Fall Shoe Report: These 5 Styles Are About to Be Huge

Get in on the trends first.

The easiest way to dip a toe into next season trends is to invest in of-the-moment shoes. And with fall’s vast assortment of looks, there’s something for everyone. Here’s your first look at five fall shoes that will be big — and your roadmap to start your fall shopping now. 

Is there anything more decadent than an unexpected pop of velvet? Step into a pair of booties ([1] MM6 Maison Margiela boots, $535 at Erdon, Old City and Moorestown or Ellery fall/winter 2016) or some vintage-inspired pumps ([2] Jimmy Choo Lacey pumps, $875 at Jimmy Choo, King of Prussia) to add another layer of texture to any look. This fall, it’s out with the staid suede and in with the jewel-toned velvets.

The ’90s were about more than just halter necks and black chokers; chunky shoes reigned supreme, and with the decade’s styles making a comeback, it was only a matter of time before heavy-soled kicks cropped up on the circuit. Get tough with some thick rubber treads and lug soles to add some bad-assery to your ensemble, like these [1] Stuart Weitzman Manila oxfords ($445 at Stuart Weitzman, Rittenhouse) or those [2] Stella McCartney brogues ($990).

Platforms, in all their height-giving, pain-sparing beauty, will forever be my favorite heels. Luckily, these Bowie-esque shoes reign supreme now, with major platforms and chunky, funky heels. Try a [1] raised boot (Zara, $139) for colder temperatures, but first opt for a [2] suede sandal during early fall (Prada, $820 at Saks Fifth Avenue).

Did we mention fall is all about texture? Because these bold shoes hit it out of the park, pumped up by poufs of plumage or fur. Keep things casual-yet-chic in [1] fuzzy loafers (Tibi Sofie loafer, $425), or add a fun flair to any cocktail hour in [2] strappy heels (Brother Vellies tufted Dhara sandals, $715).

More is more: Fall’s best boots are upgraded with studs, sequins and beads — because there’s no such thing as a shoe that’s too over-the-top. Get quirky with these [1] buggy boots (Zara embellished boots, $239), a little edgy with these [2] Harley-worthy kicks (Alexander Wang studded Kori Oxfords $695 at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bala Cynwyd), or go all-out femme with [3] sequins galore (Roger Vivier sequined booties, $2,350 at Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia).

Get the idea? It’s all about boldness when it comes to fall shoes — and we’re loving it!