When it’s freezing outside, we tend to find ourselves automatically reaching for the warmest, fuzziest pair of boots we own. It’s not that we forget there are other types of shoes, per se—it’s just that, when temperatures start to drop, sometimes we go into wardrobe autopilot (blame brain freeze from those colder temps). But, like many of you, I’m fully dedicated to fashion, so I’ve gathered the best alternative shoes that still keep our toes toasty yet add some options to our everyday look.
test-drive the color of the season with bright red shoes
There’s something about colorful heels that makes them incredibly versatile. Feeling casual? Use them to dress up a pair of straight-leg jeans. Heading to a holiday party? Wear them with a dress for a more formal look. The possibilities are endless.
stay grounded with embroidered loafers
Rich florals are all the rage right now, so bring this popular print to street level with a twist on classic loafers. They instantly pull your look together, and the fun embroidered pattern adds extra flair. Throw on some black skinnies for a foolproof combo that’s comfortable to boot.
take your #ootd to new heights with shiny platforms
If you’re looking to take a simple outfit to the next level, these shoes should be your top choice. If the platforms aren’t enough statement for you, choose a pair with extra shine. We love styling these with a denim-on-denim look for ultimate fall vibes.
add a minimal touch with suede heels
Sure, heels aren’t the most sensible shoes for cold weather, but what’s life without a little risk? Make them fall-appropriate by choosing a darker color in a warm material like suede. Wear them with thick tights or long pants to ensure maximum warmth.
amp up your athleisure with satin sneakers
Never underestimate the power of unusual sneakers to make comfort look cool. Worried tennis shoes are too boring? Go with a classic pairing in unexpected colors, like black jeans and shiny pink kicks. It’ll serve as the perfect base layer for the rest of your weekend look.
remix your sandals by adding fishnets
On a warmer day, try this fun sock-and-shoe combination. A pair of fishnets with these red strappy heels can be worn with a pair of flared pants or a black dress for an eye-catching addition to a simple outfit. Whichever look you choose, it’s an easy class-to-party transition.
What’s your favorite boot alternative for fall? Let us know in the comments below!
Featured photo by @alexlcove.