Top Winter Trends in Shoes for Women

By Elizabeth Hannigan , last updated November 3, 2011

Winter is almost here and you should check out this year's top winter trends for women's shoes. It is so hard to look good in winter, especially if you live somewhere where it snows and your commute to work involves walking or taking public transportation. Heels with peep toes, straps, or cut outs are pretty much out, unless you are crazy or living in Hawaii, but you still need to look put-together and professional at your job. Boots are usually your best bet, but if you work in a conservative office like a bank or a law firm, they might not pass your company's dress code. If worst comes to worst, you can wear boots during your commute and change into pumps at the office. If you have a more flexible dress code, though, or if you are just looking for cool shoes to wear on your time off, any of these hot winter trends might appeal to you.

Slouchy Boots

All of those slouchy boots you are seeing on women everywhere are not only extremely cute, but also very comfortable. These vaguely retro, '80s-looking boots will make your legs look long and slender. Slouchy boots are hot, whether flat or with a heel, and look great over skinny jeans or leggings. Do not try pairing them with baggy pants or trousers though! You can find these nearly everywhere right now, but check out Kenneth Cole's Bard Tenders for a start.

Oxford Heels

Kind of a mix between a pump and a boot, cute lace-up oxfords with heels may pass muster at an office where boots are not allowed. Oxfords with a heel are very business-like and professional, but they are also much easier to walk in than pumps are because they offer some ankle support. Ann Taylor is offering a matte black lace-up oxford that looks quite prim from the front, but has a sexy stiletto heel in back. These heels would look great with a pencil skirt and a sheer blouse.

Ankle Boots

Ankle boots and booties seem to have been everywhere for at least the past two years, and their popularity shows no sign of abating. If you are looking for something casual, try LOFT's Sweet Faux Fur Booties. These warm, cognac colored, lace-ups have fuzzy fur collars to keep your ankles warm. They come with a stacked heel and would be a cute match for this season's parka coats. If you need something a bit more dressy, choose Pink Studio's Delila boots. These Victorian-looking booties come in hunter green with rust colored wool tweed, buttons, and piping up the sides.

Lace-Up Boots

The Victorian look is hot this year and several designers are offering lace-up boots that will reach your mid-calf. These boots are perfect for matching with the winter maxi skirts that you are seeing everywhere and they also look great either over skinny jeans or under trousers, depending upon the look you are going for. If you live somewhere where you do not expect much snow, try on Jeffrey Campbell's black lace-up peep toe boot. With a three-inch heel and an open toe, this little lace up boot is the perfect combination of sexy and demure!

Patent Leather

Patent leather pumps and boots are making a big comeback this year. These shoes are actually easier to keep clean if you live in a snowy area, since they are resistant to things like salt and you can just wipe them off when you get inside. Patent leather pumps can sometimes look a little bit too dressy for daytime affairs though. If you want to try out the patent leather trend, but need something practical, pick up a pair of patent leather oxfords from Steve Madden. The oxford shape keeps the shoe work appropriate, but the patent leather material makes your shoe fun and unusual.

Over-the-Knee Boots

This year, designers have really been pushing the hard sell on over-the-knee boots. Sure, on runways the over-the-knee boots look really cool. In real life, however, it is tough to wear these shoes without looking like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. If you have a trip to Las Vegas planned in your near future, by all means, go for Versace's over-the-knee, patent leather stiletto boots. If you are looking for something you can wear on a regular basis, give Stuart Weitzman's suede, over-the-knee flat boots a shot. These flat boots look warm, cozy, and luxurious. They even come in an assortment of great colors, like navy and eggplant.

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