A Shoe In

by Walter Pierce

Must-have shapes and styles in fall footwear

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
By Amanda Bedgood  |  Photos by robin may

There are dozens of shapes that will be hard to live without this fall. With trends ranging from the super feminine heels to the most masculine of menswear oxfords and edgy moto boots, there's something that's totally hot right now no matter your vibe. Read on to learn about seven of the shapes we most love this season.

Rev it up The rock and roll boot of choice has become one of the best basics for fall that pairs well with easy jeans, sleek leggings and flirty little dresses. These stud decked moto boots ($80) bring a tough touch to any ensemble. From Maven Womenswear.

Cut it out The new boot does more than just show some ankle; these boots with subtle cutouts are the perfect way to bring fall footwear to hot South Louisiana. With trending buckles and a shape that works from boho to basic, these ($78) are a must have from Vanessa V. Boutique.

In combat The combat boot has gone mainstream. Now in a variety far beyond basic leather, the combat boot has arrived in full force in metallics and prints with details like edgy buckles and contrasting laces. This golden pair ($183) is a demure way to do the tough girl trend from Shoe La La.

Well heeled The nude heel remains the standard in demure footwear (who can turn down a heel that adds inches to the legs?), and this season it's time to add small details like ankle straps and embossed leathers for heels that are fit for any lady ready to make a statement. Nude heels ($135) from Shoe La La.

Bring on the funky Take any dress to a retro place with super tall wedges in vivid hues and fall time fabrications like lux velvet. These mile-high wedges ($50) from Shoe Fits come in black, red and mustard.

Loaf around The flat of choice for fall is beyond the average loafer. Found now with dressy details from sumptuous fabrication (think tapestry, velvet and sexy reptile) to standout details like studs and metallic toe ends. These neutral flats ($49) from Brother's on the Boulevard go from weekend to workday.

Men's club Whether it's a brogue with dapper details or a simple oxford, the menswear shoe trend is the season's go-to for day wear. Oxfords like these standout black and whites ($60) from Maven Womenswear are the comfy way to do statement footwear.