d'Orsays, Oxfords, Loafers & Other Flats
Honestly, it's been a long time since I've seen such variety in this department. Naturally, I'm loving it. Not just because I'm a fan of flat shoes myself, but also because it's a great opportunity for all of us to stock up on stylish, heel-less shoes. It's great for those among us who simply can't wear heels. For the rest of us, we get a much-needed break from those sky-high heels we've been wearing over the last several seasons.
Of course, most of these flats would go well with jeans, leggings, casual or dress pants, but don't feel obligated to stop there. Many of these styles would also look great with tights (full or cropped) and casual skirts and dresses.
Hot for Fall : Western, Casual, and Ankle Boots
And, if you do want a more full-fledged rodeo look, feel free to mix in multicolored uppers, lots of studs, fancy stitching, and elongated toe boxes.
As a carry-over from last year, there are also a lot of sleek, streamlined, and fuss-free ankle boots to choose from, like chukka boots and Chelsea boots. These styles work well with jeans, or with tights and casual dresses, but to get the most wear from them that you can, you'll want to choose a really simple style. You can wear classic boots like these for years.
Happily, for those of us who like to wear dress boots to work, there will never be a shortage of simple, heeled boots. But, if you're just buying a pair for a bit of on-trend fun, look for any form of casual with chunky, low or no heels, and you'll be in good shape when it comes to boots this fall.
Single Sole Shoes & Heels
But, because the platform craze lasted so long, and became so extreme, it seems that now we have to specifically point out when shoes don't have platform soles. Which, BTW, is most of this fall's hottest styles. I have seen some platforms. For the most part, they're just not as crazy as what we've been seeing. And, of course, there will always be some stores that specialize in that really "over the top" look that we've all come to love or loathe. I also have a hunch that platforms won't be missing in action for too long, so grab up those "single-soled" shoes while you can.
In other heel news, options seem to be experiencing a comeback. That's right, ladies, this fall, you're not going to be forced to choose between flats and heels that are in excess of 4-inches. You will actually be able to find kitten heels, low heels, even mid-height heels in a variety of shapes: stiletto, block, dress, or chunky. It doesn't seem like that should be a trend, but there you have it. That's what happens when extremes become the norm.
And finally, this season, we'll be reminded what a well-placed strap can do, as both ankle strap pumps and mary janes are experiencing slight uptrends.
Fall Shoe Color Trends: Deep, Dark, Saturated
Beyond fall's usual choices in earth tones and dark neutrals, we're also going to have a lot of reds, blues, and teals to choose from. Think royal. Think rich. Think saturated with dramatic color. Blood reds, royal blues, and dark teals and turquoises.
Adding a bit of levity to all that drama, there will be a light smattering of berry, fuchsia and even purple shades; as well as a good number of darker green shades.
All in all, if you can see past the forest of browns and blacks, it's basically going to be a jewel-toned fall and winter.