The Top 10 Women's Shoe Trends for Fall 2014 - Winter 2015
When fall hits, it's all about the boots, right? I always get excited for new dresses and swimsuits during summer, but after back to school and the first few chilly mornings of autumn, all I want to do is bust out my riding boots. This fall the top shoe trends for women are fairly classic with a little something extra, like the riding boots that skim over the knee, and the classic pointy-toe pumps with modern cutouts. Though plenty of classic fall shoe trends are still very on trend; like pointy-toe pumps, classic riding boots, and high-heel ankle boots Check out all of the top shoe trends below, including how to wear them. Follow the links below to shop! *This post contains affiliate links. Pictured above: Free People Livingston Tall Boot
1. Over-the-Knee Boots Even the most classic shoe brands like Steve Madden and Vince Camuto are trading in their typical boots this fall for over-the-knee boots. The trend is growing so rapidly, I'm fairly certain it'll be a new wardrobe staple before long. I'd say it's definitely a safe bet if you want to invest in a new pair of riding boots this fall. The trend can be a little intimidating, but if you stick with classic designs, like the ones above, it's not too far off from a classic knee-high riding boot. Then you can easily style it the same way you would a knee-high boot, with skinny jeans and a sweater, for example. Pair high-heel over the knee boots with a knee length fall dress. You can tone down the look by going monochromatic. For instance, pair black over-the-knee boots with black leggings or black skinny jeans for a more seamless look. Click here to browse more over-the-knee boots.
Pictured Above (left to right): GUESS Women's Dandra 2 Foldable Over-the-Knee Boots // Ivanka Trump Women's Mixit Slouch Boot (available in gray, black, or light tan) // Vince Camuto Women's Karita Riding Boot // Steve Madden Women's Odyssey Motorcycle Boot (available in black or brown)
2. Cut-Out Heels This is my personal favorite, even though I can't wear heels much anymore. The classic pointed-toe pump is still on trend for fall, but what's really hot this season are cut-out heels. They're not ultra-strappy like the caged heels from last year. Though they do include some strappy options, the trend is overall more sleek and modern, like the cutout pumps pictured above. These pumps are perfect to wear to the office if you have to dress up for work, though they could also go with a cocktail dress or skinnies and a blouse for a night out.
Pictured Above (left to right): Jimmy Choo Saks Fifth Ave Look Book featuring the Houry Leather Strappy Pumps in Dark Orchid // French Connection Women's Melania Dress Pump // Ivanka Trump Women's Chatty Dress Pump (also available in black or black and white) // Jessica Simpson Women's Campsonne Dress Pump (also available in black or black and white)
3. Python Snakeskin print is kind of like plaid; it's always in for fall. But for fall 2014 in particular, it's all over the place, from high end brands like GUCCI, to mid-range designers like Michael Kors, and even in affordable stores like H&M. It's trending on dressy shoes as well as casual slip-on sneakers. Snakeskin shoes can be very versatile if they're in a neutral color. Style a black and white pair of python heels, for example, with anything you'd normally pair with classic black pumps. A pair of snakeskin pumps in a rich color is a great way to add interest to a little black dress this holiday season.
Pictured Above (left to right): Enzo Angiolini Women's Persist 3 Pump in dark turquoise // L.A.M.B. Women's Felix D'Orsay Pump // Chinese Laundry Women's Count Down Open-Toe Pump
4. Mod Boots Now don't get me wrong, high heel pointed-toe booties are always in for fall. Though for 2014, it's all about the mod ankle boot - a rounded toe and chunkier heel. These simple, sleek boots go well with fall dresses, a maxi dress with a denim jacket or blazer, or skinnies or leggings of course. While they're trending this season, it's still a classic look, so it's a safe investment.
Pictured Above (left to right): GUCCI Fall 2014 campaign // Jessica Simpson Women's Kirblin Boot (available in black or brown) // BCBGeneration Women's Lillyan Boot (available in black or cognac) // Nine West Women's Faceit Suede Boot (available in black, brown, or navy)
5. Lug Soles Honestly this one may be my least favorite of the shoe trends for 2014. Lug soles incorporate thick rubber soles with grooves. I prefer much more feminine styles, but the ones I picked to feature above are a tame version of the trend - very similar to the harness biker boots that were so trendy last year. I could certainly make them work with a pair of black skinnies, a cool tee, and a moto jacket.
Pictured Above (left to right): Vince Camuto Women's Winta Burly (available in brown or black) // Nine West Women's Anywho Boot (available in black, brown, or gray) // Clarks Women's Orinocco Sash Boot (available in black or brown)
6. Block Heels A few years ago, J.Crew brought back the embellished block-heel pump in a major way. Like a lot of trends start, the block heel has been off and on the last few years and is still pushing its way back up for fall 2014. Block heels in general have been increasingly trendy for 2014, on pumps, sandals, and boots alike. A sturdy block-heel sandal is a great way to transition summer outfits into fall.
Pictured Above (left to right): Rene Caovilla Fall 2014 Campaign // Steve Madden Women's Nextstar Boot (available in taupe or black leather) // C Label Women's Alix-1A Sandal (available in burgundy, black, or cobalt blue)
8. Oxfords and Loafers Oxfords have also been trendy off and on the last few years, though they recently took a back seat to the ultra-feminine pumps and pointy-toe ballet flats. For fall 2014 however, when it comes to dressy casual shoes, it's all about oxfords and loafers. It's not my personal favorite; I'll always be partial to ballet flats, but it's a nice shoe staple for fall that never really goes out of style. Oxfords for fall 2014 also incorporate the block heel trend, while women's loafers come with block heels and pointed toes. These feminine takes on the trend make them easy to pair with anything from trousers to a skirt or dress, especially a fall dress paired with tights or tall socks.
Pictured Above (left to right): Steve Madden + Peace, Love, and Shea Collection // Nine West Women's Zasha Pump (available in black or cognac) // Steve Madden Women's Junni Oxford (available in black, brown, or gray)
9. Lace-Up Shoes This shoe trend encompasses so many different types of shoes for fall 2014; we're seeing lace-up heels, oxfords as I just mentioned, and lace-up boots in all shapes and sizes. No matter what your style, any of these lace-up shoes would go well with skinnies or a knee-length fall dress. Either of the lace-up boots would look great with a skirt and a jacket and scarf. A lace-up D'Orsay pump is a sexy take on a pointed-toe pump. Pair it with a cocktail dress or skinny jeans.
Pictured Above (left to right): Dolce Vita Wild Hearts Heel // Madden Girl Women's Gemiini Boot (available in brown or black) // Steve Madden Women's Sts D'Orsay Pump (available in red or black) // Ollio Women's High Heel Ankle Shoe Lace Up Faux Suede Multi Color Boot (available in black, burgundy, dark brown, or light brown)
10. T-Strap Heels Pointy-toe pumps are still in for fall / winter 2014, but more specifically, T-strap pointed toe pumps are in, especially when it comes to dressy attire. I love the Sam Edelman Smithfield Stiletto Heels pictured above, modeled by the beautiful Kate Upton. The Smithfield pump is available in several colors. The ones seen on Upton are in burgundy. Here is a great affordable option under $100.
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