the complete guide to fall footwear

Around this time of year, there tends to be an abundance of information from your favorite blogs and brands about how to shop according to the latest trends for the new Autumn/Winter season. However, this information always tends to be focused on clothing. What about footwear, we hear you ask?

Shoes go hand-in-hand with clothing and come under the “fashion” umbrella, therefore what you wear on your feet for fall is just as important as what you wear on your body. After all, a good-looking shoe can truly finish off and perfect an outfit.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here is the complete guide to fall footwear.

Glitz and Glamour

april metallic leather sock boots

April Metallic Leather Sock Boots, £75.00

mimi metallic leather ankle boot

Mimi Metallic Leather Ankle Boots, £79.00

Ladies, it’s time to up the ante this season and get your glitter on. Fall footwear is all about the sparkle and shines for all of you dedicated maximalists out there.

Think: sequin ankle and metallic knee-high boots, taking inspiration from designers such as Loewe and Saint Laurent, or you’ve got the option of full-on glitter boots as showcased by Chanel and Isabel Marant at their A/W 17 shows. You could even go for a cute yet impactful embellished court shoe or sandal a la Miu Miu and Loewe.

Whatever style of shoe that you choose, don’t be shy. Simply pair them with a classic tailored dress or jumpsuit for the ultimate party look this season.

Get Your Grunge On

dr martens purple pascal boots

Dr. Matens Purple Pascal Boots, £150.00

carvela skewer black lace up military boots

Carvela Skewer Lace Up Military Boots, £170.00

Sassiness is sexy this fall, and what better way to demonstrate some attitude by stomping around in combat boots?

Androgyny is one of the key fashion trends for A/W 17, and one of the best ways to emulate some masculinity is by copying your man’s favorite pair of sturdy shoes.

Doc-Marten-style boots were all over the designer runways this season, with calf-length classics dominating at Alexander Wang and Dior, and knee-length lace-up beauties featuring more than once at Altuzarra. There were even some white variations shown at The Row.

The trick is to go big and bold with this A/W 17 footwear trend. (Boyfriend jumper and jeans optional.)

Modern Cowgirl

daniel reign tan leather metal chain riding boot

Daniel Tan Leather Riding Boot, £70.00

saint laurent curtis suede cowboy boots

Saint Laurent Fringed Suede Cowboy Boots, £427.00

A fresh take on the traditional cowboy boots, it’s time to welcome the Modern Cowgirl trend of A/W 17.

From ankle-lengths at Alexander McQueen and Balmain to the traditional shapes at Calvin Klein, cowboy boots have been a contemporary twist through an array of materials, colours and textures. They were even given a higher heel at Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney.

If you’re looking to channel your inner western girl this season, simply combine your boots with a floral or paisley printed dress, or a check shirt and flared jeans, to successfully epitomise 1970’s chic.

Red Hot

small dose vegan suede ankle boot

Nasty Gal Small Dose Vegan Suede Ankle Boot, £30.00

stuart weitzman suede over the knee boots

Stuart Weitzman Tieland Suede Over The Knee Boots, £763.00

As you may already know, red is one of this season’s key colour trends. From deep berry shades to bright tomatoes, anything goes in the current world of fashion.

It seems to be the same when it comes to fall footwear. Red is red hot right now! Stiletto boots were seen at Adam Lippes, over-the-knee numbers were present at Fendi, and there were even fierce lace-ups featured at Givenchy.

From block hues to two-tones, as long as your shoes are red this season, you’re doing it right.

Slouchy is Better

dune reenie pointed toe ruched calf boots

Dune Reenie Pointed Toe Ruched Calf Boots, £145.00

dune rossy slouch calf boots

Dune Rossy Slouch Calf Boots, £145.00

This A/W 17, it’s all about the slouch. (Slouchy boots, that is.)

We’re loving the beautiful butterscotch knee-lengths we saw at Saint Laurent, as well as the suede beauties showcased at Etro and Michael Kors. The great thing about slouchy boots is: not only do they look cool and casual, but they’re so unbelievably comfortable!

No matter what colour or style that you decide to go for, just remember one all-important rule this season: slouchy is better.

White Not

juicy v cut mules

JUICY V-Cut Mules, £56.00

haze boots

Haze Boots, £198.00

In complete contrast to the red-hot look comes a total whiteout. Contributing to the disco fever look inspired by the 1970’s that is so popular in fashion this A/W 17, white shoes are definitely having a major footwear moment.

If you’re feeling this groovy vibe, why not take inspiration from the court shoes with stiletto heels seen at Balenciaga, or the white block heels at Dries Van Noten? You could also go down the boot route. The slouchy ankle boots seen by Derek Lam were simply divine, in addition to Marc Jacobs’ knee-length visions.

Either way, this footwear trend might be a little “out-there”, but it’s fun and allows you to experiment with a unique look reminiscent of the 70’s era. If you’re struggling, think of the Austin Powers movies, and you won’t go far wrong.

Slick and Sleek

roger vivier satin d'orsay pumps

Roger Vivier Satin D’Orsay Pumps, £785.00

tibi sean slingback

Tibi Sean Slingback, £450.00

Another key fashion trend for A/W 17 is texture. Whether through sci-fi-style lame dresses, or 70s-style shearling jackets, clothing in a multitude of materials and fabrics is hot right now.

This is also the case when it comes to fall footwear. We’re seeing a lot of slippery satin and silk shoes on the market at the moment, as well as velvet boots, inspired by designer catwalks.

From Tibi’s mermaid green satin sandals to Phillip Lim’s burgundy velvet boots, we just love them all. We particularly love Gucci’s black satin embellished court shoes, which would be ideal for a party.

In fact, most of these sassy textured options are perfect for situations where you need to get your groove on. Whether it’s a Christmas party or your Mum’s birthday meal, you’re guaranteed to stand out for all the right reasons in this type of fall footwear.

There’s no denying that the footwear for A/W 17 is playful. If you’re not feeling adventurous, simply tone down your shoes by investing in classic colour palettes and shapes. However, if you are feeling brave, why not mix it up this season? Your feet will thank you for it.

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