Shoes to Wear w/ Runway Looks for 40+ Women

Fashionistas, this post is sponsored by ShoeBuy.com. All opinions are my own.

Back in November, we posted a list of AW15 runway looks for women over 40. This post was so popular, we knew we had to follow up with a shoes edition. I reached out to my friends at ShoeBuy.com and asked them to pair our runway looks with the hottest shoes of the season.

Shoes to Pair with Cozy Shearling

Patchwork Faux Fur and Shearling Coat, $171, ASOS
Patchwork Faux Fur and Shearling Coat, $171, ASOS

We recommended shearling coats as an effortless addition to your wardrobe that adds a lot of drama. Wear shearling over skinny jeans or pants, and pair them with ankle boots. Choose the boots for the occasion–dressier styles for evenings out and stockier, work-style boots for running errands.

Ankle Boot with Strap, $55.95, Shoebuy.com
Ankle Boot with Strap, $55.95, Shoebuy.com
Lace-up Garrett Boot, $98.95, Shoebuy.com
Lace-up Garrett Boot, $98.95, Shoebuy.com
Ankle Boot with Strap Detail, $79.95, Shoebuy.com
Ankle Boot with Strap Detail, $79.95, Shoebuy.com
Rugged Boot, $73.95, Shoebuy.com
Rugged Boot, $73.95, Shoebuy.com
Shootie with Buckle Detail, $78.95, Shoebuy.com
Shootie with Buckle Detail, $78.95, Shoebuy.com
fringe bootie
Fringe Bootie, $46.95, Shoebuy.com

Shoes to Wear with Knee-Length Midi Skirts

Chic-ing of Which Skirt, $59.99, Modcloth
Chic-ing of Which Skirt, $59.99, Modcloth

The next runway look we love is the patterned, pleated, knee-length midi. You can couple this style with a fitted top and simple, feminine heels or ballet flats. Stay away from chunky or adorned sandals, which can look gaudy with a fuller skirt.

Suede Pumps, $79.95, Shoebuy.com
Suede Pumps, $79.95, Shoebuy.com
Classic Shiny Pumps, $78.95, Shoebuy.com
Classic Shiny Pumps, $78.95, Shoebuy.com
Nude Patent Pumps, $68.95, Shoebuy.com
Nude Patent Pumps, $68.95, Shoebuy.com
Simple Strappies, $70.95, Shoebuy.com
Simple Strappies, $70.95, Shoebuy.com
Ballet Flats with Bow, $33.95, Shoebuy.com
Ballet Flats with Bow, $33.95, Shoebuy.com
All-purpose Flats, $58.95, Shoebuy.com
All-purpose Flats, $58.95, Shoebuy.com

Shoes to Wear with Houndstooth

AX Paris Midi Skirt in Houndstooth, $26, ASOS
AX Paris Midi Skirt in Houndstooth, $26, ASOS

Plaids and houndstooth are back in 2015/2016 in a big, bright way. A winning look for high-powered meetings is a fitted houndstooth set with sexy heels. If you prefer a softer look, choose a classic houndstooth pencil skirt with a solid color blouse and a straightforward set of black pumps. Err on the side of a sleeker, longer heel for extra sex appeal.

High Heel with Ankle Strap, $64.95, Shoebuy.com
High Heel with Ankle Strap, $64.95, Shoebuy.com
houndstooth-fabric
Moderate Heel with Side Cutout, $59.95, Shoebuy.com
houndstooth-chunky
Textured Faux Leather Slingback, $89.95, Shoebuy.com
houndstooth-fauxpumps
Classic Cutout, 4″ Heel, $37.95, Shoebuy.com
houndstooth-golddetail
Moderate Heel with Gold Detail, $59.95, Shoebuy.com
houndstooth-patent
Platform 3″ Heel, $58.95, Shoebuy.com

Shoes to Wear with Debutante Necklines

Paper Dolls Bardot Dress, $42, ASOS
Paper Dolls Bardot Dress, $42, ASOS

Now is the time to show off your shoulders and décolletage, ladies! When you let your neck go bare or show a little cleavage, you’ll get the most impact by keeping your midsection and knees covered. With this look, pick shoes that are slightly glam. Silver and/or sparkly details pair well with those high-impact necklines.

Shimmer Flats, $70.95, Shoebuy.com
Shimmer Flats, $70.95, Shoebuy.com
Open Toe Sparkly Pump, $58.95, Shoebuy.com
Open Toe Sparkly Pump, $58.95, Shoebuy.com
Silver Chunky Heel, $88.95, Shoebuy.com
Silver Chunky Heel, $88.95, Shoebuy.com
T-strap with Crystals, $54.95, Shoebuy.com
T-strap with Crystals, $54.95, Shoebuy.com
Strappy Open Toe, $54.95, Shoebuy.com
Strappy Open Toe, $54.95, Shoebuy.com

Shoes to Wear with Turtlenecks

Sun and Shadow Turtleneck, $54, Nordstrom
Sun and Shadow Turtleneck, $54, Nordstrom

Big sweaters are on trend right now, despite the unusually warm winter east of the Mississippi. A loose-fitting turtleneck is comfort-wear and always looks right over fitted jeans. This season, we like solid-color, large-knit roll neck sweaters paired with chunky, almost masculine boots. It’s your weekend look, and one that might even get you an approving nod from a millennial or two.

Western-style Bootie, $58.95, Shoebuy.com
Western-style Bootie, $58.95, Shoebuy.com
Cuffed Ankle Boot, $74.95, Shoebuy.com
Cuffed Ankle Boot, $74.95, Shoebuy.com
Gray Fringe Bootie, $51.95, Shoebuy.com
Gray Fringe Bootie, $51.95, Shoebuy.com
Plum Colored Chelsea Boot, $99.95, Shoebuy.com
Plum Colored Chelsea Boot, $99.95, Shoebuy.com
Gray Suede Ankle Boots, $69.99, Shoebuy.com
Gray Suede Ankle Boots, $69.99, Shoebuy.com

Catherine Brock

Owner and Editor at The Budget Fashionista
As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine, DrLaura.com, Refinery29, Wellness.com and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.
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