Created in partnership with Nordstrom and ShopStyle
Let’s talk winter shoes! Winter shoes that can withstand rain or snow but still look put together can be tricky. Luckily, there are several waterproofed options out there. Today I’m excited to share four types of winter shoes that will cover a variety of your winter style needs, and I’m partnering with Nordstrom and ShopStyle to do it!
Nordstrom is my go-to store for buying shoes. About 95% of my boots and booties are from Nordstrom, and they have been staples in my closet for YEARS. Nordstrom has great waterproof shoe options, and I can’t wait to share them! If you’re interested in some but are hesitant, keep in mind that Nordstrom offers free shipping and free returns on all orders, plus they have a phenomenal return policy, so you can always try risk-free. Their free shipping and generous return policy are two of the many reasons I LOVE shopping at Nordstrom!
(You *can* waterproof shoes yourself with different sprays, but I feel way more confident knowing that a “professional” waterproofed my boots instead of me. 😜 )
Lastly, I currently live in a mild climate and don’t have to deal with inclement weather, but I have lived in and traveled regularly to rainy and snowy areas, so I’m not *totally* clueless. Just somewhat. 😜 I’ve also picked up a tip or two over the years from others who live in harsh climates. So, while I’m not an expert with winter shoes by any means, I hope today’s post at least gets you headed in the right direction!
SIZING: I’m 5’6″ and usually S/M or 6 in clothes, 8.5 to 9 in shoes.
1. Tall Suede Boots (Waterproof available)
Tall suede boots are my go-to shoes when it’s really cold. Because they are taller, they keep your legs much warmer than shoes that only hit at your ankles. I cannot stress how significant this is!
Tall boots with a simple, sleek, classic silhouette and a short block heel go with nearly anything. Wear them with jeans and a sweater, jeans and a plaid shirt and cardigan, leggings and a tunic sweater, or a dress with tights and blanket scarf.
If you live in a mild climate like I do, any pair works. If you deal with rain or snow, get a waterproof pair. Blondo makes an array of waterproof boots and booties! One notable tall pair that comes in black, cognac, and dark grey is HERE. I wear them in size 9. They are pretty narrow and slim through the calf, but they are also very stretchy. Check out more of Blondo’s waterproof boots and booties HERE.
Also, since I know you all love a good tunic to wear over leggings, I’ve gotta share this one! This tunic is soft and lightweight, is long enough for leggings (28.5″), has a flattering silhouette, and comes in 4 colors HERE. Dress it up with leggings or faux leather leggings and tall suede boots, or dress it down with jeans and UGGs. It runs large–I’m wearing XS. And it’s currently 40% off!
2. Booties (Waterproof available)
Booties are great alternatives for days you don’t need a tall boot. Again, start with simple, classic designs in neutral colors like taupe, cognac, or black. There are many, many pairs out there, but if you live in a rainy or snowy climate, find waterproof options!
The pair above is another waterproof boot by Blondo. Since it hasn’t rained where I live lately, I splashed some water on these to test them out. I was happy to see water roll off the shoes, and any area where water soaked in dried without leaving splotches, water marks, or discoloration. Hooray! This shoe comes in black, dark grey suede, and this grey-ish taupe called Mushroom Suede. The heel height is easy to walk in, but I wish there were a bit more padding in the footbed. Nothing a shoe insert can’t fix, though. See all the colors HERE!
You can wear booties with so many outfits, but my favorite combos are a sweater with jeans or a blouse with a cardigan and jeans. The sweater I’m wearing above is very soft, cute, and comfy to wear, though the open knit requires a thick thermal underneath to keep you warm. However, it is VERY cute and ON SALE! See it HERE. I’m wearing size M.
Any of the boots below will be versatile and add instant style to your outfits!
3. Sneakers, UGGs, Sorels, or Any Sporty/Casual Shoe (Waterproof available)
I’d also recommend a shoe that’s sportier or more casual than booties. Even though booties work well for casual outfits, sometimes you just want something even more low key. There are several options that work in rainy and snowy areas that are even more casual. Classic UGG boots or SOREL shoes are great with sweatshirts and jeans. Another option is waterproof sneakers!
I LOVE the sneakers I’m wearing above! They are SO COMFY and WATERPROOF! 🙌🏽 They’re super lightweight, easy to walk in despite having a small wedge, and have a cozy FUZZY lining! Gahhhh, I love them! They work well with casual sweatshirts and nicer sweaters. These come in black and the taupe suede that I’m wearing above, which appears much lighter on Nordstrom’s site. The color is truer to my pics above–more like taupe. See them HERE. They run a little small, as I’m wearing size 9 and would recommend trying an additional half size up if you want to wear thicker socks with them. (Remember, Nordstrom has a fantastic return policy that includes free return shipping on all orders, so I always order two sizes to try!)
Shop The Outfit
Jacket: Nordstrom (vest version–I wear M, similar)
Sweater: Nordstrom (exact in other colors–wearing size XS)
Wedge Booties: c/o Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 9)
Bag: Nordstrom (similar)
Remember, if wedge sneakers aren’t your thing, classic UGGs and Sorels also work well for super casual outfits. I’ve rounded up more of these types of casual options in the widget below:
4. Hunter Rain Boots
Lastly, I’ve gotta mention Hunter rain boots! You can be fearless in rain with these, and I know many people wear them with thicker socks in snow as well.
I got the classic black pair last year, but I’m really digging this grey pair! It’s so pretty and fresh, and it works well with the lighter and softer palettes. They’ll also be fantastic for spring color palettes while dealing with spring showers. This grey pair has a heel with a slight wedge, but they feel like flats and are very easy to walk in. The sole is sleeker than the chunky sole on the classic Hunters, and they are slightly lighter weight. I’m wearing size 8, true to size for Hunters which tend to run large. See them HERE.
Hunter boots are another great option that fit in the more sporty or casual category. Wear them with leggings or jeans, with sweaters or sweatshirts. Above, I paired them with a sweatshirt that I got last month during my loungewear update. It’s almost sold out, but it’s SOOOOO soft and cozy! See if it’s left in your size HERE.
If you’re looking for other styles of Hunters, check out ones below!
These four types of shoes take care of so many style needs, from really casual to dressy casual. Since I already have a pretty good collection of boots and booties, I’m most excited about waterproof sneakers and the grey Hunters. They’ll easily carry into the spring and will be helpful for spring showers! What kinds of shoes do you need to add this winter to round out your collection?