Read our round-up to the trending Autumn-Winter 2020 shoe and boot styles for every occasion for the colder months from days of falling leaves through to the new year
The seasonal shift of shorter days signals the return of knitwear and boot weather. The cold temperatures play havoc with our comfort and Irish winters can be truly unpredictable making it very hard to know what shoes to invest in against the rainy and chilly days. For the Autumn-Winter 2020 season, trends show a stylish mix of practicality, inspiring details, and chic cosiness. We’ve put together this Top 10 list of A-W2020’s must-have styles so you can make the right pair yours and get your shoe wardrobe winter-ready now.
These boots were made for more than walking and we’re happy to report that chunky boots continue their reign for the fall and winter months. While these sturdy boots are most popular for their grunge associations, they’re not just for stomping. Combat reigns supreme on our feet and they’re just as striking whether you team them with a floaty floral dress or layer up a skinny cuffed jean with a long wool coat for low-key minimalist style. The newest styles are a chic nod to all-terrain footwear, even if you’re just headed on a walk with a takeaway coffee.
Victorian-inspired lace-up boots will glam up an outfit whether you’re headed to work or your taste leans towards vintage. The modern take on lace-up boots combines stitched detailing with a sleek side-zip so you can enjoy a secure fit. With gorgeous glowing leather and a narrow oval toe, this year’s lace-up boots are both nostalgic and fashion forward.
This is a decade that never goes out of style. 2020 does ‘that 70s vibe’ perfectly with soft suede textures, carefree slouch-styles, and a palette of earthy tones. You can play up a monochromatic black outfit with a chunky relaxed style that works as an everyday staple or why not upgrade your bohemian tan basics with a glossy finish? This time around, the details are decidedly modern so you can wear them round-the-clock: you’ll stay warm and your footwear won’t feel stuffy.
Harpers Bazaar reports that loafers and lace-ups were all over the fashion runways and they say these polished pieces, “Feel right at home as we enter September.” The latest iterations are less ‘school daze’ and more grown up and fabulous with precision details. You’ll make an impact in these shoes with the winning features of opulent suede, textured leather, and structured chunky soles. We envision these working throughout the chilly months as a hero piece for both workwear and play. Contemporary styling calls for sheer patterned tights and a mod A-line skirt or a sharply tailored cropped trouser and blazer.
2020 has been described as a year for discovering our local environment and the great outdoors is a hot trend. Thanks to the ‘Gorpcore’ aesthetic, you’ll be beating the chill and able to lean into the hiking mindset even if you’re not conquering a mountain. These elegant and supportive Autumn/Winter pieces will be your go-to for understated, flexible fashion. They look just as good for a day out in the country as they do on a snowy city staycation -- just add a chunky cardigan and statement accessories.
One of the most popular trends of the last few years, athleisure clothing and footwear is the definition of a modern classic. Equal parts statement and streamlined, the A-W2020 offerings remind us why exquisite sneakers and trainers deserve a place in every wardrobe. Let the shoes speak for themselves with a straight leg blue jean and a fitted sweater that you can sharpen up with a tweed blazer. On icy days, you can amp up the ‘sprezzatura’ of a relaxed athleisure outfit with a neutral pair of glitter socks.
The retro sweetness of the Mary Jane heel is back! Bringing the sophistication that can get lost due to puffy coats, this timeless style will see you through to spring. Femininity is refreshed with scalloping, buckles and suede that make the 2020 Mary Jane a standout trend. We love to wear these as a special occasion piece with a black dress or as the glam yet wearable accent to a white blouse and high-waisted trousers.
One of the most hardworking pieces of every wardrobe, a new style of ankle boots will take you near and far. This Autumn and Winter, pull-on Chelsea boots are elevated with a block heel for go-anywhere comfort that will see you from day to night. Ankle boot silhouettes are also a focus with effortless zip-fasten options balanced with a cone heel. These booties are an irresistible silhouette and work year-round with knits now and dresses come sunny days.
One way to make any outfit stunning is to work in a pair of statement boots. From embellishment to rich pop colours, you can’t be accused of being boring and you’ll definitely stand out in a crowd. These boots go one step further with unexpected additions like buttons, contrasting fabrics, textures, and distinctive heel heights that make them wearable yet sartorially daring.
You can’t deny the appeal of a streamlined platform boot, particularly when they give optimal comfort as well! Less costume and more vogue, this season’s platform boots offer height while taking pressure off your feet. They’re also a surprisingly versatile statement piece that you’ll reach for again and again. We have to give bonus points for how they give your feet a rest at the same time, too.