The fashion-trend pendulum swings pretty aggressively this time of year, as looks continuously sway in and out of the style scene. This is particularly evident within the footwear realm. Just as a new silhouette crops up, one exits quite swiftly. While you should always wear what makes you feel comfortable, it doesn’t hurt to know the shoe styles that are on the decline to keep your fall wardrobe fresh and cool.
To fill us in on the trends that won’t be around much come September, we went straight to the expert: Ana Correa, the associate editor of accessories and footwear at trend-forecasting mecca WGSN. While she offered up her suggestions on the shoes to consider storing this fall, she also narrowed down the styles worth testing out to ensure your overall vibe is on point.
Go on to check out the ultimate shoe lineup—complete with visual and shopping inspiration—and get ready to make a serious sartorial impact this fall.
“The knee-high boot updates the over-the-knee boot as consumers transition into a more elegant and pared-down direction,” says Correa.
Style Tip: A muted color palette will still hold strong come fall. Give the vibe a whirl with statement brown boots and a complementing taupe skirt suit.
Style Tip: If you’re opting for statement boots, let them shine with an ensemble that’s a bit subtler.
Style Tip: For a well-balanced look, consider neutral knee-high boots to complement a vibrant skirt–and–utility jacket combo.
Correa explains, “The chunky/dad sneaker evolves into a slimmer trek upper because hiking has become one of the top traveling activities.”
Style Tip: The easiest way to add polish to a chill ensemble featuring joggers and trainers? Toss on a sleek trench coat to pack a punch.
Style Tip: Add edge to a pretty dress with an oversize leather jacket and lug-sole sneakers.
Style Tip: If you work in a more casual office setting, consider testing out the sneaker trend with a tailored suit for a modern silhouette.
“The hybrid boot, which serves as the perfect evolution for sock boots, combines oversize stacked soles with hiking-inspired details,” Correa says.
Style Tip: An intricate silk dress is particularly unique with a pair of unexpected hybrid booties.
Style Tip: Pairing tights and a knee-length skirt is quite fashion-forward with chunkier boots. Talk about a simple way to make a big statement.
Style Tip: Don’t be afraid to really go for it by blending different prints and textures with your go-to black boots.