Fall footwear brings new shapes, unexpected details and fierce attitude.
The latest shapes in fall footwear bring the downtown vibe straight to the closets of even the most buttoned-up fashionista. Hipster has gone mainstream as the unmistakable menswear influence seen in denim and blouses also finds its way into shoes. The flat pack is also leading the bunch. Teetering platforms that verge on costume are still well within trend, but a new utterly flat heel is just as chic. (And frankly, a lot more wearable for us all.) Crop pants, roll up jeans, bring that maxi skirt a bit higher and show off those funky oxfords or brightly hued loafers. We love the loafers at Vanessa V. in leopard print, Mixx, $28, just right for a skinny black pant and white button down (add some red lips, please). And the oxford-inspired wedges from Bevo’s, Envy, $73, are just the ticket for making the often awkward oxford feminine. We would love them with some of that colored denim for fall. Think a pair of fall floral printed jeans and slouchy sweater. Pumps will always be the best choice when it’s time to look the part of all business. However, the time is now to shake things up with unexpected patterns and fabrics. Tribal continues to be hot, and these camel and black BCBG heels from Shoe La La, $103, would take that all-black ensemble to new places. If you’re feeling brave, pair them with a tribal print dress of warm fall rust or rich burgundy. And fall footwear would never be complete without a boot. We still love the riding variety, but the latest shape brings the shaft down to near ankle height and adds touches of attitude like these shredded gray Matisse boots from Brother’s on the Boulevard, $245. Leggings with rocker attitude, skinny denim or even skinny cords would be a great pairing. Just add a little leather jacket or a denim vest and you’re ready to rock.
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