Last weekend, I had some downtime on Sunday afternoon, and I went through my closet and weeded out items I’m not wearing, as well as anything leftover from my summer wardrobe that I was hanging onto for those occasional mild days.
I thought it might be fun to recap what’s left, or at least my favorites in each category, so these are my favorite fall shoes and boots.
These are mostly items I’ve purchased this year because I tried to keep this list to things that are currently available, in case you’re interested in any of them, but it’s also meant to be something of a fall footwear capsule.
In other words, these are the types of shoes and boots I find myself needing each year. The styles may change, but the types of footwear tend to carry over from year to year. Maybe it will be helpful if you’re tweaking or finalizing your fall wardrobe.
My Favorite Fall Sneakers
I live a casual lifestyle, so stylish sneakers are a must, and I have several pairs I reach for on the regular.
P448 John Sneaker
My P448 Johns from this year’s #NSale are probably my most-worn pair at the moment. They’re so easy to slip on and go, they’re super comfortable, and I love the gunmetal accent on the back.
These sneakers are pricey, so I always buy mine when they go on sale. You can read more about why I think they’re worth the price. I wear them with everything from dresses and skirts to jeans and shorts.
J.Crew Field Sneaker
For a more affordable option, the newest addition to my sneaker wardrobe is the J.Crew Field Sneaker. I love this low profile style; it reminds me of the Adidas Samba that’s so popular right now, but I like that it’s not the exact same shoe. Also, these sneakers are 30% off right now, with code SHOPNOW.
I usually wear these with my slim straight ankle jeans, like the MOTHER Dazzler.
I like it best when there’s a break between the jeans and the top of the shoe, but it also works when the jeans are a little longer, like with the Gap Factory straight leg jeans below.
My Favorite Fall Boots
If I’m not wearing sneakers in the fall, I’m probably wearing ankle boots, so I like to have several different styles and colors. In fact, I have two shelves of ankle boots in my closet right now.
Over the past few years, suede booties were a huge trend, but I’m feeling like leather looks fresher and more current this season, so that’s mostly what I have right now.
Marc Fisher Fabina
I always make sure to have at least one pair of black ankle boots in my fall/winter closet, and they get a lot of wear, so I often have a few styles.
The Marc Fisher Fabina Pointed Toe Bootie is the newest addition to my fall shoe wardrobe, and it’s a nice versatile style that you can dress up or down. If you don’t need a lot of boots, this is a pair that you can wear with lots of different outfits.
I’ve worn these boots with straight leg jeans, flares, and wide leg jeans, and they look equally good with all of them. The 2 1/2″ block heel is walkable and still gives me the height I need with longer length jeans.
These boots aren’t “waterproof” but the leather is hard and shiny enough to withstand messy Pennsylvania winters. If I could have only one pair of black boots, it would be this pair. And if you aren’t into black, these also come in brown and white, and the brown pair is especially beautiful.
Marc Fisher Ulani
When I want a dressier look, I usually opt for the Marc Fisher Ulani, which I purchased during the #NSale last summer. I realize these are awfully similar to the Marc Fisher Fabina, but they have a slightly higher heel and an overall dressier look about them. The Fabina has a bit of a Western flair with the tapered heel and slightly squared off toe box, but the Ulani is more of a dress boot.
I usually wear this pair with dresses, when I want to wear ankle boots with a dress, but they also look great with bootcut jeans and a pretty blouse when I want a date night look.
These boots have a 3 1/4″ curved half moon block heel and a 5″ shaft, and they’re made of a sleek and soft black leather. (They also come in black suede and ivory leather. Also, if you want a similar style in a lower heel, take a look at the Marc Fisher Jarli.)
I also purchased the Vince Hilda Bootie during the #NSale last summer, and I love the lower heel and the sleek almond shaped toe. Plus, the leather on these boots is like butter. They are absolutely gorgeous.
I don’t really need these, in addition to the other two, but I do love them. I find myself reaching for them when I want a softer, more luxe (and also low heel) boot option. The 1 3/4″ heel is refreshing to wear after years of 3 3/4″ heels!
Since the leather is so soft and supple, I’m more careful with them than I am the two above and probably won’t wear them in messy weather.
Nordstrom Rack has the Vince Hela on sale, and it’s very similar, but not quite as soft. Still, it’s a great price for Vince boots, so if you can find your size, I would recommend going with that pair.
Blondo Sadie Waterproof Bootie
I also want to include the Blondo Sadie in this list because I like to have a waterproof suede bootie in my fall/winter closet. Even though I feel like smooth leather looks more current, these are still a nice option to have, and this pair is very comfortable.
