As we head into the festive season it’s the perfect time to update your wardrobe with a few key pieces of footwear that will come in handy for both the big day itself and of course not forgetting all those fun parties and evenings out. Christmas gives you the perfect excuse to dress up and treat your feet to something a little bit sparkly or smart. The festive period also gives you the chance to treat yourself and the kids to a cosy new pair of slippers to keep your feet warm during those cold, Winter evenings, whether it is a traditional or fun novelty style.
If you have some time, why not put a couple of days aside with the kids to decorate your own Christmas shoes, this can be great fun and the will keep the kids occupied during the holidays. Make it into a bit of a Christmas Day competition, use tinsel, sequins and pom poms to create a kitsch pair of festive shoes then get a family member to judge them on the day. If you simply don’t have time to do this, we know it’s a busy time of year after all, you can always choose a style with a festive design and go with that, these tend to be mainly slippers so they make the perfect stocking filler or are great for keeping feet snug on Christmas Eve.
Don’t forget, if there is a style you have had your eye on now is the perfect time to ask for it, perhaps you have seen a boot style that you want to style up for Winter or maybe there is a glam pair of heels you want to wear for a NYE party! Try and take into account that the Spring season is a little way off so a pair of boots will come in handy during the cold months.
We’ve whittled it down and chosen our top 10 styles for men and women that are perfect for that Christmas period…
Women’s Top Ten Shoes to Get For Christmas
The Over-Knee Boot
For style and warmth throughout the season make it a pair of over the knee boots. This is one style that screams glamour and the best bit is they are guaranteed to keep your legs and feet super warm. Choose from suede effect material or a style with a bit of detailing such as a full length zip.
They can be dressed up or down depending on your mood, for a casual look pull them on over your skinny jeans or leggings and add a cosy knit for warmth. Got a night out coming up, simply add them to a swing dress alongside a statement necklace for a look that is straight out of the sixties, if you are heading to a party throw a fur coat over the top to keep you warm against the elements.
The Heeled Ankle Boot
Over the festive period it’s nice to rock a bit of a glamorous look that can take you from the office to that Christmas party. A heeled ankle boot is not only perfect for work but play also and as a versatile style it will go with everything in your wardrobe. If you have a party after work, team them with a black or seasonal red skater dress and your good to go, don’t forget to add a slick of lippy. Picking out styles with eye-catching materials or a different finish such as suede or patent will add an interesting touch to your look.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a good pair of snuggly slippers. Whether you treat yourself to some or you get gifted a pair they are handy to have around, not only to keep you warm and cosy but also as welcome relief after of dancing. Choosing a pair of bootie slippers is the way to go if you want something a bit fashionable, with trendy colours and patterns these will feel super soft against your feet.
A full slipper offers durability and keeps your feet safe; they won’t slip off your feet when you are walking up and down the stairs. As they are normally padded and soft lined they feel amazing on your feet after a busy day. Slippers not your thing? Check out our slipper socks that are great for wearing in bed on those extra cold nights.
For relaxed gatherings over the Christmas period you want a shoe that is comfy and easy to wear, heels after all are not always the comfiest shoes to wear. A pair of loafers will not only give you a bang on trend look, they keep your feet comfy too. Add them to cigarette pants, cosy knit and frilly socks for a casual look or pair them with thick tights and tartan skirt for a slightly dressier look. Loafers are well renowned for being one of the comfiest styles out there, so don’t miss out, give them a try for those relaxed get togethers this Christmas.
There is nothing more essential when the Winter weather comes around than a good pair of wellies, they are perfect for splashing in muddy puddles with the kids and long leisurely walks after a festive pub lunch with the family. Choose from a range of bright, bold colours and patterns to cheer up those dull, grey days. Wellies can be worn with most outfits in your wardrobe, to keep feet extra warm pair them with thick tights or thick socks. Come rain or snow, they are the footwear to have.
The Ballet Flats
Look stylish at indoor family gatherings with a pair of classic ballerinas. Ballerinas are anything but boring especially if you pick out styles with interesting detailing. A pair of black ballerinas with some glitzy detailing will add an understated glamorous touch to your look, want a bit more sparkle? Choose a pair that includes bows, studs or diamante’s. Not to worry if black isn’t your colour, simply mix things up and choose navy blue or a metallic shade. Ballerinas are super comfy and versatile, which means you can wear them with skinny jeans or a dress and still have a party ready look.
