I know everyone’s manicured toes are doing open-air wiggles in flip flops right now, but it is time to start thinking about fall shoes. Before we know it, it’ll be time to reign in our piggies in all kinds of leather and suede adorableness. I don’t know about you, but I’m really hard on my shoes, so I pretty much have to restock my shoe wardrobe every fall. And you know kids…their little feet have probably grown three sizes since last year, so they need an update as well. So we’re outlining the shoe must-haves that need to be in your closet for fall:
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Why you need them: Because you can wear them with just about any outfit you can put together-work, play, date, weekend- there is a pair out there for every occasion.
How to wear them: Booties are perfect for fall as a transition piece from sandals once it starts to get a little cooler, so I pair them with all my skirts and dresses without tights. Then, once it gets cooler, I like to mix in a patterned tight and the bootie is a perfect way to show these off. They also are great for dressing up a pair of jeans and a blouse and are more comfortable in my opinion than your heels.
Why you need them: Because we’re in our 30’s now, not our 20’s, so let’s just admit we want to be comfortable at work.
How to wear them: It’s no secret that I love flats. I love them with joggers, with ankle-length trousers, with skinny jeans, with boyfriend jeans. And retailers have figured out that it’s not just the elderly with bunions and corns investing in this comfort trend, because flats have gotten super cute. This fall, look for metallics, suede, ankle straps, and loafer styles.
Why you need them: I fell in love with sneakers last season big time (see my sneaker attack here), but I’ve always been a dress for comfort girl at heart. The best part about buying sneakers now-a-days is that they come in so many fun designs and patterns and really can be your best friend as a mom on the go.
How to wear them: You can pair them with your basic jeans and a t-shirt, or dress it up a bit with a a-line dress or blazer (see below). Sneakers are no longer just for casual Friday.
Why you need them: Because that whole “pop of color” thing is legit. And sometimes you don’t want to think about your “pop” when you have a million things on your mind. But having a statement shoe in your back pocket makes it easy to look like your solid-shirt-and-jeans combo or your tried and true black-on-black evening look are all curated specifically to highlight a hot shoe trend.
How to wear them: You could totally be brave and mix patterns (see our advice for how to do that here) ) Or, if you don’t want to have to think about pattern pairing, stick with solids and neutrals so that they eye is drawn downward towards the fabulous shoes.