Fall footwear goes ladylike with ribbons, satin and jewels but also has a tough side in boots of every height from ankle to thigh high.
They sport square or round block heels as well as spikes, wedge platforms, ballerina flats and some unusual sculpted heels.
Pedro Garcia at Nordstrom
The biggest news is the use of luxurious fabrics such as velvet and satin that are often decorated with feminine details including crystals and bows.
Miu Miu at Neiman Marcus
Consider Miu Miu’s dark blue velvet Mary Jane with a pearl buckle at Neiman Marcus. The lovely shoe embodies multiple trends: jewels, velvet, block heels and the high-heel Mary Jane.
You’ll find velvet ribbons that lace up the ankle like a ballerina toe shoe, such as Valentino’s black pointy-toe pump at Nordstrom, and velvet boots in a palette ranging from blush to cobalt blue, moss green, purple and burgundy.
Jimmy Choo at Neiman Marcus
Satin makes a comeback with ornamental twists. Look for it on evening shoes and ballerina flats festooned with bows, jewels or channel stitching as well as embroidered boots and detailed sneakers.
Patent leather is another glamorous material that turns up in footwear as well as handbags.
The leopard print – one of nature’s crowning design glories – takes you for a walk on the wild side. Tory Burch and Kate Spade stock a variety of leopard shoes including slides and sandals.
Always elegant, black and gold is a key fall color combo. Look for gold embellishments on black shoes, including embroidery, studs, grommets and buckles.
Saint Laurent at Nordstrom
What’s new in boots? Lace ups. Combat inspirations. Pointy toes. Thigh highs. Urban cowboy looks. Cuffed tops. Slouchy styles. Sculptural heels. And the most prevalent silhouette – the ankle boot – anchored with spike, block and flat heels.
Take your pick.