I really don’t remember when my shoe obsession started, but I know it’s something I’m not afraid to be very open to. Think of it simply like this: you might have an obsession with coffee – which isn’t a bad thing – that feeling you get when you take your first sip of a hot latte on a cold day is the same as the one I feel when I slip into a new pair of shoes. (Ahhh.)
No wonder I own a lot of shoes. Boots! Sneakers! Apartments! Heels! You name it, I definitely have variations of these in my apartment, and while I get sad when I have to put away my warm-weather-appropriate shoes for fall, I’ve realized that most of the shoes I own transcend seasons. I love sandals, but I don’t have many of them, and I don’t wear them often in the summer, which means I can walk well into the fall without having to drastically change shoes.
Below, check out the shoes I plan to keep in my rotation this fall. From a pair of cowboy boots that draw compliments to my trusty white trainers that I wear more than anything I own, you’re sure to find a pair (or two) to wear this season — and beyond.
Road Rosette Ranch Boots
Unless you’ve slept under a rock, you probably know that cowboy boots are back in full force this year. And while it took me a while to test the trend – it’s a little out of my wheelhouse, if I’m being honest – I was obsessed with Western-inspired shoes the second I saw them. ‘have done. In the summer I wore these Ranch Road boots with mini dresses and shorts – and before you ask, no, my legs never felt hot, thanks to the wider upper which allowed for good circulation of the air. Now for fall I plan to wear these boots with midi skirts and strappy dresses.
Buy now: $558; ranchroadboots.com
Bells & Becks La Natalia
Good apartments are hard to find, and when you find them, it’s hard to keep a secret. I used to wear low to the ground shoes all the time in high school and only recently started getting back into it. I think it’s because I’ve always felt flats don’t give me the same confidence as a pair of pumps, but this pair of Bells & Becks honestly makes me feel invincible. They have a timeless pointed-toe silhouette that pairs perfectly with baggy pants, and hardware details give them a fashionable edge. When it’s too cold to walk totally barefoot, I plan to wear them with mesh socks for a fun play of texture.
Buy now: $395; bellsandbecks.com
Salvas sneakers in white leather Cariuma
I hate to sound like a broken record, but hey, when you know, you know – and I to know these Cariuma sneakers will forever be my favorite white kicks of all time. I’ve certainly tried my fair share of classic white sneakers, but the Salvas win in every category: style, comfort, and price. The simple design makes them easy enough to wear with everything from dresses to shorts, but the side logo and stitched seams add a bit of retro flair, which I love. Notes: They’re made with Leather Working Group certified leather, so you can rest assured that this sneaker’s impact on the earth is low, but its impact on your style will be, well, high.
Buy now: $98; cariuma.com
M.Gemi Pump Mia
I think everyone should have a spinning electric pump, even in the fall. That’s why I’ll be wearing these cobalt blue heels from M.Gemi for as long as possible. I’m a fan of almost every shoe made by this Italian shoe brand, but the low heel, convenient back strap, and color of these Mia pumps are undeniably fantastic. I’ve worn them with shorts and dresses, but with fall I plan to wear them with my go-to pants and sweaters. These would even look cute with a pair of frilly socks or contrasting tights, ensuring your feet stay warm all season long.
Buy now: $348; mgemi.com
Thursday Boots The Heartbreaker High Heel Bootie
I’ve spoken poetically about Thursday’s Heartbreaker Boots before, and I will do so again now. No matter how many new boots I get, I always fall back on these because they are comfortable and sexy. I’ve worn the same pair for over three years now, and (TMI) they don’t smell. In addition, their exterior is almost like new. To say these boots are made to last would be an understatement, and they have never let me down in the heat, rain or snow. They really transcend the seasons, which is definitely worth it for their $195 price tag.
Buy now: $195; thursdayboots.com
Ugg Tasman X Waterproof Clog
I know, I know: it’s something else. When I first saw them on Irina Shayk in February, I had my opinion on the clog too. But after trying them, their practicality won me over. And hey, they’re pretty cool too. The exterior is made from a water-resistant material, and they come with a removable (not waterproof) sockliner that also wicks away moisture. I wore the clogs without the socks in the summer, but plan to put them back on now that it’s colder outside.
Buy now: $80; nordstrom.com
Vagabond Shoemakers James Penny Loafer
A flâneur a day keeps the doctor away. Okay, but for real: the sensible shoe has its reputation, and while it might feel a bit stuffy or just, meh, brands have been churning out fashionable takes, updating the silhouette to include thick soles or others of the moment. details that will make you rethink moccasins for good. This pair from Vagabond was worn the most for me because it’s comfortable and looks cool with dresses, pants, or shorts. But TBH, I’m very happy to wear them in the fall with socks. They’re a schoolgirl cool pair that’s also super comfy, not to mention they’ll keep your feet warm when the temperatures drop.
Buy now: $175; nordstrom.com