Fall Fashion Head to Toe: The Season's Hottest Shoe Trends

Velvet boots, we're coming for you.

Our Fall Fashion Head-to-Toe series features all that's hot as the weather gets crisp. We'll fill you in on everything that's so of-the-moment for hair, beauty, fashion, and more. Stay tuned for all five installments of the season's must-read guide.

There’s a special kind of excitement when the weather starts to crackle with the faintest undercurrent of autumn. You know what that means: it’s time to break out the fall shoes! Oh, joy to be donning adorable Oxfords and strutting in a killer pair of boots. Without further ado, here are some of the top styles to wear this fall. 

1.  Velvet Boots

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Velvet started showing up mid-summer in everything from lingerie to slip dresses. For fall though, velvet boots in styles ranging from over-the-knee to booties are all the rage. (David Bowie? All hail the Starman.) Try these cute ones from Steve Madden.

2.  Chic Sneaks

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While stilettos were still a New York Fashion Week mainstay, sneakers were well represented on the runways and the streets. Paired with pricey purses, elegant sweaters, coats, and jackets, athletic shoes in everything from basic white to intricate animal prints seemed to be coasting along on the athleisure trend. These Bob’s Lo-Topia by Skechers are definitely goofy looking, but proceeds from every pair sold helps save shelter animals.

3.  Low Block Heels

From the runway at Anna Sui to Coach’s ‘60s inspired pumps and boots, pumps were lower to the ground and heels were wider and less defined in the fall fashion shows. Blondell from Nina Originals have a retro Mad Men vibe and take you from the office to cocktails—or cocktails in the office, depending on how you roll. 

4.  Oxfords Gone Wild

From dull metallic to patent leather, to patches and tassels and everything in between, the classic menswear-inspired style is anything but basic this season. Great with leggings or jeans, the style looks even cuter with a flirty midi length skirt. Let’s take a moment to admire the beauty of these handcrafted Kedmas by Naot.

5.  Kitten Heels

From dainty sling-backs to shooties with cut-out detailing, it looks like kitten heels are here to stay. Rockports Total Motion Kalila Cutout Shootie (just try saying that three times fast) have incredible detailing.

6.  Mules

Mules started to make a comeback this spring, and it looks like open-back shoes will be popular again for fall. Style star Emmy Rossum recently posted a pic of herself in her Birdies Leopard Print Smoking Slippers.

7.  Mary Janes

Classic Mary Janes are huge this season with extra straps, higher or lower heeled version and texture or color in unexpected places. Podiatric surgeon Marion Parke has somehow managed to craft a pair that cushion your feet and are incredibly sexy. And strappy. Very strappy.

8.  Heavy Metal

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It seems like the designers have really (bad pun alert) taken a shine to everything bronze, silver and gold this season as oxfords, booties, boots and evening shoes turn up the glitter. At both Tommy Hilfiger and Proenza Schouler, daytime looks were worn with seriously shiny shoes. Corso Como Dynamite in Bronze Worn Leather will take you through the warm weather into the holiday season. 

9.  Statement Heels

From a splash of metallic at Anna Sui to a bejeweled heel peeking out of an evening dress at Miu Miu, heel design has been elevated to an art form this season.

10.  Anything-But-Basic Black

 

Whether it was open-toe, thigh-high or stamped with designer initials, studded or crocodile print, the designers all seemed to unanimously agree that a great pair of black boots never go out of style.

 

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