How to Wear Sandals in The Winter
We’re used to thinking of sandals in winter as summer footwear, but there are actually many reasons to keep them around all winter long. Sandals are warm and comfortable, especially when paired with socks.
And they can also add a chic, seasonal touch to a winter outfit. Take inspiration from the stars: Emily Ratajkowski, Naomi Campbell, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have all recently been spotted wearing sandals in winter.
While many of us may think of sandals as summer footwear, there are some that work for the winter. Heeled sandals, such as strappy heels or wedges, can add a touch of elegance to any layered winter outfit and look especially chic when worn with tights or socks. A pair of bold patterned socks or even plain black ones can look stunning when worn with a pair of ankle-strap sandals, and could be the perfect way to elevate a casual winter look.
If you want to take it a step further and make your sandals really pop, try pairing them with a pair of wide-leg pants or trousers. This look will draw all eyes toward your feet, which can be a dramatic and eye-catching fashion statement. Just be sure to pick a pair of shoes that are comfortable enough for walking and standing for long periods of time in cold temperatures. A good option would be a pair of huaraches or mules that look like slippers but have outdoor shoe treads.
It’s not exactly conventional to wear sandals with tights, but this bold look has been all over the street style circuit. You’ll want to choose tights with a high denier, which is thick enough to provide some insulation. Then, pair the tights with a dark colored top (like black) or a skirt to make your shoes and legs look cohesive.
Ugg has a sandal called the Fluff Yeah that’s covered in sheepskin from top to bottom, making it the perfect winter shoe. You can also find these styles from other brands, including Dr Martens.
Heeled sandals are a better choice for winter than flat ones, as they will offer some warmth and support. And, you’ll probably want to opt for a strappy style, like the ones Rihanna is wearing in the pic below. Just make sure you have a sleek pair of socks that will cover your feet without drawing attention to them, and you’re ready for the cold weather!
While sandals are usually thought of as summer footwear, many fashion enthusiasts and influencers are reclaiming agency by wearing sandals all year round. This trend was sparked by Rihanna, who recently was spotted in New York City in a pair of winter white strappy sandals. Her look is the perfect example of how to wear a pair of sandals in the winter while still looking stylish and chic.
A great way to keep your feet warm while wearing sandals is by pairing them with a pair of socks. This helps to create a barrier between your feet and the cold air, while also keeping them warm and dry. You can find a wide variety of different socks to choose from, including fishnets and frilly pairs, to add a bit of drama to your outfit.
Another great option for wearing sandals in the winter is a pair of booties. These are similar to sandals, but they come up higher on your ankle and often feature a fur or faux fur trim around the top. They can be worn with a skirt or dress to instantly elevate an everyday look.
4. Fur-Lined Sandals
Sandals are a summer staple, but just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that sandals have to go into hiatus. The key to wearing sandals in the winter is to wear them with socks, which will keep your feet warm and protect your shoes from snow, ice, or slush. Pairing strappy sandals with tights is also a great way to add drama to your look. Celebrities like Emily Ratajkowski are already doing this, and the result is a look that’s both comfortable and fashion-forward.
If you’re a little nervous about breaking the seasonal rules and wearing sandals in the winter, start small by choosing a pair of sandals that are designed for winter. Birkenstocks are a good example; the brand’s latest insulating sandals, the Kyoto, feature a thick suede forefoot strap and faux fur lining. Pair a pair of these with dark-wash jeans and a chunky sweater for a warm, stylish look. For a more casual look, try a pair of Ugg’s ‘Fluff Yeah’ boots—they’re cozy, cute, and completely season-neutral.