I love how popular shooties and booties are this season (there are some seriously cute styles out there right now), but I’ve always preferred short boots that end slightly above the ankle rather than exactly at the ankle. Last year I found an awesome pair of black leather ankle boots with buckles and a 3.5 inch heel. I wear them quite often, and I regret that I didn’t get them in brown as well. But at $100 each, I really couldn’t afford to. Since then, I’ve been searching for a pair of casual short boots in brown. These have exactly everything I’m looking for: suede, short heel, and a cool zipper detail. Unfortunately, they’re out of my price range. But I’ll be keeping an eye on them in case the price drops!
I have yet to buy a shoes from Aldo, it’s always tricky finding a pair that fits my feet well. But there’s no denying that they offer great styles, from classic to edgy, in a wide price range. The Elphea stood out because I love classic pumps that have a little extra something. These have a metal buckle heel embellishment, which makes the pumps unique and definitely on trend for this fall.
My favorite styles off the runways.
Even though it seems as though summer flew by in a flurry of summer dresses and sandals, I’m excited to start wearing fall shoes again, especially boots! Before each season starts, I browse the Accessories Index on Style.com for upcoming trends and to pick out my favorite styles. Since I can’t have them all, I’ll be keeping an eye out for similar styles or double-takes!
2. Giuseppe Zanotti
3. Giorgio Armani
4. Cole Haan
5. Barbara Bui
The beauty of the Zara brand is that they provide styles in various price ranges, making them available to a variety of customers. Unfortunately, this can sometimes determine the quality of the item. I personally don’t own anything from Zara (not yet anyway) because I’ve never found something that was worth the ticket price. And when things go on sale, they’re snatched up pretty fast. Perhaps I’ll own something from them someday, but for now I’ll just look to them for inspiration.
I’m normally not into military-inspired styles, but these booties from Seychelles are just too cute to resist! I really love the detailing on and around the buttons, it adds such a feminine touch to an otherwise plain bootie. Seychelles shoes usually have vintage styling, some of which are not to my taste, but these would be a great addition to my wardrobe! You can get them on DSW, but I think I’ll wait until the price drops.
Your guide on what to keep and what to tuck away.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m looking forward to pulling on booties and soft sweaters. I know it’s still August and the weather is hot and sticky in most places, but fall fashion is on the horizon and summer clearance sales are in full swing!
Shopping clearance sales can be tricky. Trends that were big one season will most likely fizzle out by the next. But “past season” doesn’t always mean you can’t wear those things again; seasonal clearance racks are a great place to find transitional pieces and classics that will work for future seasons. With that in mind, it’s good to know what you should spend money on and what can be left on the racks. For example, black and white striped dresses were huge this spring/summer, but you’ll probably be safer purchasing solid whites and floral dresses because those are always summer staples.
I’ve scrutinized the runway videos and scoured online articles about what’s to come this fall and wrote some guidelines to help you out. Keep these things in mind when shopping the summer clearance racks, and hopefully you’ll get as excited about the fall/winter fashion season as I am!
Check out my fall fashion tips!
Black and white color-blocking will carry into the fall season; however, pieces will be heavier than summer styles. Think knits, structured shapes, and furs.
It wouldn’t hurt to toss in some neutrals and shades of grey; creating an entire outfit with shades from charcoal to slate can make a really great statement.
Winter white combinations are big for the coming season as well. Since I don’t believe in “no white after labor day,” I fully intend to take advantage of this trend. Layering different variations of white from head to toe looks quite stunning.
Although there were a lot of monochrome and neutral looks on the runways, there’s a lot of color coming your way as well. Emerald green, navy and wine were some of the most prominent hues. I’m excited about that because I love deep, rich colors for the winter.
Prints and patterns have shifted toward a more refined look. Traditional patterns like hounds-tooth and plaid are a great addition to your wardrobe this fall. Animal prints, particularly leopard and python, will be around as well.
Casual boots will be your best friend this fall; you’ll see them in every silhouette from low cut ankle boots to the classic Chelsea. In addition to this wardrobe staple, you’ll also be seeing hybrid booties, a combination of boot and sandal with elements such as peep-toes, open backs, cut out details, and strappy vamps.
For those who don’t like to wear high heels, there has been in upsurge in flats this season. From ballet flats, to smoking slippers and loafers, the variety is huge. They’ve been updated with velvet, pony hair, and other embellishments.
My favorite this fall? The statement boot. I’m in love with all the over-the-knee styles and fur-lined luxe booties coming this fall. Look for sumptuous fabrics like velvet, exotic skins, and delicious suede in a dark, rich palette.
Deep colors for fall and luxurious feminine styles are back, which means neons and bright patterns are going away. Boy am I happy about that! I do have bright workout clothes, but my eyes were pretty tired of seeing neon on pretty much everything.
The single sole shoe is still going strong, and super high platforms have faded off the radar. However, there were a good number of chunky shoes seen on the runway.
Heavy, intricate detail is in and dainty, understated looks are out. Embellishments and details on clothing and shoes will be bigger in scale, such as thicker laces, bigger tassles and buckles, and thicker straps. Although the shoe will look heavier in general, the design will be less about height and platforms and more about details, patterns, and the look as a whole. Classic shapes will always be in, but tuck away your daintier sandals and shoes for later.
Sources: Style.com, WWD Footwear News, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour