The arrival of autumn 2016 means stepping out of summers open-toe sandals and flip flops, and into falls thigh-high booties lined with cozy fabrics and adorned with fresh details. And with designers taking inspiration from ballet dancers, royalty, and even David Bowie, we're more excited than ever to see what fall 2016's shoe racks have in store for us!
Whether you prefer heels, flats, or a healthy in-between, this season offers every kind of shoe style (and fabric) you can ever dream of. Without further ado, we give you 6 fall 2016 shoe trends to get excited about now!
6 FALL 2016 SHOE TRENDS
For fall 2016, designers from Valentino to Acne Studios highlighted a romantic, dancer-inspired trend that came with everything from wrap tops and dresses to bodysuits and tights. And while the Valentino runway was littered with lithe models in silk tulle and full skirts, the footwear also fell in line with the ballet theme, ranging from classic flats to riffs on the ballet slipper like cool ballet-like booties with lace-up details.
After laying eyes on these dancer-inspired looks, we're almost positive that your first position will be straight to the shoe section!
Flat mules have become a favourite of fashion insiders and it's evening counterpart – thanks to its retro-glam heel – is set to do the same. Whether you choose an over the top sequined pair of heeled mules, or go with a simple pair of slides, grab an evening mule for a modern take on the '50s pin-up girl. The only downside to this trend? Summer foot maintenance must also transition into your fall beauty routine!
This season, the '70s mashed up with the '90s in the form of platforms worthy of everyone from Ziggy Stardust to Baby Spice and even Davie Bowie. Demna Gvasalia's debut collection for Balenciaga featured a cool pair of black platform booties that are soon to be number one on your fall shopping list!
It's true: shearling has never not made the fall must-have list, so it's expected that shoe designers finally hopped on board with the fabric that was once solely confined to winter jackets and outerwear. Whether it's a subtle shearling-covered heel, furry topped clog, cozy slippers, or Fendi's shearling covered slingback platforms, this is one shoe trend that won't require socks to keep you warm!
If there's one fabric that everyone will be wearing come fall, it's velvet. Designers like Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Prada, and Valentino have showcased the trend on Fall 2016 runways, and to top things off, Hailey Baldwin recently stepped out wearing a gorgeous velvet Vatanika dress. Our favourite iteration of the fabric? Velvet covered booties. Whether it's ankle, over-the-knee, or simple velvet heels, this is one fabric we can't wait to wear on our feet come fall!
The next it-shoe on the rise? The sock boot. The sock boot is defined by a slouchy top half that works its way slightly higher up on your ankle – therefore resembling a sock. Whether you choose an over-the-knee silhouette or a slim ankle boot, the flattering style will work with just about everything in your closet.