6 pairs of shoes your closet needs in 2016
Ready to step into 2016 with style?
The runways have been previewing what shoe trends will be leaving their stylish footprints on 2016. Get ready to greet ballet-inspired ankle ribbons (a softer alternative to gladiator sandals), pointy heels as well as metallics, especially silver. Oh, and, sneakers? They’re getting a fancy makeover. Designers like Rag & Bone, Tommy Hilfiger and Alexander Wang have flaunted glammed-up sneaker styles — with design details like open backs and luxe upper materials.
Make room on your shoe rack because here are 6 must-have styles for 2016 and all are under $75.
These boots are made for commuting:
February and March can present extra sloshy work commutes. Conquer the commuter challenge with a boot that will keep your feet dry on your way into the office, but still look professional enough for the workday. We like to think of these Jeffrey Campbell ‘Clima’ Chelsea Rain Boots as a 2-in-1. They’re waterproof boots that can handle the rain, snow and slush. But, the shiny patent and block heel makes them a perfect pairing for work trousers or a dress-and-tights combo. Jeffrey Campbell ‘Clima’ Chelsea Rainboot, $54.95 (plus Cash Back), Nordstrom.com
Think of metallics as a new neutral. They pair beautifully with spring’s pastels, but also complement jewel tones and give a shimmer to more muted earthy colors. The runways are especially favoring silver this year, so you can expect to see the popular metallic on pumps, slides and sandals. These silver brogues are sure to put a little extra pep in your step. London Rebel Silver Barnaby Brogues, on sale $55 (plus Cash Back), ASOS.com
Lace ‘em up:
Combine two of the year’s best trends on one shoe: Pointed toes with ballet-inspired lace-ups. Let the delicate lace-up on these Steve Madden flats play peek-a-boo on your ankles with a pair of looser-fitting boyfriend jeans that have rolled-up cuffs or, come spring, pair with a patterned fit-and-flare dress. Steve Madden Lecrew, $69.95 (plus Cash Back), SteveMadden.com
The athleisure trend (think: athletic wear that is a lil’ bit fancy, but most definitely comfortable) has made its way to footwear. These mid-top sneakers get a glamorous dose of gold glitter — but still are a little bit rugged with hardware and lace-ups. We love them with elastic ankle sweats and a V-neck tee-shirt for the ultimate cool-girl combo. G by Guess Opall11 Mid-top Sneaker, 44.95 (plus Cash Back), DSW.com
Give your feet a break from heels in a pair of flats that are just as pretty. We’re spotting lots of new trends on flats this year from embellishments to color-blocking to tassels. Among the latest and greatest? Scalloped trims along the foot opening that add an interesting detail. Scalloped Pointy Ballet Flats, $18 (plus Cash Back), OldNavy.com
Classic riding boots will be around year-after-year, making them a great investment. Now — with retailers getting ready to load up their shoe racks with sandals and warm-weather footwear — it’s a great time to shop boots, which tend to be on sale. Wear these cognac riding boots over your favorite pair of skinny jeans with a flannel and puffer vest for the perfect winter outfit. They’ll remain a style staple year-after-year. LC Lauren Conrad Women’s Knee-High Heeled Boots, $69.99 (plus Cash Back), Kohls.com