I’ll give you five seconds to name the first shoes that come to mind when you think of winter. Was it Uggs? What about ski boots? Come cold weather, the shoes that first come to mind are those that are durable, practical, and cozy. This winter, I’m here to tell you my favorite shoe trendsto know put practicality at play with style. Unlike painful and impractical trends of the past, these comfortable shoes are among my favorites. As someone who much prefers warm weather to cold, I think of these four styles as the summer person’s winter footwear starter pack. They embody the ease of Birkenstocks and block-heel sandals but keep the toes covered and can be layered with a pair of cashmere socks when the occasion calls for it.
One thing I do love about dressing during winter is how easy it is to play with textures and layer in ways that make outfits feel thoughtful and complex. Within each of the four shoe trends I’m highlighting as worth your while for winter, I wanted to show versatility with a range of materials and colors. Think velvet Mary Janes, a decidedly indoor shoe style that I want to break out for a nice dinner, or weather-resistant sneakers in a shocking green that make even the gloomiest rainy day feel brighter. Whether you’re more of a minimalist or your cold-weather style is sporty, there’s a shoe style for you to enjoy.
This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.