If you’re anything like me, you start planning your fall wardrobe in August. Okay, maybe July, but only if I come across a really fabulous pair of fall booties on a summer sale.
There’s nothing wrong with wearing booties all year-round (I definitely do this, and I’m not shy about it), but fall is when booties really make their mark. And not just booties, either! There are so many fall shoe trends to get excited about. Here are 5 of the most important trends to know and shop this fall.
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This summer, square toes were a hit in summer sandals, and this trend is not showing any signs of stopping.
If you’re feeling particularly sad about leaving your square-toed sandals when the weather cools down, fear not! Square-toed boots will be all the rage.
This shape is so chic and doesn’t demand too much attention – so you can get a bold print to make them a statement, or use them as your go-to bootie.
Shop the trend: Strappy Square Toe – Zara, Square Toe Croc Boot – Urban Outfitters, Square Toe Heel in Burgundy – Topshop, Square Toe Shoe with Buckles – Pretty Little Thing
This is the number one thing on my fall shopping list. I am so in love with patent leather booties, and I just know that they’re going to be the perfect statement shoe.
This trend works perfectly for those who prefer to keep their wardrobe neutral, and those who like a little glam – adding some shine is the ideal balance between a neutral piece and a statement piece.
Shop the trend: Block Heel Pointed Toe Boots – Boohoo, Croc Print Bootie – Pretty Little Thing, Patent Leather Boot – Boohoo, Zip-Up Boot – Princess Polly
Fall is the best time for layers, and with layering comes a little bit of grungy flair. This fall, play up that edginess by sporting a pair of lug sole shoes with your favorite layers.
This trend is so simple and easy to find because it works with almost any fall shoe. Lug sole mary janes? Yes, please. Lug sole sneakers? An excuse to keep wearing your chunky dad sneakers! Lug sole booties? Not even a question.
Shop the trend: Animal Print Platforms – Zara, White Lug Sole Boot – Zara, Lug Sole Sneaker – Zara, ‘Jadon’ Doc Martens – Nordstrom
This trend might already be in your closet! If you’re into a little bit of edge but not so much into the lug sole trend, opt for a lace-up shoe (or combat boot) instead!
Lace-up shoes are the perfect fall shoe trend to complete a night out look, or to glam up an everyday outfit! I just know that these lace-up booties from Zara will be all over Instagram once they drop in stores!
Related reading: How to Style Combat Boots (+10 Outfit Ideas)
For those who prefer to keep their back-to-school looks on the low-key side, a pair of lace-up boots will go perfectly with boyfriend jeans (cuffed above the boot to keep proportions even!) and a graphic tee, or your favorite skinny jeans and sweater combo.
Shop the trend: White Combat Boots – Pretty Little Thing, Lace-up Heels – Boohoo, Lug Sole Lace-up Boots – Urban Outfitters, Heeled Lace-up Boots – Zara
If skinny jeans are your go-to, meet your new favorite fall boot trend. Slouchy boots are the middle ground between western inspiration and model-off-duty vibes.
Getting a pair of slouchy boots in a neutral color like black or brown (depending on what color would work better with your back-to-school wardrobe) will ensure that you always have the perfect pair of boots to wear.
Shop the trend: Knee-high Boots – Boohoo, Slouchy Western Boots – Pretty Little Thing, Slouchy Croc Print Boots – Boohoo, Slouchy Knee High Boots – H&M
Consider: Crystal Embellishments
Might I suggest, for your next glam occasion, a pair of crystal-studded heels?
Crystal embellishments add a little extra glamour to a dress and heels combo and even look chic paired with a skirt for a night out. Fall jewelry usually tends to lean toward silver over gold, so rhinestones will be a perfect addition.
A little bit of sparkle never hurt anyone!
Crystal Heels from Zara
I want to hear from you! What do you think of these fall shoe trends?
Which of these fall shoe trends will you be sporting? Which summer shoe trend will be the hardest to say goodbye to? Let’s discuss.