Stepping Into Fall: 25 On-Trend Shoes

SHOE LOVERS, rejoice. Choices abound for updating your footwear wardrobe with designers who delivered shots of color, a variety of styles and glittery embellishments. Furthermore, from chunky, block heels to dainty kitten heels, fall 2018 is shaping up to be a walk-friendly season. We talked to a Neiman Marcus spokesperson for some intel on the trends we’re seeing.

Fall brings booties galore. Cowboy boots stride in and out of fashion. If you lovingly remember yours, fall is chockablock with new Western-inspired styles (like fashion darling Isabel Marant’s cap-toe version). The slouchy ankle boot of the ’80s is also back in rotation. Hiking boots have gone haute; the best are the ones that look good and that you can actually hike in. Sock boots are big—low and high versions were seen on the fall runways of designers Miuccia Prada and Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga.

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Isabel Marant Fall Runway TheFashionSpot Western Boots

Isabel Marant


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Balenciaga Fall 2018 Sock Booties



Like prints? You’re in luck. Go a little wild with fall’s latest crop of animal patterns (think leopard flats, zebra-print ankle boots, snake slingbacks). Clothing’s tweeds and checks have migrated down to the feet. There’s a new focus on the sculpted heel, while foot-slimming pointed toes are here again, as are square toes. (Remember the old Gucci loafer? It’s back with the signature bit strap but with new add-ons like crystal heels and metallic embroidery.)

Whether tied around ankles or around the shoe itself, bows are flirty, femme embellishments. But the adornments don’t end there. Established labels like Marc Jacobs, and new designers including Magda Butrym and Attico have decided that ears and fingers can’t have all the fun; it’s time for feet to sparkle, and so shoes are studded with shiny beads, feathers and twinkling gems.

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Marc Jacobs Jeweled Shoe

Marc Jacobs


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Magda Butrym Bows Fall 2018

Magda Butrym


What else can you look forward to? The polka dot is spot on for fall. Designers, including royal favorite Richard Quinn (Queen Elizabeth sat front row at his fall 2018 runway show and presented Quinn with the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design), went all out for dots.

Richard Quinn Polka Dots

Richard Quinn

Block-heeled, two-inch (or lower) pumps are back in style. Think of it as the new power pump for working women. Everlane sells them in mustard suede.

Brogues are landing in the cool category thanks to creative styling. On the Michael Kors runway, a sleek black-and-white design was paired with cropped yellow plaid pants.

Leg-elongating mules (a cross between a Moroccan slipper and a classic kitten heel) from Balenciaga and Malone Souliers will take you miles this fall. Wear them with pants and midi skirts.

To help you narrow down the many choices, we’ve picked out 25 on-trend shoes guaranteed to boot up your style quotient for autumn.



Marabou Pumps

Attico Marabou Feather Mid-heel Pumps, $785

Matches Fashion

Marabou feather-adorned shoes stood out in Attico’s AW18 collection. The velvet ankle ties and front plumage add texture, while the pointed toe and cone-shaped heel give them a bit of a tough vibe.

Tartan Flats

Simone Rocha Bead-Embellished Tartan Flats, $745

Matches Fashion

Set on a small stacked heel, the multicoloured tweed is paneled with glittering black lamé and glossy beads. Wear them for an opulent finish to an evening dress.

Meadow Flats

Tory Burch Meadow Embellished Flats, $239.99


These flats with rhinestone embellishments and pointy-toe style are adorable with skinny jeans or leggings.

Smoking Loafers

Donald J Pliner Lynn Embellished Suede Smoking Loafers, $178

Lord & Taylor

These smoking loafers are a smoking hot selection and gorgeous with slacks.


Velvet Mule

Saptodjojokartiko Magani Bow Lambskin And Velvet Mule, $395

Moda Operandi

Soft leather and lush velvet, these mules sport an elegant bow that drapes across the foot.

Pina Mules

Botkier Pina Kitten-Heeled Mules, $138



Corin Heels

Donald J Pliner Corin Heels have 2.25 inch block heels are simple, understated, and gorgeous. $218

Lord & Taylor

Square-toe Heels

Shoes of Prey’s SOL 55 Square-toe Block Heels in colorful red suede sport a 2.2 inch-heel. $168


Loafer Pumps

Leather Loafer Pumps with block heels from Karl Lagerfeld Paris look very much like the far more expensive Gucci style. $59.60

Lord & Taylor


BB Pump

Manolo Blahnik BB Pointy Toe Pump, $695


Pretty polka dots on denim and a slender kitten heel give a kick to this pump.

Snakeskin Pumps

Ganni Sabine Printed Snakeskin Pumps, $280

Moda Operandi

An unexpected green snakeskin print makes this tied slingback kitten heel a standout.

Rodney Flats

Sam Edelman Rodney Cheetah Calf Hair d’Orsay Flats, $120

Lord & Taylor


Toe Sock Bootie

Prada Pointy Toe Sock Bootie, $790


Snug and form-fitting. How easy is this to put on in the a.m.!

Drum Boots

3.1 Phillip Lim Drum Tweed & Leather Heeled Ankle Boots, $595

Saks Fifth Avenue

Tweed and leather send a pleasing mixed message on these booties.

Capell Boot

Marc Fisher Capell Genuine Shearling Cuff Lace-Up Boot, $248.95


Plush shearling adds an extra-cozy touch to a utilitarian, cold-weather boot in a tough, lace-up silhouette.

Kinzey Booties

Sam Edelman Embroidered Kitten Heel Booties, $140

Lord & Taylor

Say yes to this multicolor floral embroidery on this pair of booties your friends are sure to envy.


Lamsy Boots

Isabel Marant Lamsy Leather Cap-Toe Ankle Boots, $1,350

Moda Operandi

An investment, but these cowboy boots with silver-tone detailing and geometric heel will go with everything and take you anywhere.

Cowboy Booties

These Fendi Heeled Coated Canvas Cowboy Booties are going fast even on pre-order! $1,190


Nica Boot

Splendid Nica Slouchy Boot in white (yes, white is right for this fall), $198.95


A demure low heel balances the sleek pointy toe of a Western-inspired slouchy boot made with a cushy footbed.

Pexton Boots

Here’s a great deal on the Lucky Brand Pexton Embroidered Ankle Boots in a variety of colors, priced on clearance from $51.60-$64.50.

Lord & Taylor


V Heel

Everlane’s V Heel features a v-shaped vamp and almond toe, in addition to a walkable heel. Available in mustard, light blue, black and pink suede. $155


Classic Oxford

Church’s Tayloe Suede Classic Oxford, $480



BB Mule

Balenciaga BB Logo Pointy-Toe Mules, $750


Maisie Mule

Malone Souliers Maisie Banded Mule, $595


A party for your feet with a geometric woven band, a kitten heel in a contrast color and a glossy patent pointy toe.

Adair Mule

Sam Edelman Adair Mule in black leather, oatmeal suede and leopard brahma hair, $139.95


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