The Party Shoe
Christmas is the perfect excuse for dressing up to the nines and wearing something special or perhaps daring. Every woman needs a good pair of party shoes in her wardrobe to give her that fashionable edge when it comes to those festive gatherings. The choice out there is huge and you are bound to find something to go with your favourite party dress.
Go for a bold, bright coloured dress and add a pair of dainty, sparkly black sandals into the mix or go for full on sparkle and team metallic platforms with a sequin dress. One trend that is set to be huge this season is velvet so take some inspiration from the gothic look and style a velvet dress in a rich burgundy or emerald hue with a pair of simple court shoes or for a dramatic look, a pair of velvet peep toe shoe boots.
Perfect for parties when you can’t face those heels anymore, it has to be said too much partying in heels can really make your feet ache, if you have a lot of parties over this festive period make sure you mix things up and alternate between wedges and heels, not only will your feet thank you for it but you can create a new look for each party.
Wedges are easier to walk in than most people think and you will love the extra bit of height they give you without leaving your feet damaged. Choose a classic black pair to add a subtle hint of elegance to your outfit but don’t be afraid to embrace some colour and detail. Wedges look amazing when styled with your favourite party dress or a pair of smart trousers, you can’t go wrong.
The Snow Boot
Just in case we get a white Christmas (fingers crossed!) a pair of snow boots is a must have to have knocking around in your Winter wardrobe. When the weather changes it’s always better be to prepared than end up with wet soggy feet. Snow Boots are super warm and cosy which is fantastic when the temperature drops. The grip sole gives you that extra bit of reassurance when tackling icy surfaces and any padding only adds to that.
Snow boots are best purchased slightly larger so you can wear thick tights or socks for added warmth. They will go with most outfits but if its cold stick to a warm coat, thick jumper and those all-important accessories such as hat, scarf and gloves. As the snow can turn a little slushy and muddy it’s best to try and pick out a darker colour boot that won’t show off the dirt so much.
For working off that Christmas turkey in the New Year. Every year we all make the promise to ourselves to get fit and start back at the gym, so in 2017 why not really do it. Treat yourself to a new pair of trainers and get to it. Bright, lightweight trainers will make running a breeze. Ditch the drive to work and hit the ground running instead, if running isn’t your thing then simply walking for thirty minutes a day can be fantastic exercise.
Pick from lace up or slip on trainers depending on the sport you’ll be doing and always make sure they are secured to your feet properly to avoid any accidents. Want to inject a bit of personality into your sportswear? Pick our bright colours and bold patterns for a look that personal to you.
Men’s Top Ten Shoes to Get For Christmas
The Desert Boot
Is perfect for festive drinks with your mates; it’s a classic boot that will take you from the office to the pub without having to put too much thought into it. Desert boots are a really versatile style that will look great with anything you pair them with, from your favourite jeans to chinos for work, even a suit. It’s about wearing them with confidence, the best bit about this style is they are super comfy so you can enjoy the night without achy feet. Mix up your look by moving away from classic black and instead embrace some colour in the dreary Winter months with burgundy, green, blue and tan.
The Slip On
For stay at home days a pair of slip on shoes are super easy and practical to wear. They can be slipped on and will offer you maximum comfort when you have people pop over during the festive period. Go for a pair in classic black or bring a warm tone to your look with brown and tan hues. There are some slip on styles that are super lightweight which offers even more comfort, whatever style you go for make sure these are on your Christmas wardrobe list.
The Dress Shoe
As a stylish man it’s important to have a dress shoe on hand for those last minute gatherings or even better, your works Christmas party. Looking smart for the office is important but if you have an office party afterwards you can kill two birds with one stone by simply wearing the correct footwear. A pair of dress shoes will create a sleek modern finish that will look good with your suit or jeans. Go for a classic style such as brogues or a smart lace up style. Pick out different colours and for maximum style always go for a leather shoe.
