Shorter days and crisper temperatures are synonymous with a shift in our wardrobes and the newest styles of Autumn/Winter shoes and boots will have you running, not walking, to update for the season ahead. While Ireland’s drizzly weather can make it tricky to know what outfit to wear, you can always be sure that with the right pair of shoes or boots you won’t just be ready to conquer chilly days -- you’ll be embracing the cold and dark with comfort and flair.For 2020, the Autumn-Winter collections are all about references to past decades, reworking staples with new details, and embracing lifestyle trends so you look great from the office to the outdoors. Here’s our Top 10 favourite trends and styling tips to get you stepping out as the leaves turn and before the first snow falls.
In this season’s platforms, we see trends intersect with a new wave of retro wearable height with thoroughly modern fabrics you’ll want to show off. Encompassing a range of different shoe and boot styles, this trend is one we love to see showcased with personal expression. Denim aficionados will be preferential to the wearable metallic options that are a fun twist on athleisure to set off casual outfits. Or, try a tougher style in red leather for a more urban rustic approach to platforms. Finally, lace-up boots meet a combat platform for AW/2020 in a cool navy blue for days spent wandering in a dress, tights and a vintage Aran cardigan.
2. Ankle Boots
Ankle boots have undeniable fashion longevity and every year the trends show another interpretation of this style which helps you justify adding another pair to your collection. Because they’re so easy to wear both in terms of comfort and how well they match everything in your wardrobe, we always look for luscious fabrics mixed with just the right amount of height. We’re already counting down to winter days and nights wearing pairs that make you look twice. In 2020, that’s tassels, track soles, opulent metalwork and punching, plus block heels. Just because these ankle boots are comfortable doesn’t mean they’re any less glamorous.
3. Mary Janes
The Mary Jane is equal parts ladylike and pared back lending itself to celebrations as well as making everyday outfits look pulled together. They’re particularly perfect for this season of refined elegance and will elevate a ‘trés chic’ all-black outfit which of course needs opaque tights! Or, choose a pair that epitomises modern style with a textured upper that you can show off with a fabulous tailored wide-leg suit in jewel shades. You can even add patterned socks for an unexpected twist -- just make sure they suit the colour tones of your other pieces.
4. Brogue Lace-ups & Loafers
Regarding brogue lace-ups and loafers, Who What Wear says that for 2020, “They'll unquestionably make any fall outfit more polished and sophisticated.” We foresee this extending into winter as well with both of these styles having a major moment this year. Offset any residual reminders of your school days with lace-up brogues and loafers that are inarguably fashion forward. There are so many trends to draw from that no matter your taste you can rest assured that your shoes will be on point. Amongst the season’s offerings are grown-up heeled loafers in breathtaking supple leather or try a more polished nautical buckled variation. Alternatively, dip your toe into a pair of white shoes as seen on many runways. You won’t be able to resist modish brogues that are subtle enough to wear to work now then transition into spring in the new year -- they’re less sixties twee and more pristine post-modern perfection.
5. Seventies Tan & Slouch Boots
Due to the infinitely stylish ways you can flashback to this iconic period, you’re always able to put your own spin on this dreamy era. In 2020, it’s all about a palette of tan and earthy brown combined with structured lines so you can mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe. This year’s ‘That ‘70s shoe’ is a foundation pair that suits all personal styles and occasions while having that carefree seventies spirit. Think a buckled boot in velvety Spanish suede accented with vintage jeans or try a zipped wedge with stud details worn with a sharply tailored monochrome modern suit.
6. Chunky Boots
The enduring pull of chunky boots shows no signs in waning and what’s not to love about these edgy, fashionable favourites? Try styling with a feminine skirt and a snuggly knit sweater for a look that says everything from coffees and reading outside through to discovering a new city then settling in for an evening by the fire. This style is a hard worker in every wardrobe and the 2020 iterations are truly sublime. You could try a platform side-zip pair with patent detailing that integrates trends, look for a luxe pair in buttery leather, or go classic and revisit the ever-popular Dr Martens. No matter where you’re headed -- a park or into town for festivities -- a pair of chunky boots has you covered.
7. Lace-Up Boots
We can’t go past the timeless wearability of a Victorian lace-up boot with their nod to history, workmanship, and romantic detailing. With a wearable heel, this A/W2020 style works with your entire wardrobe so you’re able to wear these from dawn to dusk. We especially love this year’s fresh take on a beloved style: metallic elements, scalloped hems or cushioned ankle detailing, and artisanal stitching for a playfully formal finish. With a skirt, dress or skinny jeans, lace-up boots work for all kinds of everyday wear.
8. Hiking Inspired Boots
From ‘cottagecore’ to ‘staycations’, this is the year we’ve spent in nature, immersed in our agrarian surrounds. We’re continuing to see this on our feet as well with styles that reference a truly ‘haute’ hiking aesthetic. The A/W2020 pieces that celebrate a slower, greener and more relaxed pace of life are so gorgeous you’ll be sure to wear them everywhere -- from an afternoon tea stop to a day out in the fields. Emphasising cosy chic that’s effortless, hiking-inspired boots suit a casual adventure outfit of jeans and a parka as much as they’ll balance out a floral dress and bright tights.
9. Sportswear Luxe Sneakers & Trainers
Athleisure continues to reign as the go-to for luxurious yet relaxed style. In particular, sneakers and trainers are the best way to dabble in the trend while keeping other parts of an outfit more polished. In the cold months ahead, statement sneakers are easy on the eye (and your feet) with thoughtful detailing setting every pair apart. For A/W2020, you’re going to see luxe mixed uppers of animal print, leather, and even a hint of glitz. As a wardrobe workhouse that says volumes, keep your look understated with a monochromatic outfit in neutral colours or opt for classic jeans and a crisp shirt. With platformed styles, a blazer or tailored jacket will definitely give a low-key ensemble that wow factor you’re aiming for.
10. Statement Boots
A killer pair of statement boots is worth every cent for how much they extend every other piece in your wardrobe. When you add in the warmth factor and a quality purchase -- shall we say “to boot” -- you’ll find you’re making a truly savvy investment. The A/W2020 statement boots are especially striking due to the careful embellishments, colourways and finishes that breathe new life into your footwear collection. From studded cutout Chelsea boots to croc effect combat boots and '90s minimalist black suede ankle boots, a statement boot will start conversations wherever you go.
These Top 10 Autumn Winter 2020 boots and shoes are available in our Walsh Brothers Shoes stores on-line and in Kerry today. Treat your feet and let us help you find the best in quality, comfort and style.