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Back to School Fashion: 6 Hot Fall 2012 Shoe Trends


fall 2012 shoe trends

Time for part three of our annual back to school shopping guide! Over the last few weeks we’ve told you all about the season’s most popular fashion trends, the best Fall 2012 color trends, and this week we’ll be talking fall shoe trends.

We’re firm believers that a girl can never have too many pairs of shoes in her closet, and whether you like flats or pumps, have a girly aesthetic or prefer some edge, this season’s shoe trends offer something for everyone. There’s no reason not to add a new pair (or two!) to your collection.

Want to learn about the trendiest footwear for fall? Just scroll on down to find out six of the hottest Fall 2012 shoe trends as well as some of our favorite budget-friendly pairs:

1. Chunky Ankle Boots

Boots always reign supreme in fall and winter, but this season, it’s all about chunky ankle boots. With their extra thick and sturdy heels, these boots offer a comfortable boost of height, which makes them perfect for everyday wear. Plus, the fact that they’re ankle booties means that they’ll pair well with everything from dresses to skinny jeans.

chunky ankle boots fall 2012 shoe trend
Product Info: Brown Lace-Ups- Rocket Dog, Black Tasseled- Forever 21, White- PacSun, Burgundy- DSW, Black- ASOS, Brown Tasseled-  ModCloth, Green- ASOS, Taupe- Rocket Dog, Tan Suede- Wet Seal

2. Smoking Slippers

If you’re looking for a fresh take on your basic ballet flat, smoking slippers are for you. These ultra-comfortable loafers are just as versatile as flats, but boast a distinct menswear-inspired vibe. Smoking slippers are available in pretty much every color, pattern and style imaginable, but check out a few of our favorite pairs below.

smoking slippers fall 2012 shoe trend
Product Info: Leopard- PacSun, Black Cut-Out- LuLu’s, Fuchsia- DSW, Embroidered- Gap, Houndstooth- Forever 21, Skull- Steve Madden, Woven- DSW, Teal- Urban Outfitters

3. Neon-Sole Oxfords

Oxfords have been popular for a few seasons now, but this season they’ve received a modern and colorful update. Neon-sole oxfords are all the rage and just like the name suggests, these shoes have a brightly-colored bottom portion. This style not only adds an unexpected pop of color, but helps to modernize the traditionally masculine shoe.

neon sole oxfords fall 2012 shoe trend
Product Info: Leopard- Madden Girl, Tan & Blue- Delia’s, Gray & Purple- Target, Gray & Yellow- Charlotte Russe, Brown & Orange- GoJane, Black & Blue- Olsenboye, Taupe & Pink- American Eagle Outfitters, Brown & Blue- Kohl’s

4. Mary Jane Pumps

You may remember wearing Mary Janes in elementary school, but this childhood staple has gotten a college-friendly upgrade. Mary Jane pumps are super-trendy this fall and every kind of platform and high-heel has been given the Mary Jane treatment. Check out a few of our fall-appropriate favorites below.

mary jane pumps fall 2012 shoe trend
Product Info: Tan- Forever 21, Black & White- ModCloth, Dark Gray- DSW, Burgundy- Jessica Simpson Collection, Red- DSW, Black- Aldo, Light Gray- Amazon, Tan & White- DSW

5. Glitter

Glamour girls, get excited: shoes adorned with glitter are going to be huge this season. From subtle, slightly matte styles to ultra-shimmery, blinged out versions, these trendy flats, heels and boots are sure to add some sparkle to your wardrobe. Here are a few of our favorite styles for autumn.

glitter fall 2012 shoe trend
Product Info: Wedge Booties- JCPenney, Ballet Flats- Topshop, Slip-Ons- TOMS, Slingback Platforms- Olsenboye, Pumps- Nine West, Loafers- DV by Dolce Vita

6. Studs

If you like a little edge with your footwear, look no further than this season’s popular studded shoes. These rock ‘n’ roll embellishments can be found on everything from sky-high pumps to demure flats and whether you want a pair of shoes with just a hint of metal or something covered in studs, you’re bound to find your perfect pair below.

studs fall 2012 shoe trend
Product Info: Brown Boots- Steve Madden, Loafers- Charlotte Russe, Nude Pumps-, Purple Flats- Forever 21, Gray Boots- Target, Oxfords- Steve Madden, Gray Pumps- DSW, White Flats- Topshop

Your thoughts?

