Fall means chunky knits, crunchy leaves, and pumpkin-spice everything, but it also means it’s time to put away your cute summer sandals and Saturday flip-flops in favor of something more sophisticated. Each autumn, it’s a pretty parade of what’s new in fall shoe trends, and this year is no exception. Whether you prefer a riding boot or you spend the cooler months in your cutest pumps, there is something for everyone this season. Check out some of the trends that will have total strangers asking “Where did you get those?” while you wait for your favorite warm seasonal beverage.
Rise of the Bootie
If the bootie was popular last year, it’s reaching superstar level in 2015. What was once a shoe for the adventurous fashion-lover has become a must-have staple in any closet. Still wondering if you should venture into bootie territory? Go for a soft leather pair with a height that hits just at your ankle bone. Not only is it a universally flattering height, but it works equally well with cuffed jeans and a skirt with tights.
If you spent the summer in wedges and are looking for something lower-maintenance, you’ll love fall’s most inventive shoe: the lace-up flat. It’s an edgy take on what is usually a sweet, ladylike shoe. The lace-up detail adds enough interest to an outfit that you can wear the new-school flats with everything from casual jeans to a cocktail dress.
This fall’s “power shoe” is definitely the one that pulls its inspiration from menswear. Whether it’s a tweed heel or a brogue with feminine details (think a bright color or jeweled embellishments), the menswear-inspired look is a white-hot way to add a little extra panache to your daily uniform. And as an added bonus: Menswear-inspired flats aren’t just fashionable, but incredibly comfortable, too!
Riding boots are still popular, of course, but if you want to take your boot game to the next level, go with one of the biggest fall shoe trends: the over-the-knee boot. Surprisingly wearable, this style lets you skip the Pretty Woman factor by opting for a flat heel. Wear them over your favorite comfy leggings and with an oversize sweater for a fall-perfect look.
Kiss sky-high heels goodbye this fall because this season’s pump is the kitten heel. A one- or two-inch heel is all you need to make a statement in these pointy-toed pumps that give off a decidedly ladylike, vintage air. Give them a modern twist by pairing them with a boxy biker jacket, or swap out your usual office pumps for a patterned pair.
This fall’s shoe trends are fun, fearless, and fashion-foward, so don’t be afraid to change up your look with the changing weather. After all, donning your long-lost favorite sweater only feels right with the right shoes, a hot drink, and cooler temperatures.