The Snow Boot
For those days when the drive needs shovelling you’re going to need a good pair of durable, cosy snow boots. Perhaps you want to take the kids sledging then these boots are for you. With a tough grip sole to keep you steady on your feet teamed with a padded exterior and cosy lining you can rest assured these boots are made for those bleak conditions. Wear with thick socks for added warmth, jeans and a waterproof coat. If you’re worried about dirtying them up, choose a pair in black and simply wipe clean. If you are looking for something extra cosy, a pair with a fur collar is for you.
The Chelsea Boot
Be ready for those last minute parties with a pair of cool Chelsea boots, this is a classic style that will give you a smart look whatever the occasion this festive period. It’s those last minute thrown together parties or drinks in the cosy pub that make Christmas such an exciting time, everybody is in a great mood and it’s the perfect chance to meet up with old and new friends.
For a super slick look, team a pair of black or brown Chelsea boots with a fitted suit, for a more casual affair they look just as good styled with jeans and a tailored shirt. If you want a style that is bang on trend this season, look for boots with brogue detailing and different textures.
The Walking Boot
Perfect for any snow treks you might need to embark on or perhaps to keep you vertical on slippy surfaces. Walking boots are perfect for chucking in the boot of the car, you never know in the Winter when you will need them, as we all know the Great British weather has a tendency to change at the drop of a hat. If you walk to work, why not pop your office shoes in your bag and stick a pair of these on your feet, you can rest assured they will be tough enough to tackle any frosty or icy surface and the best bit is, they will keep your feet super warm! Result!
Over that bust Christmas period, it’s easy to just stay indoors, if however you are like us, it will only be so long before cabin fever sets in, throw on a pair of walking boots and get walking with the rest of the family after dinner or get out there yourself and walk the dog, the fresh air will do you the world of good. Don’t forget to look for styles with a tough grip sole and padded collar for extra comfort.
Always prepare for the rain; it’s not always guaranteed there will be a white Christmas. Wellies are an absolute must have for your Winter wardrobe, they are durable and long lasting making them one of those styles you just can’t live without. From walking the dog and family outings to the commute to work, a pair of wellies is a lifesaver when the bad weather hits. It’s more than likely if it’s not snowing it will be raining so it’s better to be prepared. With a durable, grip sole and a waterproof outer, these boots are the only style you need to tackle the wet, slippy surfaces. Don’t forget to invest in some thick socks for added warmth.
The ultimate accessory for vegging out on Boxing Day, keeps your feet toasty and comfy! After the excitement of Christmas Day which can be very busy and full on, it’s nice to know once Boxing Day comes around you can relax and slob out in front of the TV should you wish to. For all that relaxing there is only one style you need to pop on your feet and that is a pair of slippers.
Whether you’re into full, traditional slippers for maximum comfort or something fun such as a novelty slipper, Boxing Day wouldn’t be the same without a pair and they will last you well into the Winter. Choose cosy materials such as shearling and faux-fur for complete comfort, all you need to do then is pick a film, grab a cuppa and mince pie, then cosy up in front of the fire and relax!
Christmas is definitely a time to be treating ourselves and indulging in those foods we want, however when it comes to the New Year the urge to hit the gym and get fit is overwhelming. If you find yourself wanting to burn off all that turkey or perhaps just wake yourself up a little bit on those long dull days, kit your feet out with a new pair of trainers and get to it.
Something as simple as walking to work can really help you on the road to getting fit whilst releasing those feel good endorphins. Choosing super lightweight styles will make you feel as if you are running on air, pick from bold colours or cool retro styles and remember a lace up pair of trainers will help keep your feet secure.
It’s all about style come New Year Eve, there’s no room for trainers! This time of year is about dressing up in all your finery, saying goodbye to one year and hello to the next. It’s always nice to do something a little special, whether it’s a night on the town, party at a mates or dinner with family and friends. For a smart look, accessorise your outfit with a pair of classic brogues, the ultimate style when it comes to smart footwear.
Pick out styles with a vintage, burnished finish and style them with a dressy suit or your favourite skinny jeans, they are back in fashion after all! For a unique, quirky touch, add a pair of bright bold socks to you slim fit trousers and brogues and flash a bit of colour. If you’re planning on dancing the night away, you’re guaranteed maximum comfort with a pair of brogues so why not give them a try this NYE.