Spoiler alert, there is nothing particularly new about the shoe and boot trends for fall. Designers have taken styles from the recent past and added an interesting spin or two on them. The thigh high boot has been updated in bright shades and shiny patent leathers. The Wellington boot has been officially accepted as an indoor item of clothing. Although the runways were filled with real Wellington boots we are pretty sure that by the time they reach the stores they will have been streamlined to become more practical. Here are Fall’s shoe and boot trends, enjoy.
The Platform and Mary Janes
The good old fashion platform and Mary Janes, have once again graced the runways. I think it would be fair to inaugurate these two styles into the timeless hall of fame don’t you think? As mentioned above there are some changes, the platform is matched to a chunky block heel, reminiscent of the swinging Sixties on the Celine runway. At Victoria Beckham It was given the sock treatment. Tom Ford and Jacquemus played with the actual shape of the heel, opting for geometrical shapes. Prada and Versace upped the ante, incorporating a sporty platform to the traditional pump shape, possibly giving is something new to purchase.
There were plenty of traditional tan and black boots on the runways, but some of the most interesting boots can in candy shades of pink at Alexander McQueen, fuchsia at Roksanda and pale blue at Prada. Not exactly an investment piece.. these boots will be tossed in the fad bin quite soon, so if you are keen on the trend, perhaps purchase an inexpensive, yet comfortable pair. Interestingly the colored trend wasn’t seen in the shoe department as strongly. We’re guessing the designers were going for the shock factor, which works much better with fuchsia over the knee boots 🙂
Seriously, who would have known that your winter white shoes and boots from two seasons ago would still be going strong.. Well they are. Whether it was a chalkboard white platform sock boot worthing of The Pointer Sisters at Victoria Beckham, or white sandals at Prada or cowboy-inspired booties at Stella McCartney you simply cannot go wrong with a white shoe or boot this season.
Another one of those trends that just won’t go away, the futuristic / western cowboy shoe or boot. Louis Vuitton was a strong advocate of this trend with almost all their runway shoes following the same style. Bottega Veneta also supported the movement with their own take on the trend, this time with a square toe and a bit of a platform. One of our favorite styles was actually a pointy version at Burberry in a heavenly caramel shade.
The Lace Up Shoe and Boot
This trend covers two very different styles under the umbrella of the same element, laces. There was a large selection of lace up boots of the combat boots variety. Chunky, big and black leather ruled, reminiscent of Dr. Martens. Then there was the Victorian- inspired which was expected we suppose given the strong Victorian influence in clothing this season. This version of the lace up was of course much more dainty, but just as laced up. There was a third micro trend which is possibly the most realistic, the Oliver Twist boot as seen at Chloe. We’ve said this before, if you do pick up this trend, make sure it doesn’t take you ages to put your shoes on and off.
We’ve always said, just because fashion says we should wear something, doesn’t mean we will. This is one of those trends that we may adopt on a rainy day, but not much else. Let’s be realistic, who wants to look rubbery and clunky indoors. The point of this trend is of course the acknowledgement of climate change, a cause high on Fall’s Fashion Week agenda. The comfort of this trend is welcome but little else. Often times a trend is watered down to become more appealing, we can see this happening, with Wellington boots eventually translated to chunky ankle boots, which are all for!
Over The Knee Boots
There were some trends that we really didn’t think would stick.. The over-the-knee boot is one of them simply because they don’t always look very ‘sensible’. Also, they aren’t that comfortable… This season’s boots come in a variety of interesting leather options, from shiny and ruched versions at Balmain, smooth sock boots at Alexander McQueen, and a take on both; culminating in the patent sock boot at Saint Laurent.
Dress them up! That was pretty much the message.. Rhinestones, velvet ribbons, embroidery, metal chains and even pearls, the embellishments trend was strong on the runways. Very little has actually changed on this trend, we’re sure you’ve got something awesome in your wardrobe from a past season. This trend may have influenced a brand new clothing trend which is the incorporation of embellishments such as chains and metal hardware into the clothing itself. Now that is going to be interesting!