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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)