Editor’s Picks: Winter Shoes To Revive Your Rotation

News| 1st June 2024
Editor’s Picks: Winter Shoes To Revive Your Rotation
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Many of us fantasise about having a walk-in shoe-drobe, just like Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. But the reality is we generally turn to the same few trusty pairs day in and day out. Whether you subscribe to the “wrong shoe theory” (where wearing an expected shoe can change a whole outfit) or not, there’s four key silhouettes that will see you through from late autumn to early spring.

The InStyle editors share their go-to footwear for the season, putting practical and playful pairs in the spotlight.

Ballet Flats

Ballet flats are back in a big way. The silhouette started trending again a couple of seasons ago, with Miu Miu’s satin styles and Alaïa’s crystal studded pairs emerging as favourites in 2022 (the former were a nod to Mrs Prada’s spring/summer 2016 collection).

Now, ballerinas have made their way into the autumn/winter ranges from some of our favourite Aussie brands.

Buy into the sheer shoe trend with the Otis Ballet Flat from Viktoria & Woods or keep things classic in black leather with a squared toe courtesy of Jo Mercer.

“I’m currently obsessing over this double strap style from Bassike in shimmering silver – I can’t get my mind off metallics since spotting them everywhere at Australian Fashion Week,” InStyle’s Managing Editor Elle Glass shares.


Sneakers have cemented their status as an everyday staple more than ever in the past decade. From the hold Stan Smiths had on our feet in the 2010s to the rise of the Samba in the 2020’s, Adidas is a go-to for lifestyle looks. The SL72 OG is set to take over this winter in punchier shades.

The Mexico 66 from Onitsuka Tiger is another great option if you’re looking for a streamlined profile.

But if you want to walk a sportier line like InStyle’s Executive Editor Laura Agnew, the Salomon Xt-6 Mindful 3 from Hype DC adds a touch of Gorpcore to the mix. “I like a chunky shoe that I can style with wide-leg pants and whimsical dresses à la Copenhagen cool,” she says.


A chunky pair of loafers is the perfect trans-seasonal pick. Look out for brogue detailing or embellished touches to amp up the timeless energy. Aje brings elegance to the table with a jewellery-inspired golden metal bar on the Serena Crescent Loafer.

And Witchery makes a case for winter white with its chain link style. Both offer a comfortable block heel that will elevate long hemlines and can be styled for night or day. 

InStyle’s Market Editor Annie Doig is leaning into socks this winter, wearing Camper’s multicoloured Walden silhouette with ruffle-trimmed crew styles to really make a statement. “A red sock with a black or cream loafer is another trending combo we noticed at Australian Fashion Week that’s worth trying,” she shares.


When the occasion calls for fancier footwork, a playful pair of pumps can do no wrong. Tailoring and dresses alike can benefit from a splash of colour on your toes.

Scanlan Theodore’s rich mulberry-hued Satin Slingbacks sit on a low kitten heel, while Zimmermann sets its lemon yellow Aura Mules on a slightly steeper stiletto.

“I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of red shoes and I think I’ve found them in the Rhys pump from Camilla and Marc,” InStyle’s Content Writer Noni Reginato shares. “I love the textured finish for winter too,” she adds.

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