Can you hear it? That’s the sigh of relief from women in the 405 who are eager to pitch those sandals to the back of the closet and slip into a much-welcome pair of fall shoes. When October rolls around, it’s usually still too warm to embrace full-on fall fashion. Shoes are a more practical approach to welcome the start of the season comfortably and stylishly.
Several fall styles have a familiar feel including chunky lug soles, combat boots, retro sneakers, platforms, square toes and slip-ons. Their moment continues. If one of those is already a favorite or will be soon, add a modern and fresh touch by pairing with one of the season’s popular skirt suits or a leather midi dress.
Reptile is classic and always popular, but this year it really stands out on flats, boots and pumps. Looking for something a little less expected? Brogues and oxfords, often in metallic, heeled or lug sole styles, are this season’s attention-grabber. And rightly so; they can add a bit of interest or polish to any look. As can slouchy, over-the-knee boots worn with short dresses or skinny jeans.
While boots may seem the obvious choice for fall and winter, let’s not forget that the holidays are coming. Slingbacks are dressed up with wide, ruched straps, and other flirty details include chains and crystals on pumps and flats. Bows and pearls play into that feminine approach, too. Consider it jewelry for your feet.
And, finally, there’s the fluffy, furry slipper. This is probably the most surprising trend, though perhaps it shouldn’t be considering everything that’s going on in the world these days. In shearling or faux fur, this updated style is a fun, more wearable take on the bedroom slipper. It’s cozy and comfortable, which can elicit another sigh of relief.
Balliets, 6443 Avondale, balliets.com
Betsy King a Shoe Boutique, 3001 Paseo, betsykingshoes.com
CK & Co., 6429 Avondale, ckandcompany.com