If you can't wait to pull your boots on and stride into a new fashion season, then you're in luck. The shoe show this fall is one you won't want to miss. From colorful velvet shooties to mod Mary Janes to heavy metal hiking boots, there's fancy footwear for all. Here's a peek at the top 10 trends:
—Vavoom Velvet. Velvet is the material of the moment for ready-to-wear, but it's stepping out in plush boots, pumps and mules. Black may be a classic in velvet, but the news is all about jewel-tone color...royal purple, midnight blue, emerald green or rich burgundy.
—Mod Mary Janes. Skip back to the '60s when baby doll dresses and Mary Janes were de rigueur. Then add a square block heel and chunky ankle strap to bring it into a new age. Add some fishnets and you've got Twiggy redux.
—Pumped up Pumps. There's always room for another pair of pumps in our wardrobes, and these high heels are still making big strides into corporate boardrooms and ritzy restaurants. This fall, add a funky twist to a new pair of pumps. Try wearing them with socks.
—Elegant Embellishments. Plain Jane shoes? Not this season. There are plenty of reasons to shine. From sparkly jewels to rhinestones and crystals, the bling is blinding. The decorative touches don't end there either. Check out the floral embroidered boots and the silver studded Mary Janes. Feathers and fur are flying, too.
—Moto magic. Take a lug-soled motorcycle boot and mix in a rugged hiking boot, then dress it up with lots of oversized buckles, zippers and Victorian laces in shiny leather or buttery suede. You've got an updated take on one of the newest boot silhouettes of the year with a touch of punk rock.
—Midi boots. The ankle boot and over-the-knee boot has been the hit of the past few years, but if you really want something fresh, pull on a pair of midi-boots. These boots that are a hybrid of the thigh high boot and the ankle boot that hit mid-calf and are a great complement to the season's shorter cropped pants and culottes.
—High heel Platforms. Thick, chunky heeled flat form sandals morph into fall from summer in stacked heels with open toes and ankle straps that feature the season's cool weather textures — suede and velvet. The focus is on the heels — color blocked, striped, graphic Art Deco designs. When worn with tights or socks, these new platforms are a great alternative to boots.
—Menswear flats. These workhorse shoes are the ones you'll wear every day. From lace-up oxfords to wingtip brogues to slip-on loafers, the latest flats are updated in shiny metallics, reptile skins, and of course, fall's favorite velvet.
—Sculptural heels. Designers love to put their artistic inspirations to work on shoes that you'll never want to stash away. Heels are rounded into balls, curved into chrome and squared off in wood. Make a pair of these the focal point of your outfit. These special shoes will be a true statement piece you can wear for every occasion.
—Pointy toe ballet flats. Another perennial favorite, the ballet-inspired slipper is a comfort shoe that never goes out of style. The pointed toe is one of fall's best buys. The lace-up gladiator look continues to dominate this trend and gives the silhouette a lot more dressed up style for fall and winter. Add embellished details, and you've got a holiday star — twinkle toes for sure.
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