While we regretfully pack away sandals, strappy heels and espadrilles until next summer, it’s time to keep warm and embrace winter style.
Below are five main styles that will not only keep your feet warm all winter, but will also look fashionable at the same time! We’ve teamed up with our friends over at THE ICONIC to bring you some stylish picks for the winter season. Just click on the image to buy them directly.
These comfy shoes are a must-have, especially if you have an entire weekend planned in the great outdoors! Pair with jeans, tracksuit pants, or leggings to keep comfy and cosy all day and night.
A classic pair of ballet flats adds the finishing touches to any outfit – just like Audrey Hepburn! Our favourite way to style these classic shoes is with skinny jeans or a flowy dress with pantyhose.
Keep your feet feeling warm and looking stylish with a pair of classic leather boots. They are a must-have for any wardrobe since they can take you from winter to summer (and everything in between).
Another classic pair of flat footwear has to be the humble pair of brogues. This unisex shoe is perfect with jeans, skirts and coats.
Stay warm this winter with a pair of knee-high boots, which are back in fashion! Wear them over your jeans for an extra layer of warmth.
What are your favourite shoes for winter?
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Give your old ballet flats a style refresh this autumn with one of the hottest shoe trends, the lace-up flats.
Not only are they appropriate for all occasions, but they look amazing paired with a little black dress, or even a pair of denim shorts. Style your lace-up flats with a bit of inspiration below.
Take notes from blogger Elle Ferguson, and style your favourite pair of lived-in denim shorts with lace-up flats. A white blouse never fails to complete this casual outfit and a blazer is perfect for when the temperature drops.
Any type of cropped trousers add the perfect finishing touch to a pair of lace-up flats. They allow the laces to sit a bit higher on the leg and are easy to style with a chunky knit or scarf.
A warm, oversized coat adds the perfect touch of high and low to an autumn outfit. How? Your body should feel warm and cosy without compromising your style – the best balance!
Make like master-blogger Jules Sarinana, and style your flats with a cosy, oversized sweater. This look is perfect for a day filled with brunch dates and shopping bags – don’t forget that classic oversized bag to hide all of your purchases.
Who could resist a touch of distressed denim, especially during the autumn/winter season? Tash Sefton style one of our favourite pairs of Isabel Marant flats with white and khaki colours – talk about outfit inspo!
How would you style lace-up flats for winter?
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Pumps, pointed toes, strappy sandals, mules and booties – we can’t deny that we have a strong affection for a beautiful pair of high heels. Women have been donning a pair of Christian Louboutin’s or Valentino’s for years, to work, to dinner, to church; anywhere and everywhere to show off the legs, the butt and of course that gorgeous pair of heels that you swore to your partner you bought on sale. But with heels, comes the struggle and the pain from the balls of your feet that can make your feet swell and get you a piggy back home after a long night.
Now flats are all the rage at the moment with brogues, moccasins and sneakers being seen everywhere from fashion week to the early morning trains at Central Station and really, they seem like the healthy alternative to a pair of high heels. But do those ballet flats cause just as much damage to your feet as your heels do, or should you be swapping your pumps for penny loafers?
We’ve all heard the horror stories and had a look at the awful pictures that come with prolonged heel wearing, but does this ever actually deter us from buying or wearing heels? Maybe, sometimes, but probably not. Walking long distances and wearing high heels all day can have a serious impact on your feet. Not only does it put a lot of pressure on the balls of your feet to carry your body weight, it also tightens the quadricep muscles to help stabilise your arching back making them more prone to injury. You may also notice your calves feeling tight when you take your heels off after a long day at work, which actually makes your calves shorter and can make it uncomfortable to walk without heels if you are a chronic heel addict.
Wearing high heels everyday can also result in the dreaded hammer toe, that no woman wants to ever see on their foot. The bony prominence on the top of the toes is caused by overuse of high heels and is not only painful, but also very unsightly. High heels use can also cause bunions, callouses and ‘pump bumps’, which are little bony bumps on your heel from the rubbing of the shoe. It’s also been said that high heel wearers are more likely to develop osteoarthritis and back pain. High heel wearers may also gain extra weight per year, due to their lack of activity while in heels.
But we’re giving heels a really bad wrap here. While overuse of them can cause these issues, the do have some benefits, and while most of them are aesthetic, a study by The University of Verona has found that heel wearers have stronger pelvic floor muscles. High heels can also make the wearer feel more glamorous and confident, which may help them in aspects of their life.
Now you don’t have to give up heels completely, there are still plenty of options. For everyday use, a lower, thicker heel is recommended for stability and ease of walking. The heel should also have enough space around the toes for the inevitable swelling that comes by 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Your highest heels or those most difficult to walk in should be left for dinner events, where there will be little walking.
Flats don’t get off that easy though, they’re not always the angels you would think. When choosing flat shoes, it is imperative that you ensure they have enough internal support for your arches, heels and balls of your feet. If the shoes are quite literally flat, this can cause problems within the arches and cause pain when walking from the lack of cushioning. Flats that roll up or curl easily should be avoided or have innersoles added to help support the foot. Sneakers and joggers are a good choice as they have internal cushioning that supports the arches, heels and balls of your feet.
The moral of the story? Be smart about the shoes you buy. Look for flats with cushioning and support and look for heels that are comfortable, roomy in the toes and with a smaller, thicker heel. Keep those gorgeous stilettos for fancy dinners where you partner parks right outside the front door.
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