Fall footwear provides instant wardrobe update

Fall's most popular shoes include smoking slippers, oxfords, pumps and boots.
By Linda Miller Published: September 17, 2012

Sandals have had their time in the sun. Cooler weather and shorter days signal a return to more substantial shoes, and fall styles are so tempting that your toes will be eager to slip into a pair.

Smoking slippers, lace-up oxfords, pointed-toe pumps and boots, tall and short, are grounded with ankle straps, bows, metal accents, rich colors, glitter, menswear influences and texture.

“Footwear can instantly update your wardrobe and help transition your look from season to season,” said Melissa Merriman, regional communications director for Dillard's.”

One of the most popular styles continues to be the smoking or tuxedo slipper. It's a welcome alternative to the ballet slipper and just as versatile. The style looks good with pants and skirts. Slip into a pair of brocades and a satin skirt for a special evening out or just wear them with jeans and a jacket.

Smoking slippers are available in a broad range of colors and patterns from burgundy velvet to calf hair animal print. Tassels, wing tips and patterns such as herringbone give a subtle nod to menswear, another strong look for fall.

Masculine vibe

“This season, there is also a masculine meets feminine vibe in footwear, from allover stud embellished platforms to more modest flats with a hint of metal,” Merriman said. “This fall-friendly style can be edgy and polished all at the same time.”

That masculine touch is echoed on lace-up oxfords, in flat as well as heeled styles. To really step out in style, consider a pair dressed up in glitter or metallic. Like smoking slippers, oxfords are an easy way to transition from summer to fall.

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