What do you think of these trends? Which one is your favorite? Any trends you aren’t feeling? Will you be wearing any of these shoes on campus this fall? As always, remember to leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

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31 Responses to “Back to School Fashion: 6 Hot Fall 2012 Shoe Trends”

  1. 1
    August 19th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Neon sole oxfords might just be the coolest shoes ever. Though I swore not to buy shoes, other than rain boots, in 2012. Only 4 months until I get a pair. And lace up booties. And loafers. Help!

  2. 2
    August 19th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I feel like the only person in the world who isn’t into the smoking slipper trend, they remind me of actual, old people’s, slippers!
    However I’m loving the chunky boot trend and embellished shoes :)

  3. 3
    August 19th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I love all these new fall shoes. Especially the smoking slippers and ankle boots. The oxfords I’m gonna have to pass up I’m just not a big fan of them. And I just ordered some military boots after months of searching I’m so excited to get them. I might just have to add some studs to them.

  4. 4
    August 19th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I’m definitely into the slipper and stud trend. I think my favorite look is studded slippers! Also, I love the neon oxfords. They’re fun, but not obnoxious. Perfect for school.

  5. 5
    August 19th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    This post makes me so excited to go shoe shopping!!! I have seriously had my eye on a pair of smoking slippers for fall. Shoe Dazzle has a pair of coral-y pink ones with some studs on them that are just too cute! I am seriously like in love. I can’t wait to try some other ones of these trends. I’m so excited that glitter shoes are a trend because I have been wanting a pair of multi-colored glitter ballet flats for like the longest time.

  6. 6
    August 19th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Yay, I just bought those black tasseled boots from Forever 21 a couple days ago! I’m definitely into the ankle boot trend. :)

  7. 7
    August 19th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I love all of them,and will definitely be picking up some of these styles soon. The neon soled oxfords are my favorite, I think they’d be a great DIY!

  8. 8
    August 19th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I bought a great pair of wedge ankle boots a few weeks ago and am looking forward to rockin em through the fall. still on the lookout for the perfect pair of loafers that matches the idea in my head, though.

  9. 9
    August 20th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Love the studded shoes that are out right now! I just bought the cutest pumps with a studded heel and platform from Chinese Laundry! I can’t wait to wear them out!

  10. 10
    August 20th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Love the shoes!! Could you do a post on trends in clothes/shoes/jewelry that are still in this year?

  11. 11
    August 20th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I could live in loafers all day everyday — the leopard and fuchsia pairs especially. ;)

  12. 12
    August 25th, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Don’t worry Rachel, I’m not into the smoking slippers either! To be honest, I’m not even a fan of oxfords (especially the neon soled ones) for the reasons you stated about smoking slippers- they look too ‘old people’ to me! And neon soled oxfords just look like two totally different styles trying too hard to be one- rather than seamlessly being an ‘edgy’ look.

    But then again, that’s just my personal preference- it probably doesn’t help that I’m into the laidback boho/ rocker style more than the preppy look, lol!

    But I have a question- I know nowadays absolutely EVERYONE wears ankle booties with everything like dresses/ jeans etc, but doesn’t wearing them with dresses truancate the legs, making you appear shorter? Or is that just me? =\

  13. 13
    August 25th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Neon Soles…trend I will be trying ASAP!!
    What about wedge sneakers, I am loving them right now..

  14. 14
    August 27th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I always have the most difficult time wearing ankle boots. They always make my legs look SO short… Maybe you guys could do a post on finding the right ankle boots =)

  15. 15
    September 6th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I love the smoking slippers :). Unless it’s a singular, fabulous statement shoe, I like to stick to what’s practical and works with many outfits. For me, that’s the Mary Jane pumps and a smoking slipper out of these. One thing I’ve never loved are ankle boots. Maybe it’s because I’m 5’0″ with big calves- they chop me up at an unfortunate spot and are quite unflattering.

  16. 16
    March 23rd, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Ooh, thank you for this post! I’ve been looking for a cute pair of ankle boots with a chunky heel and I just bought the Modcloth ones you featured. They’re so cute and quirky!

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