Looking Back: Top 10 Shoe Styles of 2015 for Him & Her

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2015 was a good year for footwear. While new styles gained fashion ground, older looks reemerged as cool comeback kids. So what better way to ring out the old and usher in the new than to take a walk down shoe memory lane? Here, we’ve compiled the top 10 styles of 2015 for both him and her, as chosen by you, our trendy ShoeBuyers!

Him:

Shoes for guys in 2015 meant business. Oxfords and loafers boasting clean lines and sharp details were all the rage, and easily transitioned from day to night, board to bar room. More men also began to embrace updated boot styles like chukka and Chelsea, while certain tried-and-trues, like Timberland’s PRO series, maintained their rightful top-ranking positions. Athletic shoes, from running sneakers to hiking shoes and hiking boots, were also popular, with brands such as Brooks and Merrell leading the pack.

Her:

The real star of 2015 shoe trends for women was the bootie. With its shorter, versatile design, gals of all ages embraced this fashion phenomenon. Sneakers, athletic and those of the slip-on and canvas varieties, were also popular, as athleisure became increasingly prevalent as a look in and of itself. Boots, including duck boots, classic UGG® and Sorel® favorites and riding boots remained cool weather staples, while oldie-but-goodie brands like Birkenstock and Dr. Martens reminded us that quality never goes out of style.

So there you have it: 2015 in shoes. Be sure to check back in the next few days as we take a look at upcoming trends for 2016!

We’d love to hear from you – which trend do you love best? Any from past years you wish would come back or hope to never see again? Share your favorite look or most embarrassing shoe faux pas story in the comments below!

Happy Holidays from ShoeBuy!

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We cannot believe this transformative year is already coming to an end… seasons changed, old styles went and new trends began, and our blog celebrated its very first birthday! We are so appreciative of all of our loyal ShoeBuyers who continuously inspire us to think outside of the box!

From our ShoeBuy family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a healthy New Year! We hope the miles your shoes have gone in 2015 have been full of good memories and laughter with the ones you love. Here’s to YOU, and to a fantastic 2016!

How To: Wear Fringe

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Fringe. You’ve seen it on the runways for the past few seasons and you’ve seen it pretty much everywhere else now too. From bags and boots to dresses and tops – and even to bangs – it’s clear that this is a trend to embrace and enjoy this season. We’ve pulled together a few of our favorites along with some styling ideas inspire you on how to add a little flair to your fall wardrobe below; take a look and get fringed this season.IG-Post-Fringe-Collage

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It’s In (On) the Bag: Accessories, especially bags, are a fantastic way to dabble in a trend and if you focus on quality, you often gain a great piece that you’ll love for many seasons to come regardless of the trends in play. Our favorites for the season combine beautiful leather and the season’s hottest hues, and we’ve picked a range of silhouettes so you can really find one that meets your style. Once you find that perfect match, the rest of the outfit will come naturally, as these bags can easily be dressed up or down!

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Styles from left to right: Vince Camuto Joni Drawstring | Frye Heidi Fringe Crossbody | Latico Colette 8918 | Jessica Simpson Blair Clutch

Fall for Flats: Flats remain a must have for every gal’s fall wardrobe. So this year, up your game with a pair that is right on trend; fringed flats will look great with a skirt and tights or paired with tailored pants for work, and of course with your favorite jeans. With just a touch of fringe, these styles will have you feeling fabulous without feeling like your look might be too trendy for work or a quick errand run.

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Boots, Booties and More Booties, Oh My! We’re all about the bootie this season, but when it comes to fringe, there are some knee-high styles that catch our eye. To pair with jeans (Style Tip: Try booties paired with cuffed jeans – perfect for the early season look!) and a cozy sweater, or your favorite fall dress, we’re loving each of these styles. Rest assured, you’ll be investing in something that you’ll be able to strut in style through the cooler weather, as spring approaches, and beyond, as we aren’t seeing fringe looks going anywhere anytime soon.

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Styles from left to right: Isola Tavora Fringe Knee High Boot | Ugg Mammoth Boot | Minnetonka 3 Layer Fringe Boot | Lucky Brand Banji Ankle BootBCBGeneration Capricorn Ankle Boot | Dolce Vita Juneau Fringe Ankle Boot

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Ready to add a little fringe to your fall wardrobe?  Shop now!

Celebrate Boot Month with a Chance to Win $500 Shopping Spree!

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October is officially here, or as we like to say here at ShoeBuy, #BootMonth has arrived.

From classic riding to Western-inspired, knee-high to booties, high-heel to flat, leather to suede, neutrals to all of the season’s rich hues – we love them all. So throughout the month of October, be sure to check in with us here on the blog,  follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook to see some of our favorites. We’ll be sharing insights on this season’s hottest trends and showcasing top styles from our experts so you can step up your boot game and step out this season in style.

