Looking Forward: Shoe Trends for 2016

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As much fun as it was looking back on all the great shoe styles from 2015, it’s even more exciting to take a peak at upcoming trends for the New Year! 2016 promises to take things up a notch when it comes to footwear, with interesting new designs and materials, bold colors and patterns, and edgier silhouettes coming our way. Here, our style experts weigh in on the hottest trends to keep an eye out for this year, and their top picks for each that are ready for the taking now on shoebuy.com!

Sneakers

We already saw an increase in the popularity of sneakers over the past few months, and this year, expect them to be all the rage. What’s new about the latest styles, however, are their innovative designs and use of materials like leather, suede, and canvas. Some retro, others almost futuristic, these aren’t your standard kicks. White sneakers in particular are positioned to thrive in 2016, so be sure to get your hands on a crisp pair.

Futuristic

And speaking of the future, another new trend to watch out for are ultramodern features and original shapes and colors adorning everything from slip-ons to stilettos. From studs and cutouts to stripes and sliver detailing, the shoe styles for 2016 may reach beyond this galaxy.

Pastels & Floral

If you’re feeling intimidated by these eclectic looks, rest assured, there are softer upcoming trends as well. Pastels are coming in hot and floral patterns are just as sweet, adding the perfect amount of pretty to your spring wardrobe.

Suede

Lush materials like suede always look good in clean, well-structured silhouettes. For boots, slightly understated styles that evoke a western vibe with a bit more simplicity than the classic cowboy boot steal the show, and fringe proves it’s here to stay. For flats, the pointer the toe the better, adding finesse especially when paired with a wooden or cork sole/heel – another hot trend for 2016.

Slides & Mules

Also carryovers from last year, slides and mules aren’t going anywhere soon. Up the ante with a bold print or killer heel, and look for distinguishing features such as studs, zippers, and buckles to really stand out.

Flatforms

While not a fit for every fashion fancy, there’s no denying this new trend is one to behold. Whether in low flatform or tall, a pair will add high fashion glamour to your spring/summer wardrobe – or better yet, try them out first on a winter getaway someplace warm.

Open-Toe Bootie

2016 confirms the bootie as a must-have for every season with the debut of an open toe. Easily dressed up or down, get ready to show off your pedicure all year long.

Which trends are you most excited to wear in 2016? Any from past years you wish would come back or hope to never see again? Share your favorite look or best shoe faux pas story with us in the comments below!

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!

Blogger Spotlight: Merrick White of Merrick’s Art

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In celebration of #bootmonth, we’ve partnered with the amazing Merrick White of @merricksart to help us style some of this season’s best boots. Merrick will share her complete looks and tips this weekend on our Instagram so be sure to check them out.

We hope you’ll be as inspired and excited by her genuine, effortless style and classic pairings as we are.

Here’s a sneak preview:

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Shop Merrick’s Sperry Duck Boots here.

Featured look: Charles by Charles David Reed 

Top Boots and Booties under $100

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When it comes to shopping, we all love a great value. And when it comes to shoe shopping – especially during boot season! – we know that sometimes, one pair is not enough. So we asked our style experts to pick some of their favorite boots and booties for the season that you can add to your wardrobe without going over your budget for the season.

From rich textures, colors and details to the best silhouettes of the season, we’re not sure you’ll be able to stop a just one pair; then again, with all of these fantastic boots available for under $100, why should you?

Bootie Up

Booties are everywhere this season, and with good reason. They’re versatile enough for any occasion and these affordable styles bring all of the best trends we’re seeing out there to the forefront – though we suspect you’ll be showing these off for many seasons to come.

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Circus by Sam Edelman Bond High Heel Bootie | Franco Sarto Refrain Bootie | Naturalizer Transform Ankle Boot |  Lucky Brand Garboh Bootie | Steve Madden Grahaam Bootie

Go Tall

Tall boots are simply classic, and no closet is complete without a few pairs — we know, we’re a little biased on this topic, but we suspect you’ll agree. The real question is, can you really find great, high-quality tall boots from this season under $100? YES! Here are a few of our favorites that will freshen up your wardrobe and also will keep your budget on track.

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A2 by Aerosoles High Ride | Bella Vita Transit II | Fergalicious Rita Tall Boot | Life Stride Maximize Riding Boot | Minnetonka 3 Layer Fringe Boot | Rocket Dog Dixie Riding Boot

Be Weather-Ready

From rain to snow to just plain old cold weather, you want to be prepared, but you also want to look great too. We get it and so we have a few picks to set you off in style, no matter what the upcoming months may bring your way.

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Kamik Jennifer Rainboot | The SAK Josie Ankle Boot | Tommy Hilfiger Arcadia Winter Boot | The North Face Thermoball Lace 8″

Love the featured look? Get it here!

Browse more great boots and booties in our  full collection of boots under $100!

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!