This season, winter fashion has been taken up a notch. Rather than reaching for classic trench coats and black skinny jeans, fashion girls everywhere have been opting for amped up pieces in 2018. And we're all for it. Wearing bright colours and fun silhouettes is the new normal, and footwear is no exception. While the dad sneaker may have been the wacky precursor to whet our palettes, the “out there” vibe has carried on past summer and into winter’s favourite shoe styles as well.
Whether taking form as boots, flats or heels, winter footwear this season is far from boring. While we’ll always love our trusty R.M. Williams come the cooler seasons, it may be time to swap out your old classics for something a little more bold. Or dare we say, more relevant? Sure, classic styles will always be important staples in your wardrobe, but adapting to this season’s trendiest shoe styles is a surefire (and easy) way to instantly up your fashion game this season. Shoes have a transformative power, so even wearing one of this season’s trendiest pairs will make anything look automatically cooler—even a basic jeans-and-tee combo.
If you’re at a loss for where to start, never fear: We’ve done the hard part for you. Below, we’ve broken down the biggest shoe trends of winter 2018 by category. So whether you’re on the hunt for some new boots or perhaps a new pair of going-out shoes, these are the styles to have on your radar. Read on to to discover your next dream shoe of 2018. Trust us, it will make your winter wardrobe that much better.
Photo Credits: Getty Images; Coloured: Giambattista Valli, Miu Miu, Tibi; Combat: Chloe, Carven, Lanvin; Cowboy: Zimmermann, Isabel Marant, Emporio Armani
Long gone are the days of preppy classics like riding boots and plain black Chelseas. And it makes sense: Can you really imagine wearing any of this season’s biggest trends with something so basic? Since this winter’s sartorial vibe is so fun, it makes sense that boots are reflecting it. Bright colours, combat boots, and cowboy styles are all having a major moment; so why not go for a pair you wouldn’t normally choose?
Photo Credits: Getty Images; Bows: Miu Miu, Carven, Jil Sander; Pointed: Lanvin, Miu Miu, Rochas; Loafers: Prada, Gucci, APC
Finally, proof that flats don’t have to be boring. This season, the comfy alternative to heels is on the rise—and there are so many cool options to choose from. Yes, your feet are celebrating. To keep your flats feeling fashion-forward (and to steer away from the dowdy reputation), opt for styles with bows, pointed toes, or a long-time favourite of fashion girls everywhere: The classic loafer.
Photo Credits: Getty Images; Sculptural: Jacquemus, Prabal Gurung, Balmain; Socks: Isabel Marant, Miu Miu, Prada; Slingback: Alexander Wang, Prada, Lacoste
Now, this is where things really get exciting this season. It’s time to say farewell to the days of minimalist nude pumps and get a little (or a lot) more creative. Enter: The sculptural heel. Fun and unique, the sculptural heels of 2018 are changing the footwear game. Now shoes can have an even more dimensional accessorising power—and we hope the trend is here to stay. Another major style that’s making a statement this winter are slingbacks, which give off just the right amount of Carrie Bradshaw-attitude. Our 2018 styling tip for heels? Pair them with socks—perfect for keeping your ankles warm all winter long.
So. Boots, flats, or heels...Which will you choose? Regardless of your preference, following this guide will ensure you stay stylish all winter long.