Winter boots can be such a bore. But thankfully, even though we currently have salt-stained reminders of this grey season, at least the new year brings us new shoe styles to try and love. Here are 13 on-trend shoe styles to try for 2015, each at a high and a low price point so you can buy more than one pair! Hey, it’s the perfect time to plan for spring and summer.
The 13 shoe styles you need to try in 2015
Rain BootsThis year's rain boots look more like chelsea boots than wellies, which means they'll blend into your wardrobe better than a pair of colourful knee-high rubber boots.
High: Burberry Glossed Rubber Rain Boots, $377
Low: Aldo Lupia Rubber Boots, $50.Photo credits: Burberry; Aldo
Caged HeelsLike a peek-a-boo bootie, these caged heels look great with skirts and cropped trousers. It's the perfect shoe for showing off subtle hints of your ankles and well-pedicured feet.
High: French Connection Quanna Heels, $175
Low: Aldo Lavinia Heels, $90.Photo credits: FCUK; Aldo
MulesFrom heeled sandals to Dr. Scholl's-style clogs, slip-on shoes are a big trend for spring. We like these chunky mules to wear with jeans or floaty summer dresses.
High: Tibi Leather Mules, $375
Low: Aldo Mariotta Mules, $100.Photo credits: Tibi; Aldo
Leopard PrintLeopard has been around for a few seasons, but for 2015, it's basically become a neutral. Look for the print in chic, simple shapes and wear them with florals, stripes and other patterns.
High: Gianvito Rossi Leopard Print Calf Hair and Cork Sandals, $795
Low: Nine West Ximout sandals, $100.Photo credits: Gianvito Rossi; Ninewest
New Ugly SandalsLast year, it was all about the Birkenstocks and high fashion versions of the "ugly sandal." This year, that same comfortable sole is being updated with more stylish straps. Get a pair with a functional sole, but look for interesting buckles or rhinestones and wear them with everything.
High: Michael Kors Luna Crystal-Embellished Leather Sandals, $150
Low: Aldo Haima sandals, $70.Photo credits: Michael Kors; Aldo
BowsThis sweet detail makes the sexiest pumps just a touch prettier and a little less vampy. You'll get all the height you want, but you can wear your new heels with your most modest ensembles.
High: Stuart Weitzman Bobosong heels, $450
Low: Vince Camuto Nikkah Heels, $174.42.Photo credits: Stuart Weitzman; Vince Camuto
Cut-Out BootiesKeep the shape of your favourite booties, but show off freshly painted toes and buffed heels with these flirty cut-outs. Wear them with rolled-up boyfriend jeans or pretty white dresses.
High: Stuart Weitzman Frontlash Sandal, $475
Low: Jeffrey Campbell Canal heels, $179.Photo credits: Stuart Weitzman; Jeffrey Campbell
White SneakersDon't relegate your new sneakers to weekends with jeans. 2015's bright white runners are meant to be worn with skirts, dresses and shorts every day of the week.
High: Nike Air Force 1 Ultra Force Leather and Canvas Sneakers, $95
Low: H&M Trainers, $29.95.Photo credits: Nike; H&M
GladiatorsNot for lovers of long hemlines, these knee-high, laced and heeled sandals add a whole lot of interest to toned calves (the high heel helps any leg look longer and leaner). Wear them with soft, a-line dresses and skirts for a flirty contrast.
High: Vince Camuto Kase Heels, $245
Low: Call It Spring Breassi Sandals, $80.Photo credits: Vince Camuto; Call It Spring
FlatformsThe Spice Girl shoe staple is sticking around for another season. Instead of going with goth-like creepers, try a pair of light-looking athletic lace-ups, and wear them with shorts and skirts all spring and summer.
High: Robert Clergerie Vicolei Raffia Lace Ups, $395
Low: H&M Platform Sneakers, $30.Photo credits: Robert Clergerie; H&M
LuciteNo longer just for pole dancers, lucite heels can actually look classy. Just make sure the shoe's upper doesn't feature any see-through fabric and you're in the clear.
High: Jeffrey Campbell Boone boots, $199
Low: H&M Court Shoes, $70.Photo credits: Jeffrey Campbell; H&M
Pointed-Toe FlatsTake your ballerina flats to new dressy levels with a pointed toe that looks like it means business. Split slipper styles mix a laid-back look with a serious toe shape, which makes them ideal for pairing with breezy summer dresses.
High: Ivanka Trump Tapered Toe Flat, $150
Low: K&M by Kate and Mel 2-Piece Flat, $30.Photo credits: Ivanka Trump; K&M by Kate and Mel
T-StrapsWhether in a Mary-Jane or a sexy peep-toe, it's all about the t-strap for spring. This shape elongates the foot and highlights sleek ankles. Wear them with full, flowing skirts and cropped cigarette pants. High: Michael by Michael Kors Diana Heels, $148 Low: Call It Spring Gligoven wedges, $50.Photo credits: Michael Kors; Call it Spring