6 Shoes You Should Stop Wearing in the Winter

Winter Shoes


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We do some pretty peculiar things for the sake of fashion. Waiting outside H&M for hours to snag the latest designer collaboration, paying over $1000 for a pair of Yeezys, or even spending way too much time pinning outfits we may never actually wear. However, when it comes to staying warm in the wintertime, that’s where we draw the line. Thankfully, bundling up can be a stylish affair full of amazing coats, cozy knits, and seasonal footwear. That being said, there are a few items in our closets that we think are more sensibly reserved for the warmer months of the year. Today we’re focusing on shoes because keeping your feet toasty is the key to overcoming even the chilliest of temperatures.

Scroll down to see six shoe styles we think you should avoid during winter unless you agree to wear them with socks or thick tights. We just want to keep you warm, friends.

#1: Backless Loafers

Anyone who lives in chilly climates knows that the more you can cover up your feet, the better—don’t be cruel to your heels!

Alternative: Loafers

This one is easy—simply wear traditional loafers to get the same polished effect.

Style these with dark-wash vintage denim. 

#2: Espadrilles

Unless you enjoy soggy shoes, keep these puppies stowed in your closet until spring rolls around.

Alternative: Wooden Heels

If you like espadrilles, you're probably drawn to earthy textures. Why not experiment with wood? 

The geometric heel adds a modern touch.

These are the perfect shoes for your everyday look.

#3: Mules

We know this one's tough—they're just so cute. But as with backless loafers, your heels aren't cut out for frigid temperatures.

Alternative: Widow's-Peak Pumps

Mules offer that outside-the-norm kind of silhouette, so get your fix with a pair of widow's-peak pumps.

Wear these with your favorite skinny jeans.

Everyone needs simple black pumps. 

#4: Open-Toe Sandals

This little piggy would like to avoid frostbite at all costs, thank you very much.

Alternative: Embellished Heels

Get the same pizzazz from your footwear without subjecting your toes to the snow. Festively embellished heels should do the trick.

#5: Slides

We doubt you're going anywhere near a pool in the immediate future, which we think justifies storing these away for a few more months.

Alternative: Slippers

One of the best aspects of slides is the ease of getting them on and off. Try a pair of slippers for a comparable effect.

So classic you'll wear them with everything.

Style these faux-suede loafers with a blazer.

These elevated loafers will last you a lifetime.

#6: Slingbacks

Again, it's not easy being bare-heeled in the winter.

Alternative: Ankle Boots

As temps get cooler, swap out your slingbacks for warmer ankle boots instead—the perfect shoes to wear with your skinny jeans this cold-weather season.

So versatile—wear with jeans and dresses alike.

Keep your toes toasty in these chic black booties.

These classic leather boots are seriously soft and comfortable. 

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated. Next, read about the style mistakes American girls never make.

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