Perhaps one of the biggest silver linings to summer ending (besides the pumpkin spice drinks), is fall fashion season. All the looks from fashion week finally come to life in the streets, and stores are full of a wide variety of styles and selections.
This is especially true when it comes to shoes, which have the potential to transform an entire outfit from top-to-bottom.
This season, keep an eye out for flirty florals and fierce animal prints — all recommended by stylists with insight into the newest autumn looks. Check out some of the best fall shoe trends that you’ll want in your closet this upcoming season.
Fall Shoe Trend: Animal Prints
If you're seeing spots (and stripes), you're not alone — and experts say you can expect them so start showing up even more in the coming months. "Leopard, tiger, zebra, cow and serpentine patterns were all over the fall fun ways of New York, Milan, and Paris, and will likely be dominating the fashion scene through the autumn and winter months," said Laurean Ossorio, a fashion and celebrity stylist in New York City. You can expect to see these styles take new form in various shapes, styles and hues. "Animal prints are on everything from kitten heels to ankle, knee and thigh-high boots. Invest in a pair or two to play up solid — and especially black — separates. I personally love wearing them with high-waisted skinny black trousers for instant impact," he advised.
These booties will add a spark of fun to any classic outfit. Made from faux leather and a lightly-padded footbed, they provide ample support while still keeping up with the latest trend.
You don't have to wear 4-inch pumps to look like you're strutting down the runway. This pair from Lulus has a low heel, cushioned insole and a vegan-friendly upper that will help you to look red carpet ready.
These 100% leather booties are the fall staple you need in your closet. They have a zip fastening on the back, a rounded toe and a short, 5-centimeter heel.
Fall Shoe Trend: Mules
Mules made their way back into the hearts of fashionistas everywhere during the summer season according to Ty-Ron Mayes, a celebrity stylist in New York City. "Rock the classic — and often comfortable — style in a sophisticated shade or pattern for work, then switch it up with a playful design, cut or faux-fur trimming come the weekend," he suggested.
You can't go wrong with a classic mule. This style from Chinese Laundry comes in three palettes, including animal prints.
The slip-on design of these loafer mules makes them perfect for days when you need to get out the door fast. Wear them anywhere from the park to the office.
These open-back mules from Marc Fisher have a sturdy heel that won't slow you down, and prove the perfect way to dress up an outfit for going out to dinner with family and friends.
Fall Shoe Trend: Defined Toes
When it comes to toes (especially for boots), you can expect to see more pointed and square designs. "The dramatic shape adds a bit of edge to any classic style, and square toes in particular allow for more wiggle room. Either style can be perfectly balanced with a wider leg pant option, cropped to show more of the shoe or a longer pant so the shoe can peek out at the bottom," advised Roser, cautioning that this trend may be better served by looser styles versus skinny-legged pants as to avoid looking too severe.
As the weather gets colder, you're going to want something that will keep you prepared for anything the forecast has in store. These versatile booties have a crocodile-embossed upper that puts a spin on your regular black booties.
Red, tan or black? You can take your pick when it comes to these blunted-toe pumps. They have a geometric style throughout and include a comfortable demi-block heel.
Bold is the name of the game with these booties. They are made from textured vegan leather and feature an ankle-high shaft that is ideal for that autumn vibe.
Fall Shoe Trend: Retro Platforms
According to Mayes, it’s time to pump up the volume. "The platform became a staple during the era of the supermodel and I almost exclusively styled all of my models, among them Tyra Banks, in the high-altitude footwear. Now platforms are on all of the runways again. Just check out Yves Saint Laurent, Attico, and Alexa Chung this season," he said.
Afraid of heights? Ease into the trend with a slightly-elevated boot or a style with a thicker block heel for added support.
Cooler weather doesn't mean you have to compromise with dreary hues. These maize yellow sandals will add a pop of energy to any outfit.
These platform sandals come in four colors and are perfect for a night out on the town. They also have an adjustable strap for optimal fit.
These elevated booties have retro written all over them — and with seven fall-favorite colors to choose from, you'll never run out of options.
Fall Shoe Trend: Modern Grunge
Ever since Marc Jacobs and Nirvana brought the grunge trend to light in the '90s, it seems to creep into trends every few seasons, said Roser. "I almost feel it’s safe to call it a classic at this point, but that may not be as much fun! This trend goes along with the rise of genderless clothing and something many designers can provide in unisex options. A grunge-inspired shoe is going to add an edgy vibe to any look," she explained. Scoop up a classic combat boot, or ease into the look with a little hardware.
If rockstar is more your vibe, these heels might be right up your alley. They are covered with metal grommet details and the buckled ankle strap adds a unique and functional touch.
Combat boots come back in style over and over again — be prepared with this pair from Nine West! It's made from faux leather and has a padded footbed for lasting comfort.
Fall Shoe Trend: Whimsical Florals
If you'd like to take a softer, yet still eye-catching approach to your wardrobe, you might want to try romantic or radiant florals. "Delicate embroidering, subtle buds, pronounced petals and gold blooms in bright palettes take on new life in shoe styles such as ankle or over-the-knee boots. They make the perfect pairing for full skirts and day sheaths. Swap in a cocktail dress and strappy floral sandals for the evening," suggested Ossorio.
Right now, these booties are over 40% off — meaning it's time to snag them for your autumn wardrobe. "Comfortable, and stylish, true to size. I got to see what shoe envy really feels like up close and personal," said an enthusiastic reviewer about the shoes.
This pump screams vintage. The classic floral embroidery and pointy-toe are stunning additions to your regular black heel.
Just because it's fall doesn't mean you need to stick to the warm reds and bright oranges. These blue-toned heels demand attention in the best way possible.
Fall Shoe Trend: Dainty Straps
The peek-a-boo shoe trend everyone fell in love with for summer will continue into fall in the shape of lace-up heels, ankle-strap pumps or sleek slingbacks. "This look is perfect for those wanting to add length to their look or accent their legs. You can pair it with just about any bottom (pants or skirts)," said celebrity fashion stylist Krista Roser. Closed-toed styles also make the perfect frame for solid or delicately-patterned tights.
These timeless heels are a great mix of classic and trendy. They come in black and beige, and include a cushioned insole for a more comfortable feel.
If you prefer the patent leather look, these could be your next go-to pump. They come in five colors, are skid-resistant, and include a breathable lining for longer days in the office.
Fall Shoe Trend: Shiny Metallics
There's something about a light-catching metallic that adds a touch of cool to everything from athleisure to evening wear. "Whether you prefer bronze, silver or gold, booties, heeled platforms, or sneakers, it's an easy way to assure your outfit will be a scene stealer," said Ossorio. Try breaking out of the box with unexpected cutouts, chic gemstones or bright neons.
With five color options, these block heel sandals are sure to fit any fall style. The metallic pair is made with a leather upper and a breathable, synthetic insole.
Loafers are a year-round staple, but with the slowly chilling temperatures, you'll be especially grateful for closed-toe shoes. This pair from Lulus comes in 10 colors and patterns and is great for last-minute meetings.
These glamorous heels are adorned with metallic details from front to back. The slingback structure keeps your feet in place to ensure comfort all day long.
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