We've been tracking the biggest shoe trends of 2023 closely. On the spring/summer 2023 runways, we saw the rise of balletcore and all things pretty and the return of pumps and cool Mary Janes. On the fall/winter 2023 runways, red took over, pointed heels made a huge impact, faux fur was a talking point, and embellishments added an undeniable editorial element to the shoe sphere.
Now that winter 2023 has arrived, we are seeing shoe trends take yet another direction as recent styles are dropping on the market. While many of these trends are an evolution of the styles we have been tracking all year, there are also some new players in the space. Patent leather is picking up even more momentum, '90s-inspired styles show signs that the emphasis on minimalism from the decade isn't slowing down, and other trends are getting some seasonal updates. Ahead are the most important winter shoe trends to know for 2023.
Sleek boots with sharply pointed toes are one of the key silhouettes of the season. The elegant shape of the tapered boots is arriving in both knee-high and ankle versions that pair perfectly with a range of looks, from dresses and outerwear to jeans and trousers. Nineties minimalism is continuing strong this winter, and this trend confirms that.
We have seen patent leather return in a major way, most notably in the shoe department. Brands such as Saint Laurent have brought the glossy material with pieces like the sought-after Lee heels, and it's a trend that is permeating the market elsewhere. While we have been seeing the rise of patent-leather shoes, the pieces seem especially primed for the holiday season.
Embellished heels really kicked off during fashion month as pieces such as Prada's floral-adorned shoes took off on the street style scene. The momentum for the style isn't slowing down. In fact, it's picking up as the style set is snapping up statement-making accessories.
With the rise of corportate attire on the runways, we also saw the return of pumps. While the shoes are a classic style that is predominantly trend-averse, we're seeing directional takes on pumps. Versions in patent leather and styles with architectural kitten heels feel especially on point.
We can easily say that 2023 was the year of the ballet-flats resurgence. While summer brought on mesh styles, winter is all about classic Chanel versions and cool Mary Janes. Alaïa just released a preorder for the brand's in-demand suede pair finished with micro grommets, and we would recommend ordering them before they again sell out yet again.
The F/W 23 runway collections at Khaite, Gucci, and Burberry pointed to the faux-fur-shoe trend, and it's arriving in a major way this winter. Whether in boot or heel form, the trend is thriving, and it's up to you to determine which version will play a role in your wardrobe this season.