We’ve been tracking the biggest shoe trends of 2023 closely. On the S/S 23 runways, we saw the rise of all things pretty, the kick start of ballet core, the return of pumps, and the big return of cool Mary Janes. On the F/W 23 runways, red took over, pointed heels made a huge impact, fuzzy faux fur was a talking point, and embellishments added an undeniable editorial element to the shoe sphere.
Now that winter 2023 has arrived, we are seeing shoe trends take on yet another direction as recent styles are dropping on the market. While many of these trends are an evolution of the styles we have been tracking all year, there are also some new players in the space. Patent leather is picking up even more momentum, ‘90s-inspired styles show signs that the emphasis on minimalism from the decade isn’t slowing down, and other trends are getting some seasonal updates. Ahead, the most important winter shoes trends to know for 2023.
Sleek boots with sharply-pointed toes are one of the key silhouettes of the season. The elegant shape of the tapered boots is arriving in both knee-high and ankle versions that pair perfectly with a range of looks from dresses and outerwear to jeans and trousers. ’90s minimalism is continuing strong this winter and this trend confirms that.
We have seen patent leather return in a major way, most notably in the shoe department. Brands including Saint Laurent have brought the glossy material with pieces including the sought-after Lee heels and it’s a trend that is permeating the market elsewhere. While we have been seeing the rise of patent leather shoes, the pieces seem especially primed for holiday season.
Embellished heels really kicked off during fashion month as pieces such as Prada’s floral-adorned shoes took off on the street style scene. The momentum for the pieces isn’t slowing down. In fact, it’s picking up as the style set is snapping up statement-making accessories.
With the rise of corportate attire on the runways recently, we also saw the return of pumps. While the shoe is a classic style that is predominantly trend-averse, we’re seeing directional takes on the pump. Versions in patent leather and styles with architectural kittens heels feel especially on point.
We can easily say that 2023 was the year of the ballet flat resurgence. While summer brought on mesh styles, winter is all about classic Chanel versions and cool Mary Jane styles. Alaïa just released a pre-order for the brand’s in-demand suede pair finished with micro grommets and I would recommend ordering them before they again sell out yet again.
Another winter, another loafer. It’s a winter staple! While in past years we’ve seen chunky styles and penny loafers win out, this time around it’s all about the high-shine finish—whether in patent or a super-glossy leather.
The F/W 23 runway collections at Khaite, Gucci, and Burberry pointed to the faux fur shoe trend and it’s arriving in a major way this winter. Whether in boot or heel version, the trend is thriving and it’s up to you to determine which version plays a role in your wardrobe this season.