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Fall Boots (and More) to Fall For

It’s time to put those sandals in storage and step into fall. Trending now: luxe velvet booties, stretchy sock boots (Soots? Bocks? Shocks?), embroidered fabrics, and jewelry-like heels.

fall hiking boots for women

Take a Hike

With comfort, durability, and non-slip soles, the alpine-inspired trend is not one we plan to tread upon lightly. Wear the sporty style now with exposed socks and chambray shirts and all winter with skinny jeans and chunky sweaters. Pro tip: Swap in bright colored laces (as seen on Barbara Bui’s camel boots) for added pop.

Barbara Bui suede red-laced boots, $695.
Tory Burch olive shearling boots, $428.
Dr. Martens floral combat boots, $145.
Moncler low-rise leather boots, $670.

velvet fall boots for women

Soft Shoe

We’ll take a rainbow of velvet booties, please. The luxe fabric gets new life this season with chic adornments (Aquazzura’s pearly constellations, Minkoff’s studs and buckles) and rich jewel tones.

Saint Laurent lava red booties, $995.
Aquazzura blue velvet pearl booties
, $1,295.
Dries Van Noten cap-toe turquoise boots, $665.
Rebecca Minkoff cream buckle boots, $175.

embroidered fall shoes for women

Stitch Fix

Get romantic with textured needlepoint tableaus and embroidered floral motifs. Many designers worked the intricate textile into their collections this season, but we especially love the old world feel of Manolo Blahnik’s velvet booties and classic elegance of Tabitha Simmons’s black and gold pumps. Charlotte Olympia has a large selection of spunky needlepoint flats (flamingos, dragons, pyramids), but the pair with zebras and leopard print takes the cake.

Manolo Blahnik metallic floral booties, $1,055.
Charlotte Olympia needlepoint slippers, $465.
Tabitha Simmons ankle-tie pump, $895.

stretchy fall boots for women

Sock It to Ya

Real talk: Midcalf length boots can be hard as hell to pull off. It took a minute to retrain our eyes (and hearts), but we can now appreciate the stretchy, leg-hugging calling card of off-duty models. If you remain wary about the marriage of sock and shoe, ease into the trend with cropped or cuffed boyfriend jeans and Pour la Victoire’s shorter style. For the more daring, pair with the perfect tea-length dress or skirt and Stuart Weitzman’s bedazzled burgundy booties.

Pour la Victoire white Chelsea boots, $350.
3.1 Phillip Lim black leather boots
, $795.
Stuart Weitzman embellished sock boots, $695.
Tony Bianco stretch bootie
, $120.

fancy fall shoes for women

Head Over Heels

Ditch boring stilettos and block heels in favor of mirrored cutouts, swirly acrylic glass, and metal orbs. The architectural supports make an instant, artsy impact and will add an avant-garde spark to even the most basic of outfits. Admirers will hate to see you go but love to watch you walk away. (And even if some of us would never wear such a thing, we still think these pairs are fun to look at.)

Kate Spade leopard kitten heels, $328.
The Row glass-heel velvet mules, $1,190.
Alexander Wang studded booties, $695.
Marni black leather booties, $1,130.

Photos: Courtesy of the companies

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