After a summer full of whites and bright colors, I look forward to the muted tones of fall and winter. These pumps by Schutz are a perfect transition style because they retain the ladylike silhouette of a summer shoe, but are crafted with colors and textures perfect for the fall season. Around here, temperatures stay warm for a while, so this pair is perfect for those sunnier fall days when I don’t want to wear boots just yet. I actually snagged them last year during the final clearance markdowns of summer. I personally think this is the best time to look for transition pieces since the stores clear out their stock to make room for fall and winter goodies.
It’s no secret that I absolutely adore Casadei shoes. From season to season, there’s always something new, fantastic, and unexpected in the collections. I especially love the styles that have both lady-like elegance and edgier details. The sleek iconic blade heel really balances out the multiple tiny straps in this pair. I think the design evokes a little bit of bad-ass energy as well as a sophisticated feel. They’re sold out by now (last seen on Selfridges) but I managed to find a great double-take by Schutz instead.
In my opinion, Valentino shoes were leaders when the studded shoe trend rose up last year. The collection included several tastefully embellished styles, including pumps, flats, and boots, that were easily recognizable and spotted on many celebrities and bloggers. These booties sold out fairly quickly!
The first day of fall is only one week away! Is your closet ready for the coming chilly weather? Boot season is my favorite season. But knowing me, when spring season rolls around I’ll probably be saying that sandal season is my favorite. But either way, a shoe closet needs a good supply of each!
For the fall, your best bet is a black knee-high boot. It goes with everything, from jeans and skirts to dresses and shorts. It can be flat or with a heel, with buckles or without, and in any material that you choose. I prefer leather, but there are many other options out there as well, including fabric, faux leather, and even rubber rain boots! Most of the pairs in my boot bounty list are leather and black (black boots are just so hard to resist), but you can find many more options on my favorite websites for shoe shopping (6pm, Zappos, Yoox, etc.) and at stores in your area. And even if you’re not looking to get boots this year, you can still feast on my list of styles to lust after:
BCBG Max Azria Nimber (6pm)
Adrienne Vittadini Birdie (Amazon)
Franco Sarto Talula (DSW)
Louise et Cie Zavia (Lord and Taylor)
Note: DSW does not pay me to write about shoes.
If you’re looking for a statement-making ankle boot, this is it. There’s nothing that I don’t love about these; the grid cut out design, pointed toe, and perfectly straight heel all add up to a seriously stunning shoe. The best bit? They can function for any season! You can find these at Piperlime, Zappos, and Shopbop.
Enzo Angiolini Damus (Macy’s)
These boots by Enzo Angiolini are not a perfect double-take, but if you’re going for the wedge with an over-size cuff look, the Damus is a great choice. Enzo shoes are high quality, and most of them are very comfortable.
Who needs flip-flops if this kind of magical creation exists? I love these sandals (also in pink), I think they’re the epitome of cool summer style. You can get the original Valentino design at MyTheresa and Forward by Elyse Walker. Unfortunately, my pockets don’t run this deep. Luckily, I found what is possibly the best double-take version of a Valentino Rockstud style. The structure, color, and studs on the Denise sandal by Schutz mirror the original. The best part, the lining and upper are 100% leather!
The most trending style you couldn’t help but notice this spring was studded shoes, and the most popular came from Valentino. The Rockstud (Saks, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom) has been spotted on celebrities and bloggers, which quickly made them very popular. I think it’s because Valentino took an element reserved for hardcore punk styles and pared it down to something that is sophisticated, sleek, sexy, and edgy all at the same time. It’s not surprising that many other brands took inspiration from the original Valentino designs.