Along with winter comes frigid temperatures, snow and sleet, so a cute pair of flats just won’t cut it unless you want frozen ankles. But finding the perfect shoes for cold weather without sacrificing style can be a difficult task. They need to be versatile, not treacherous during inclement weather — and ideally, comfortable.
Luckily, winter shoe options go farther than just boots nowadays. To prove it, lifestyle expert Jenn Falik joined TODAY with Hoda & Jenna to share some of the season's biggest shoe trends. From a new twist on shearling to chunky soles, Falik has something to suit all kinds of style tastes.
Whether you want classic or trendy, we also rounded up winter boots you'll want to add to your wardrobe, for everything from the office to dinner out with friends.
Keep scrolling to see loafers, vintage-style sneakers, boots and more winter shoes you'll want to try.
- Winter shoe trends as seen on TODAY
- Booties for women
- Mid-calf boots for women
- Knee-high boots for women
Winter shoe trends as seen on TODAY
You may be used to seeing this cozy fabric on jackets and slippers but Falik says shearling is popping up everywhere in all kinds of footwear, which gives your shoes an instant upgrade.
These classic loafers get an added touch of winter flair. The shearling also lines the inner portion to make them super warm and cozy.
Birkenstocks have been having a moment and this pair is perfect for the winter. Coming in four different colors, the entire sandal is lined with genuine-shearling, says the brand.
If you're looking for that classic cozy boot, look no further than this option from Calia. Featuring a fur-lined folded collar, the brand says these boots have an "ortholite insole" for the ultimate comfort.
Falik loves the old school soccer-style sneakers because they're versatile and give the everyday shoe a more streamlined silhouette. She suggests pairing the style with leggings, jeans or trendy trouser pants.
The brand says this canvas pair has a "throwback" design with the pop of red and blue stripes. Plus, the sneakers feature a cushioned footbed for added comfort.
If you're looking for a classic all white sneaker, this option has almost 9,000 Amazon reviews. One verified reviewer wrote, "it is lightweight and comfortable for a casual, leisure shoe. If you are also looking for sneakers with a slight vintage twist, these are the shoes for you!"
If you're looking for something modern and new, Falik says this trend can transform your winter wardrobe. Although they're everything but subtle, she says metallics can also be considered a neutral tone and tend to go with everything in your closet.
You'll stand out on snow days with these metallic silver snow boots. According to the brand, the boots are waterproof to keep your feet dry, have an anti-slip sole and are lined with a cozy interior for extra warmth.
Elevate any outfit with a pair of bedazzled ankle boots. They even come in tons of fun different colors, from classic silver to fuchsia.
Heavy and lug sole shoes
Falik says this trend not only looks effortlessly cool but also gives you that extra height for wide-leg pants or flare jeans. It is fashion and function all rolled into one, says Falik.
For a vintage look, these boots feature a chunky wood-style platform and hit just below the calf. And you can even choose from several earthy hues in faux-leather or suede!
A pair of chunky loafers are perfect for the office and add a sophisticated touch to any outfit. You can even wear them with socks to look ultra-trendy for those extra chilly days.
The classic converse high-top gets an added lift with these lugged soles. One verified reviewer bought them for his wife who said they're perfect for the season, and that she "loves them and [they're] great for wet winter walks or when raining."
According to Falik, you no longer have to save embellishments and a bit of sparkle for special occasions. "Whether the details are more subtle, like studs or grommets or eye catching glitter, a go-to pair of shoes with a touch of embellished whimsy is a winter win!" says Falik.
These embellished sneakers are decked out in rhinestones and even feature that chunky lugged sole, so you get two trends in one!
For a more subtle take on the trend, these clogs feature a studded-design. The brand says you'll get an extra two inches of height with it's wooden and rubber-soled heel.
Coming in a variety of shades to suit all types of taste, these backless heels feature a crystal strap to give you a touch a glamour.
More winter boots to shop
Booties for women
With a relaxed moto vibe, comfy low block heel and dual zippers, these easy booties check all the boxes for a casual, everyday shoe. They’re even available in a wide fit.
Available in five colors, these refined, dressed up combat boots have lace-up detailing along with side zippers, so taking them off after a long day is a breeze. The low heel also makes all-day wear comfy.
Waterproof, shearling-lined and with a little edge — seriously, what more could you ask for out of a winter boot? These revisit '90s grunge and kick it up a notch.
Brush off the winter blahs with impossibly comfortable boots. Available in seven color combinations, these have high-rebound cushioning, so you’ll never want to take them off.
Mid-calf boots for women
Chelsea boots are incredibly versatile, and these chunky platform sole numbers — available in black and white — are no exception. Think trendy, but accessible.
For boots that will speak volumes about your sartorial choices, invest in these slouchy pull-ons with a vintage vibe.
The perfect pick-me-up on a grey winter day? New boots, obviously. We love these square toe, vegan leather, easy zip boots. Reviewers also rave about how comfortable they are.
Knee-high boots for women
This stepped-top riding boot with a low 1” heel and elasticized back will become the breakout star of your wardrobe. Quick fit note: These guys run small so order a half size up.
If you like a little height on your boots, these are for you. The pull-on style has a thick wrapped 3 2/5” leather heel, and they come in synthetic leather or suede in six colors.
Warm up to winter with these stretchy, easy-to-walk-in suede boots with an almond toe. Reviewers love that the stretchy material works with narrower calves.