Saturday, November 16, 2013

Winter Shoe Guide

Being from a coastal town in North Carolina and now living in a relatively bigger city it has come to my attention over the past couple of years that women (and men) can't seem to grasp the concept that flip flops in 40 degree weather are just not appropriate. This guide will help you determine what styles you already have and the holes you still need to fill in your shoe wardrobe.

 These are the 10 pairs of shoes every woman should own for winter. Now before you get all "10 pairs? what?! let me say that you probably already own several of them because they are season switchovers from summer and fall. Let's get started shall we?

Sidenote: I did a regularly scheduled outfit post Friday so be sure to check that out ;)

1. Ankle Boots

Ankle boots are actually the perfect shoe for every season. In the winter obviously they add the perfect amount of edge to any outfit and they keep your feet warm….win-win if you ask me. Neutral pairs are obviously what you should invest in first and if you feel so inclined you could even throw in a printed pair or you could even go with a stacked heel for a dressier effect.

2. Moccasins 

Yes, when worn the right way moccasins can be a great casual shoe staple. I'm not saying throw them on with your pjs and head to the grocery store but with a casual put together outfit they are totally acceptable (and comfortable) to run around town in.

3. Oxfords

It doesn't matter what your style is, oxfords are the perfect way to inject a masculine touch into more feminine ensembles. They are also a way more interesting option than ballet flats. Pair them with everything from dresses to casual denim.

4. Sneakers

I'm not talking about your run of the mill running shoes here people…there are so many interesting options for sneakers like velvet high tops or leather slips ons….being comfortable does not mean looking frumpy. Now throw some awesome sneaks on and get going.

5. Animal Print

Whether it be flats, heels or boots animal print is the easiest way to update your shoe wardrobe. They add instant interest to an outfit and can be worn day or night…They can also take an outfit from day to night.

6. Skimmers

Skimmers are like ballet flats except that instead of a rounded toe they have a pointed toe. If you can't wear heels than these are a great alternative to elongating the leg line. They can be worn with literally everything in your closet.

7. Stilletos 

I know these don't really need an explanation…but at some point or another every woman needs a pair of stilettos for some occasion…especially in the colder months when wedges and sandals are just not appropriate.  A pair of lower heeled pumps is acceptable BUT only if they make you look and feel fierce.

8. Metallic Pumps

These especially come in handy for  those gazillion holiday parties you are about to have to endure. The metallic pump literally says "happy holidays" in a shoe form. They are definitely not just for winter or for the holidays but what a great addition to your shoe wardrobe.

9. Heeled Booties

The heeled bootie might be one of the pairs you are lacking for winter since they are more for the colder months although not exclusively so. They are great for dressing up an outfit but can also be worn with jeans.

10. Over the Knee Boots

And the best for last, over the knee boots have become a new winter staple. Yes these are not a season switchover but they are worth the investment as they can be worn with everything from cutoffs to dresses to denim. 


  1. LOVE this guide Brooke! The only ones I don't own are moccasins. I'm so glad you didn't put ballet flats in here because I HATE them and people need to start stepping it up with the flats. I am also so glad you added metallic's because they literally go with everything and according to me they are classic. I've been wearing mine for 10 years and I've never stopped loving them!
    Have a great weekend love!
    Sheree xxx

  2. Your shoe collection is enviable ;)


  3. there is some serious shoe game in this post!

  4. all the flat shoes for women in the blog were just awesome....loved the post....