Dolce Vita Volli Western Boots
While I thought they were going to be passé this season, the Western style is still trending, and I love the Dolce Vita Volli for more of a rugged, casual look.
Mine are from last year, and I have both Dune and Brown, but the Brown is the only pair I’ve worn so far this season. I still like the Dune, but I feel like darker browns are more on trend right now.
These boots look great with flares, and they work with straight and wide leg jeans, as well.
Tory Burch Chelsea Boots
You might have noticed that most of the boots above have a heel, and last winter, I found myself wanting a pair of flat ankle boots that I could wear when I wanted to do a lot of walking, or just wanted a more casual vibe.
I ended up with a pair of Tory Burch Chelsea boots very similar to this pair. I do like them, and the quality is impressive, but they sometimes feel a little too masculine for my personal taste.
Here’s how they look styled with bootcut jeans. I wore this outfit to meet a friend for lunch on a rainy day a few weeks ago.
These are staying in my closet for now, but I have another pair of Chelsea boots with more of a rounded toe that I recently added to my closet…
Steve Madden Leopold Chelsea Boots
I find myself reaching for this Steve Madden pair when I want a flat black leather boot that can withstand inclement weather. The glossy leather is extremely durable and keeps your feet dry, while the lug sole provides great traction on wet pavement.
Even though they aren’t as nice of a quality as the Tory Burch pair, they’re similarly comfortable, and the rounded toe feels a little more comfortable to me.
These booties look best with longer jeans, like these AG Mari straight ankle jeans (currently on sale at Bloomies). When I tried them with a shorter inseam, they looked rather awkward.
Paul Green Selma Lug Sole Bootie
When I want a more rugged, casual look, I enjoy having a pair of lug sole booties in my fall/winter wardrobe, and this year my go-to is the Paul Green Selma from the #NSale. These are a major splurge, but they are back on sale at Nordstrom Rack.
These boots are soooo comfortable, and I love the shade of brown. It works well with so many of the neutrals in my closet.
I wear them with all styles of denim, but I think I like them best with straight leg styles. I feel like my bootcut and wide leg jeans look better with more of a pointed toe, but I do make exceptions depending on what else I’m wearing.
If I do wear the lug sole boots with a wider leg jean, I think I like them better with the ankle-length style, so you can see more of the shoe.
Knee-high boots are trending big this fall, and I especially love these with skirts. I recently added the Blondo Skara Waterproof Boot in chocolate brown to my fall wardrobe, and they’ve come in very useful already.
For one thing, these boots are incredibly comfortable to walk in, but they also are waterproof so I can look elevated even when the weather is messy.
I chose brown because I already have a pair of black knee boots, but they’re still packed away in the basement. I guess I need to retrieve them!
I also really love the Sam Edelman Shale in the Caramel, but sizes are very picked over at this point.
Other Fall Shoes
On the rare occasions that I’m not wearing boots or sneakers in the fall, I usually opt for loafers or clogs, although I’m glad to see ballet flats making a comeback this year!
I actually end up wearing the Darby clogs more because the back strap makes them easier to walk in, although I don’t really have trouble keeping the Sudbury clogs on my feet.
My biggest issue with the Sudbury is my pant leg tends to get caught under my heel when I wear longer length jeans. I feel like clogs work better with ankle-length styles.
Loafers & Ballet Flats
For flat options, I love my Gucci loafers, but the price has gone waaaaay up since I purchased mine, and the Sam Edelman Loraine is very similar for a fraction of the price. I’ve tried them, and they’re comfortable too.
I just purchased and started wearing the Marc Fisher Ubet Ballet Flats in the brown, and I really like the squared-off toe and more structured footbed. Unfortunately, they’re getting harder to find fully stocked. They’re currently on sale at Bloomingdale’s, and they’re also available (but low inventory) at Nordstrom.
Favorite Heels for Fall
For my last category, I like to have a few pairs of heels for dressier occasions.
Vince Camuto Frasper Bootie
An open toe bootie like the Vince Camuto Frasper is really fun to have. I’m not seeing this as a big trend right now, but I do really like this pair.
I especially like them in this taupe color because it blends in with my skin tone, which elongates the line of the leg.
Marc Fisher Varla Block Heel Pump
Finally, when I need a closed-toe option, I love a good pair of pumps, and the Marc Fisher Varla Block Heel Pumps are gorgeous.
They look nice with trousers for work wear or other conservative events, they pair well with dresses, and they also look great with flare-leg jeans when you want to elevate your denim.
Well, that definitely went longer than I expected! I think this should about cover just about any fall shoe I might need in my fall and winter wardrobe.
Which styles are you loving right now?
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