It's about time we had a serious Fall 2012 shoe powwow, and we're pretty sure these 31 pairs cover all the need-now bases. Consider it a refresher course in all the covetable heels, loafers, pumps, and wedges we fell head over heels for back in February. Miu Miu's glitter-infused tasseled loafers are a no-brainer. Tabitha Simmons's lush crimson red ankle boots have us excited for autumnal layering and cool complementary denim outfits. Valentino puts its slick lace-and-leather finish on a smoking slipper shape. Salvatore Ferragamo may have just solved all of our "how to be totally sexy in just one strategic accessorizing move" problems. And the list goes on . . . We're in full-on lust mode — and you will be, too. Click through to see our editors' early Fall favorites and look forward to a season's worth of must-have cold-weather sole-mates.
If there's one thing the sneaker-obsessed can agree on, it's that there are some brands that defy fleeting trends and seasonality. To this point, there's no argument that Converse, Keds, PF Flyers, and Superga have stood the test of time without ever compromising a simple rubber-soled, canvas-top silhouette in the process. Perhaps, that's what makes these iconic brands — all synonymous with old-school laid-back style — a favorite for celebrities, sleek style setters, and everyone else you know. But as a devout sneaker classicist myself, I think the appeal of a high-top Chuck or a cherry red low-top Superga is deeply rooted in its history, its functionality, and its easy ability to evoke a nostalgic-meets-sporty vibe simultaneously.
Steeped in a rich Americana culture — save for Superga's Italian-bred beginnings — these household names have been around since the early 1900s. That is to say, it's entirely possible your grandparents were rocking the same kicks you are today. Maybe it's my memory of The Sandlot and the film's emphasis on PF Flyers — "guaranteed to make a kid run faster and jump higher." Maybe it's the fact that Keds can complete a plethora of looks, from girlie 1950s poodle skirts to Grease-inspired all-leather getups. Or maybe it's because when we think of Converse, we instantly are transported to the innocence of our playground days. Whatever it is that strikes a chord first, it's pretty evident that, like our striped t-shirt fixation, there's a real practicality that comes with wearing these classic sneakers. You can style them with something as casual as denim or as ladylike as a tea-length dress — either way, it's a no-fail look with an effortless feel.
We're no stranger to designers veering into sportswear territory — Isabel Marant jump-started a wedge sneaker revolution, and Alexander Wang made it that much easier to look downtown-cool while wearing easy basics with his T by Alexander Wang line for starters. But at the heart of it all, we're seeing a strong resurgence of sportier silhouettes made accessible by a more refined edge. To best illustrate our point, we're looking to the established athletic brands for their take on the trend, since after all, they're household names, and we certainly don't want to mess with a tried-and-true sportswear classic. Elevating gym wares and beyond, we've got Puma's Hussein Chalayan-led Black Label, Adidas's eco-chic SLVR lineup, and Superga's unexpected but totally luxurious collaboration with The Row. Ready to explore these sportier luxe wares? Keep clicking.
We've taken a front-row seat to Miranda Kerr's flawless Summer street style, and while we can certainly wax poetic on the subject, today we're here to talk sandals. Her brightly printed Balenciaga platform sandals, to be exact. Two words: we're obsessed. The eye-catching pattern, in a bold color (naturally), makes this shoe a front-runner for any occasion — and as Miranda proves, its quirky appeal punches up everything from a coral-cutout A.L.C dress to laid-back Isabel Marant denim shorts. Unfortunately, these must-have shoes date back to Balenciaga's Spring 2011 collection, which makes them a little bit tougher to get a hold of. In lieu of snagging the exact pair, we've culled a worthy lineup of colorfully enhanced sandals worth a spin. So, next time you need an outfit pick-me-up, add a pair of printed statement sandals á la Miranda to the mix. Chances are, you'll have a few passersby doing double takes.
The fact of the matter is, it's too hot outside to even think about wearing heels to work. Cue our palpable gratitude for this Summer's cutest flats, which have provided us with 15 shoe-in solutions for our most polished and most laid-back work outfits. If your office environment expects a professional approach to dressing, try a slick take on the tasseled loafer. If your job happens to value daring styling moves, opt for a metallic gladiator sandal or a digital-print smoking slipper. Or if you're looking to put a sophisticated spin on your casual Friday wares, seek out a strappy neutral-toned sandal. Don't sweat it, we've got you covered on the nine-to-five front — just click through to shop your favorites now.
From Roman Holiday-inspired lace-up sandals to Jackie O.'s all-American T-strap thongs, some Summer soles have proven timeless and indispensable. So, what exactly makes the classic Summer sandal just so classic? Each iteration has maintained a no-fleeting trend and no-flashy design policy. In fact, the key to each sandal's longevity and relevance can be pinpointed back to its silhouette's sleek, simple, and beach-friendly blueprint. Whether you prefer an ankle-strap detail or the quintessential jute-sole bottom, it's safe to say these Summer sandal options aren't going anywhere. Read up on why these shoes have stood the test of time, then find out which celebs are loving these go-to styles.
While hunting down a pair of Gap's ballet flats, we happily came across the brand's fresh crop of other flats — a lineup of on-trend, suede and calf-hair loafers and slippers that — ready for the best part? — retail under $50. So, whether your tootsies need a break from your Summer heels and wedges, or you're looking to stock up on some new, preppy-cool wares for Fall, look no further. We're particularly drawn to the leopard-print calf-hair versions for a playfully on-trend feel; though in any finish, they're a stylish solution for our tired feet (and tired footwear!).
For many of us, wedges are the easiest type of heel to wear; they give you more support than a classic pump and offer the casual, comfortable vibe that stilettos just don't have. They're ideal for days at the office and can even work for a picnic or barbecue, since you won't risk sinking in grass. We're helping you step up your Summer shoe game with seven chic pairs of wedges that all happen to clock in under 100 bucks. Let us know which ones you end up snagging after you click through!
There's a lot to love about metallic footwear, aside from the fact that Spring collections from Phillip Lim's to Jil Sander's made them a must have. Add to their on-trend status the fact that their shiny finish looks fantastic against tan legs (or any pretty pedicure or outfit for that matter) and their ability to go seamlessly from day to night, and we've become nearly obsessed with sandals in every metallic sheen. As for the celebrity cool factor, we've spotted Alexa Chung, Rachel Bilson, even Anna Wintour showing off their high-impact versatility, and we're helping you do the same all Summer. Inside we've handpicked 10 of our favorite pairs — all you have to do is click on to slip into the trend right now.
If we lived by Carrie Bradshaw's rules, then we could never have too many shoes. Sometimes, we think that may be the case. However, we don't have the budget (or closet space for that matter) to jump on every single trend. To make your wardrobe planning a little easier, we've zeroed in on the 10 key shoe styles every woman should have in her closet. If you adhere to this foolproof footwear plan, then you can bid the days of shoe catastrophe goodbye. From your secret-weapon statement shoe to the go-anywhere ankle boot, we've culled the top 10 must-have styles right here. Click on to see, shop, and stock your closet with all the necessary ingredients for a flawless footwear wardrobe.
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