Don’t wait to get inspired, check out some of our recent boot features:

And of course, don’t forget to enter the ShoeBuy #MyBootStyle Sweepstakes for your chance to win a $500 shopping spree – simply by showing off your favorite boot looks. Good luck!

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Top 10 Wide Calf Boots

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It’s boot season ladies and here at ShoeBuy, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. This year’s styles bring beautiful hues like deep cabernets and indigos together with warm suedes and rich leathers in a range of silhouettes and heel heights that could have you planning every outfit around your boots for months.

But for those of us with shapely calves and great leg muscles, finding the right boot can make boot shopping seem less like fun and more like work. The great news is that more brands than ever before have answered the call for beautiful styles with wide calf options. Whether you’re shopping for waterproof leather boots, classic riding boots, a colorful suede knee high boot or cowboy boots, you’re in luck this season. Take a look at our favorite picks:

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Row 1: Aerosoles With Pride Wide Calf Boot Frye Melissa Button Wide Calf | Franco Sarto Lapis Wide Calf Boot Life Stride Racey Wideshaft

Row 2: Ariat Singsong Cowgirl Wide Calf Boot  | Tommy Hilfiger Dalyn Boot Wide Calf | Trotters Larule Wide Calf | Rockport First Street Waterproof Gore Tall Boot Wide Calf

Row 3: Naturalizer Tanita Wide Calf Boot  | Sperry Top-Sider Cedar Wide Width 

Don’t forget to shop other styles too to find that perfect fit!

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Styles with goring will give a little to fit where you need extra room, and help the boot stay snug where you need a little less. They’re super easy to slip into, but you’re never going to want to take them off! The J. Renee Valik Wedge Tall Boot has all of our favorite features, and a silky black color to make it perfect to dress up or down.

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Lace-up styles allow you to tighten and loosen where you need it. Find a fit that makes you comfortable and ready to move. The cool part about lace-up styles: they look perfect paired with other fashion trends, like fringe! This Minnetonka Knee High Fringe Boot combines some of our favorite trends of the season into one fashionable lace-up!

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And of course, this season, you really can’t go wrong with booties to complement any look: they come in a range of styles, colors and fabrics, and look fantastic paired with everything from casual leggings and sweater to a dress and tights. Try picturing yourself in a pair of Earthies Sintra 2 Ankle Boots to complete your favorite jeans and tunic look!

Not sure if you need a wide calf fit or what to look for as you shop? Check out our blog post here for more info or shop our full our collection of wide calf boots with hundreds of styles to choose from!

Top 10 Brown Boots for Fall

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For fall 2015, brown is the new black! Whether it’s beige, tan, sand, or chocolate, we are seeing shades of brown at the top of the list when it comes to the boots shoppers are choosing this season. And to help guide you when it comes to grabbing a new pair of boots for the fall, today we’re sharing our top brown boot choices for men and women, each hand selected based on comfort, durability, and fashion. Take a look at our top picks below, and then shop for a pair of your own. Careful though, you may end up wanting to take the entire list home!

For Women

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 1. Frye Reina Bootie – Cute and comfy, these leather ankle booties are great companions for fun or relaxation! A well-crafted boot and rich color will surely help you stand out.

2. Steve Madden Nobel Bootie – You’ll slip on these stylish bootie-style sandals and never want to take them off!  An open-toe and open-heel help make these an on-trend statement.

3. Clarks Boylan Dawn Sleek and stylish, these booties are voted one of our most comfortable styles. Pair them with denim or complementing colors for a perfect fall look.

4. Bella Vita Esa Italy Tall Riding Boot A pair of tall boots is a must-have for any wardrobe, and these classic riding boots have the smooth style we love! With an adjustable strap, finding your fit will be a breeze.

5. Charles by Charles David Reed – Strut down the street in these over-the-knee suede boots that have a casual look to help you craft a flawless fall look.

6. Minnetonka Dixon Boot – With a distinct and decorative design, these comfy boots don a fashionable suede fabric, making them a great fall style.

7. Jack Rogers Bailee Boot – The rounded toe and short shaft of these ankle booties help make them such a cute choice, and the oak color seals the deal!

8. UGG Darling Seaweed Perf With perforated detail and a distressed stack heel, this boot has all the unique elements to help you stand out as you transition into cooler weather.

9. Fergie Footwear Towson Boot - You’ll find that fall fashion is easy with these western style boots, with a modern round toe and cutout detailing.

10. Lucky Brand Basel – With a little bit of sass and a huge amount of style, these rounded-toe leather ankle booties are great for everyday activities.

