The Cutest Fall Shoe Trends You Need To Know This Season
With fall in full swing and winter right around the corner, it’s time to say goodbye to your beloved sandals and hello to boots, mules, and sneakers. With so many stores and websites out there, it can be hard to wade through all options to find that perfect fall shoe. There are a lot of retailers getting ~creative~ — but we all know that there’s a fine line between high fashion and tacky and figuring out where that line is isn’t easy. We’ve rounded up the hottest shoe trends right now so you know exactly what to look for during your next shopping spree.
First up on the list of trends are animal print shoes. They’ve been seen on countless runways including Rejina Pyo, Tory Burch, Zimmermann and more. The most popular print this season by far is snakeskin. Whether it’s a bootie from Free People or ankle-length shoe from Dolce Vita, snakeskin is everywhere. Other noticeable prints on trend this season are leopard, cheetah and even cow print.
Another shoe that’s sure to be a hit this fall? Mules. This iconic shoe has been around for decades, but within the past year has come back into the mainstream. While open-toed mules were great for spring and summer, cooler temperatures are better suited for the closed-toed mule. There are seemingly infinite shapes, prints, and colors to choose from. Try a stiletto crocodile print mule from Target for a low-price option, a chunky-heeled pair from Steve Madden, or splurge on the Gucci original loafer mule that will be in style for years to come.
High fashion runways have turned to the frontier of the Wild West for their latest inspiration. This fall’s latest shoe sensation? Cowboy boots. Designers had western-style boots all over their spring runways, so you’ll definitely spot them in your fave stores this fall. Whether you want to try a couture western look with Ganni Marlyn’s pink patent leather cowboy boots (not for those who like playing it safe with fashion choices), or want a more understated take on the trend like Coconuts Cavalier Western Bootie, there’s sure to be boot that will make you feel like a high fashion cowboy. Who knew there was such a thing?
If the Wild West isn’t your thing, another period style shoe that may suit your taste is the prairie-inspired boot. A combination of combat boots and Victorian era lace up-shoes, these boots will definitely turn heads. Pair with tights and a long-sleeve prairie dress for a whole look, or try something less obvious such as vintage light wash jeans and a oversized turtle neck sweater.
If boots aren’t your thing, Dad sneakers are another on-trend shoe this season. While they gained popularity earlier this year, it seems these oversized “ugly” sneakers are here to stay. To ease into the trend, try an all-white pair like the classic Fila Disruptor II Premium, or if you’re ready to dive in, the Colorblock Lace-Up Sneakers from Kendall + Kylie are super fun as well. These shoes go with basically anything — from slip dresses to jeans and skirts, but they elevate any look.
Already tried the trends mentioned above and want to take your fall shoe wardrobe to the next level? Then look no further than the acclaimed “sock boot” trend. As seen on everyone from the Kardashian-Jenners to Hailey Baldwin and Emily Ratajkowski, these boots have definitely been a fave this year, and the trend will live on this fall and winter. Most brands have their own take on the boot made from a stretchy fabric. The shoes go to mid calf, resembling a sock and boot hybrid. Wear a more casual chunky heeled version from Jeffrey Campbell, or Stuart Weitzman’s Rapture 75 Bootie, which features a kitten heel and pointed toe.
Real talk: You don’t actually have to go hiking to capitalize on the new hiking boot trend. While these boots are actually comfy enough to go hiking in, you can also wear them as a style statement. Timberland’s boots are always a classic, although several other brands have created their version of the trend. Try Off-White’s boots for an edgier vibe, Proenza Schouler’s Two-tone textured-leather and suede ankle boots, or Marc Fisher’s cozy shearling lined pair. Pair them with a floral dress to add some contrast to your look.
If you were one of those little kids that loved wearing bows in your hair, then this last fall shoe trend is for you. Bows are the latest new embellishment to adorn shoes: from boots, Mary Jane’s, heels, mules, and more. Prabal Gurung may win the prize for the most interesting take on the bow trend, with their A/W 18 hot pink slingback mule, complete with a large red silk bow, a wooden heel and black fur. Up and coming designer Magda Butrym also created her own bow shoe — a beautiful white satin heel with a giant bow on the end, complete with pearl embellishments on the heel. For a less expensive take on the trend, try ALDO’s Separation heel in light pink.
All these shoes are hot off the design press and awaiting someone to style them. An animal print boot works perfectly as a neutral, so they pretty much go with anything. Dad sneakers are the perfect way to add an unexpected touch to any outfit, and the bow shoe trend is equal parts trendy and sophisticated. Which trend are you going to try out first?