Some of the best things in fashion are deemed "boring." Think about it: The blazers that work the hardest in our wardrobes, the plain tees we wear on repeat, and the neutrals that go with literally everything. We could go on, but we think you get the gist. Boring obviously isn't a bad thing in this context. Actually, it's quite the opposite. The classic staple pieces that you've owned and worn for years? Maybe they're not the most trendy or buzzy, but they're definitely the most valuable.
It's through that lens that we're looking at our shoe collections right now. More than any other season, winter is the time to think with practicality in mind first when getting dressed. But, us being the fashion people, we're hardly letting style take a backseat to function. Enter the boring but amazing shoes we're adding to our arsenals ahead of winter. From the lug-sole boots that are equally functional and fashionable to the flats you need to reconsider wearing again, scroll down to discover why we're naming the following five styles the best shoes for winter and shop the pairs we love within each category.
Wear lug-sole boots now to nail the chunky-sole shoe trend and then once winter weather really hits, put them on to combat rain and snow. It's truly a shoe trend that does both.
Say hello to the shoe trend that's both cool and practical.
These also come in black, but I like how the white pair shows off the shoe's texture.
In case anyone cares, I just ordered this pair.
Oh, Tibi. You always get it.
Vagabond makes some of the most comfortable, long-lasting shoes around, IMO.
Grandma dressing is on the rise and among the items defining the trend—oversize sunglasses, cardigans, layered sweaters—heeled loafers are emerging as the boring yet retro-cool shoe trend to try now.
NYC girls are flipping out over this emerging shoe brand.
This is the dreamy pair you've seen making the rounds on Instagram.
Pair these with mesh socks for a very of-the-moment retro feel.
In snakeskin print, loafers go from boring to must-have.
Who What Wear readers are shopping this pair en masse.
If you recall, not too long ago combat boots were actually more of a trendy shoe pick, but recently they've become a staple in wardrobes everywhere. For winter especially, they're a practical pick to wear with your jeans and dresses.
Zara fans, where ya at?
These feel a tad more trend-driven thanks to the subtle platform.
Ballet flats are having somewhat a renaissance. Have you noticed? Suddenly, designers are putting inventive new spins on the basic flats, and quite frankly we're here for it.
You probably need these in all four colors.
About as timeless as it gets.
I hardly need to explain how and why knee-high boots are trending at the moment, but I will explain that the buzzy pair is actually such a timeless pick. Sleek and elevated, they're the kind of boots you'll reach for over and over to add a luxurious element to any cold-weather look.