are so many variations on the basic athletic sneaker, that possibilities are endless for where you can take sneakers. The Superga sneakers in the photo below are silver metallic. I’ve styled them with a casual look, but it’s definitely possible to dress them up with your outfit.
And for me . . .
I will be sticking mostly with my boots this winter. But when I want to add a fun twist to my outfit, I’m going to grab my metallic oxfords!