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The Shoe Trends of Winter 2021

While we’re saying goodbye to warmth and making way for chillier days, the changing of the seasons is good news for fashion lovers everywhere who are getting excited to pull out and style their new favourite fashion trends that couldn’t be worn in spring and summer

This season comes with a whole bunch of fun footwear that’s getting us excited for the cold. From knee-high boots to chunky loafers, here are our favourite upcoming shoe trends of winter 2021 that you need to start wearing and shopping for.


What are the Boot Trends for 2021?

Boots will always be in style when autumn and winter come around, so a solid pair of leather boots will always be a fantastic investment to go for no matter what. This year, our favourite essential leather boots are getting higher and more eye-catching, with taller silhouettes, heels, and brighter colours that put every other neutral pair to shame.

What Shoes Will Be Popular in 2021?

Here are the winter shoe trends we know will make their way from the runway to the streets this season and that you’re sure to fall head over heels in love with.

Chunky Platform Boots

Thanks to the 70s revival that came with the new decade, funky styles are coming back into fashion, and that includes platform footwear. 

Brands like Steve Madden and Simone Rocha have been rocking leather boots with super high heels and soles with gravity-defying platforms on the runway, getting us excited to romp down the streets this winter in one of our favourite new shoe trends.

Knee-High Boots

Ditch your leather ankle booties and mid-calf boots for a sky-high pair of knee-high boots this season. One of our favourite and most versatile recurring winter shoe trends, leather knee-high boots in different colourways is such a sleek and chic addition to your winter wardrobe staples. 

From platforms to flats, these shoes look good on anyone and with anything, looking perfect with tights, skirts, and everything in between. Brands like Prada, Vivienne Westwood, and Fendi have been partnering their winter looks with these shoes, giving us some great style inspiration to shop for.

Power Pumps

Pumps are just one of those shoe styles that make us feel powerful, and we’re happy to see it as a trend again this season. A bit of a high heel never hurts, and designer names like Dries Van Noten are adding some extra inches to make our winter outfits even more sexy and chic.

Lug Sole Boots

Combat boots with lug soles are such a practical item and are one of those winter shoe trends that will never go out of style. A pair in classic black leather looks good with absolutely anything, and we love how the lug sole gives what would otherwise be a regular winter shoe some added personality and functionality.

Metallics

As timeless as neutrals and leather are, being able to wear bright colours and statement pieces is one of our favourite style choices for the bleak winter. Metallic hues are coming back in a big way, with brand names like Prada, Stella McCartney, Victoria Beckham, and Jil Sander adding metallics, shimmer, glitter, and studded details to their boots and other footwear, adding some playful fun to our everyday outfits.

Whether they’re mid-calf boots, oxfords, or flats, these make for a great winter party shoe.

Chunky Loafers

Chunky shoes have been on trend since last year in the form of boots and trainers, and they’re making an appearance again this season in the form of loafers. This style of loafers mixes traditional with modern, adding a bit more edge and interest to your typical polished outfit. 

Chunky loafers have found their way onto the AW21 catwalks of designer brand names like Max Mara, Dior, Prada Loewe, Bottega Veneta, and even more.

Slippers

Slippers have been making their way outside of the home these past two years, and that includes clogs. We’re loving how these comfy shoes have turned into dual-purpose footwear, easily making their way from home to a party seamlessly. Faux fur clogs are a practical statement shoe you can wear all winter long.


Final Note

We’re always excited for the different trends that pop up when the weather starts to change, and we’re really looking forward to the super fun shoes that are getting the spotlight this year. Whether you’re all for neutral practicality or high-fashion statements, there’s a trendy shoe waiting for you right now.

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Imani Jackson

Imani Jackson is a writer born, raised, and based in South London. She developed a keen eye for style through her habit of observing people’s clothes in the street every day. When she isn’t doing that, she likes to spend her time writing about the trends she sees, going out and dancing with the girls, or curating her R&B playlist for the next round of people-watching.

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