 

For Men

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1. The North Face Ballard II Chukka Boot Stroll down the city streets or hike up the mountainside in style with the support of these leather boots.

2. Boston Boot Co. Cambridge –  Whether you’re exploring the urban trails or enjoying some time with friends, these ruggedly handsome boots will ensure you’re out and about in style.

3. Clarks Desert Boot – An international classic, this leather and suede boot has timeless style, endless comfort, and the natural support your feet deserve.

4. Timberland Earthkeepers Originals 6″ BootTough and durable but with a soft, comfortable insole, these original boots are outdoor-tested and eco-friendly – made with recycled materials.

5. Sperry Top-Sider Avenue Duck Boot –  Don’t let any wet weather keep you indoors ! These duck boots will keep your feet dry and cozy on those rainy fall days.

6. Steve Madden Hestonn Keep it casual and step into fall with a great new pair of chukka boots. With such a classic look turned modern, they’re easy to dress up for work or down for a night at the neighborhood bar.

7.  Rockport Charson Lace Up – Try a style that can really support you all day long. With sport technology cushioning, lace  them up and your feet will be forever thankful.

8. Eastland SenecaWith classic fall appeal, these hand-sewn boots have some added padding to make sure your feet are extra comfortable.

9. Red Wing Heritage 1907 – Double Welt 6″ Moc Toe Boot – It’s all in the great construction with this boot: wear them for work or just because you love the way they look, your feet will feel fantastic either way!

10. Skechers Revine Hopkin – Outclass and outlast the chilly weather with these durable mid-calf boots. With a casual look and a comfortable insole, you’ll have a great fit for all your fall and winter needs!
Are you ready to reboot your style for the fall? Find more fun and fashionable brown boots here!

Mule Time: Top 7 Open Backed Shoes for Fall

 

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And while mules will most definitely be a trendy and fashionable choice during the autumn months, they are also super comfortable. There are options available in almost every height, and with both open and closed-toes, making it easy for you to find a pair to match your style. We’ve selected seven of our favorite mules below, but first, here are a few tips on how to style them from ShoeBuy’s Merchandising Manager and style expert, Courtney Barry:

“Mules are the hip, trendy sister of the clog. With the 70’s trending majorly from head to toe, the mule has emerged on the footwear runways. We are all thankful for a Fall footwear trend that is comfortable and can be worn by all! Not only can you wear them all day long, you can also pretty much wear them with anything in your closet – from a casual weekend outfit of sweaters and jeans, to a nighttime look with a denim dress.”

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Have you jumped on the mule bandwagaon yet? Shop our full collection of mules here and then get out and pick some apples, carve some pumpkins, and enjoy the beautiful fall weather!

3 Ways to Wear Your Birkenstocks

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Comfort is cool again. Birkenstocks, which have long been referred to as “those grunge sandals from the 90s” are officially making a comeback and are more hip than ever. And not only are Birks back in the fashion game, but they are available in several new colors and styles to choose from. From daytime to evening looks, here are our favorite ways to kick back this summer in the most comfortable pair of shoes in your closet.

Distressed to Impress

Pair your Birks with your favorite distressed jeans! Whether your denim is black or blue, this look has already been given the fashion seal of approval be the likes of trend-setters like Heidi Klum and Jessica Alba.

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White on White

Of all of Birkenstocks’ color options, white is one of our all-time favorites. And we love how crisp and fresh they look when paired with a white summer outfit.

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All Dressed up

Give your favorite dress a laid-back look with a pair of Birkenstocks, or pair these sandals with a leather skirt and clutch for a killer high-fashion combo. To make even more of a statement, try a metallic pair!

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Are you on board with this must-have summer wardrobe staple? Shop our full Birkenstock collection here.

15 Style Picks for 2015

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We’re ready for a new year and new styles, how about you? Check out our top 15 style picks for 2015.

1. Converse Chuck Taylor
The timeless classic

2. Minnetonka Fringe Bootie
The trendy statement bootie

3. Timberland Earthkeeper
The rugged leather boot

4. Lucky Brand Emmie
The casual ballet flat

5. Stride Rite
The shoe you know she’ll love

6.  Asics Gel Kayano Womens & Men’s 
The legendary running sneaker that keeps getting better. And in men’s too

7. Franco Sarto Hawk
The dress-me-up, dress-me-down flat

8. Frye Reina Bootie
The bootie you’ll dream about

9. Jack Rogers Navajo
The warm-weather must-have

10. New Balance
The running shoe you’ll love to lace up

11. Keds Canvas
The canvas sneaker every gal should own

12. Saucony Ride
Runner’s World Editor’s Choice

13. Boston Boot
The new chukka on the block

14. Dansko Pro
The shoe that works it

15. Birkenstock
The comeback kid of 2014 is here to stay