The winter season is going to provide plenty of excitement for shoe lovers. The days of boring shoe choices are over, as 2017 will add plenty of new looks and bring back the best designs of the past.
If you’d pick a word for the season’s shoes in general, it would have to be intriguing – from platform to buckles, there’s something to tickle your fancy. So, take out the pen and paper and start writing your shopping list with these trends in mind.
Open and pointy toes
This winter you don’t need to worry about layering your heels with warm tights and socks. Open toe shoes are a must-have, even when it’s cold and rainy outside.
Warm tights underneath or colourful socks from Happy Socks can be part of your style – as crazy as it might sound! Naturally, you could also just opt for the classic bare foot and open toe policy and book a holiday in Ibiza to escape the cold.
And if you’d like the toes covered, then pointy toes are still a trendy option. The pointed toe is included in plenty of different shoe designs. You can find your classic heels from Alexander Wang with a pointed toe finish or opt for plain boots in the design.
If you were fond of the gladiator look, then you will probably fall in love with the newest shoe trend: buckled straps. Strappy shoes are everywhere and the more you include straps, the better. If you don’t mind spending a bit of money, snatch the 8-inch high heels in reptile textures from Marc Jacobs’ collection. If you want to spend a bit less after the Christmas splurge, Footasylum has campaigns to cut off some of your price tag.
Strappy shoes are the must-have choice for your evening outs this winter. You can opt for a bulkier or a thinner stiletto heel, as long as you have straps. If you want to add to the excitement, then ditch the traditional buckle and opt for a clickable design. This can be easier to wear and it’ll look extra chic.
On the other hand, if multiple buckles start wearing you out, go for size and not quantity. A single metal buckle will be an adorable pick for your winter shoes. Burberry’s over-the-ankle boots have the perfect, large buckle design. The larger buckle designs are prominent in platform shoes and boots, guaranteeing you have a warm and sturdy trend to fall back on this winter.
Lacing has been a big hit in late-2016, both in shoe trends and clothing. The lace-up shoes continue to impress in the winter of 2017. The gladiator boot is making a comeback, but in a laced finish this time. Laced shoes also have a thing for black suede, with ankle boots being a warm, casual style for the winter.
Leather and suede
When it comes to shoe fabrics, there are two winners in the season’s must-have category: leather and suede. Leather boots have been everywhere since the early fall and you shouldn’t throw away your boots just yet. Opening Ceremony has opted for plain leather platforms in their designs, offering you a classic option for the season. But you can pick any shoe in later and look stylish – embellished or plain.
If leather just isn’t your thing or you want to freshen up the wardrobe, pick suede. Suede shoes come in the season’s hottest colours: camel and beige. Suede, combined with laces is a chic and elegant look, perfect for pairing with a skinny suit. Some designers have opted for chunkier suede boots, while others are keeping it rather classy and minimalistic.
Similar to suede, you can also play around with velvet. Jenny Packham’s ankle boots have a nice velvety finish and this subtle fabric is perfect for your party looks. Combine with shimmering gold and you are good to go!
Kitten to platform
2017 is presenting you with extreme opposite choices. You can either opt for a funky, Spice Girls era platform shoe or a subtle, elegant kitten heel. Kitten heels are chic and safe, allowing you to be more playful with your other accessories. The Amber Collection has great options to choose from.
But if you’re after the wow-factor, then pick platform shoes. We mean going all David Bowie and Spice Girls with your shoes – either with heels or not. These shoes are all about seeking attention. While you could spend a lot of money and opt for designer shoes like Vivienne Westwood or Balenciaga, you can find cheaper alternatives from New Look and H&M’s collections as well.
With the above trends in mind, you won’t miss looking fashionable walking down the street. 2017 is going to offer plenty of surprises and shoe designs to use to impress. But there’s also enough to keep it classy and casual, if you just want to opt for comfort and elegance.