As much as we live for boot season and having at least one part of our outfit locked in, there are certain occasions when that lived-in leather just won't cut it. Impromptu date nights, holiday festivities, and big meetings at the office all call for something a touch nicer, and this is exactly where winter's fresh lineup of heels comes in.
If you're looking to up your footwear game this season — and finally put those scuffed black heels to bed — we've got the trends that'll make even the most die-hard boot fans jump ship. Peek ahead for splashy gold heels, mega platforms, and pastel suede options worthy of some serious heart eyes. Don't worry, your boots will forgive you.
1. The Platform
If you want some major height, a platform heel is the way to go. The wedge on this burgundy number will make it super easy to walk in, too.
H&M Platform Sandals, $59.99, available at H&M.
2. Virginn Leather Platform Heeled Mule Sandals
The mule shape has been creeping back onto the scene over the last few seasons, and we're not mad at it. Try the silhouette out for yourself with these black beauties.
Windsor Smith Virginn Leather Platform Heeled Mule Sandals, $117, available at ASOS.
3. Agatha Suede Platform
The gold accents on these sky-high platforms give 'em a special touch.
Nasty Gal x Kat Maconie Agatha Suede Platform, $180, available at Nasty Gal.
4. The Gold Metallic Heel
Want to take your LBD to the next level? Pair it with these golden strappy heels for a bold statement.
Zara High Heel Court Shoe With Straps, $69.90, available at Zara.
5. Rachel Comey Tisch
We'll take our heels with a heavy splash of glittering gold, please.
Rachel Comey Tisch, $331.20, available at Rachel Comey.
6. Gucci Webby Metallic 110 mm Sandal Oro
It honestly doesn't get any flashier than this.
Gucci Webby Metallic 110 mm Sandal Oro, $595, available at Bergdorf Goodman.
7. The Lace-Up
It's all about the wrap-up heel right now. This black block style is pure sophistication.
Billini Preen, $89.95, available at The Iconic.
8. Whistles Vidlin Ankle Tie Point Shoe
For something a little more subtle, try a simple ankle-tie stepper. The deep green sets this pointy-toe option apart from the rest.
Whistles Vidlin Ankle Tie Point Shoe, $310, available at Whistles.
9. Aquazzura Amanda Suede Heels
This plum number will be perfect for all of your holiday party outings and winter date nights.
Aquazzura Amanda Suede Heels, $750, available at Forward.
10. The Low Block Heel
The trendy mini heel is the perfect option when you know you're going to be on your feet all night and need something manageable.
ALDO Penan, $65, available at ALDO.
11. Carel Kina Patent Leather Buckle Heels
If the silhouette feels too modest, try it in a bright patent-leather red.
Carel Kina Patent Leather Buckle Heels, $280, available at Opening Ceremony.
12. Chloé Suede And Mirrored-Leather Pumps
This chic gold-accented pair will never go out of style.
Chloé Suede And Mirrored-Leather Pumps, $650, available at NET-A-PORTER.
13. Pastel Suede Heels
Suede is a massive fall/winter trend, but we particularly love the pastel variety we've been spotting on shoes lately.
Urban Outfitters Bessie Suede Heels, $79, available at Urban Outfitters.
14. Jeffrey Campbell Burke-2
A minty seafoam hue is perfect when you want to break up a dark going-out look.
Jeffrey Campbell Burke-2, $120, available at Jeffrey Campbell Shoes.
15. Loeffler Randall Pari With Fringe
How fun is this lilac fringe number?
Loeffler Randall Pari With Fringe, $350, available at Need Supply.
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