Fall is my favorite season to shop for, and shoes are where I tend to spend a little more money. I really think that with a great pair of shoes (same with a great bag or coat) you can get away with anything. Today I thought it would be fun to really dive into Fall shoes – the styles and designers I am most excited about, what I’m pulling out from last year, and what I’m putting away (probably) for a little while.
Spoiler alert: it’s all about being comfortable! Krystal had a really funny/relatable quote on her blog the other day, “When it comes to shoes, the older I get, the closer I want to be to the ground.” I couldn’t agree more. I want to look good but I also want to be comfortable!
What Shoes I’m Buying This Fall.
The big thing here besides boots because boots are just the best is actually slingbacks. I am very much into a good slingback right now.
Kitten Heel Slingbacks
I never really bought slingbacks before but I’m very into them right now – especially with a midi or maxi dress, or with denim. I just got this pair (in cognac) from Sarah Flint and am in LOVE. They’re so comfortable and that tortoise heel is such a fun little update. I really want the black – I’m really really hoping they’ll come back in my size soon. And M. Gemi gifted me these python slingbacks which make me feel like a total badass when I wear them. (Take $40 at M. Gemi with code GRACEA40!!)
My favorite shoe designers Right Now.
…Three designers that really stand out to me right now.
My forever favorite. Everything they make just makes me so happy. The corduroy boots above are no exception. Love, love, love! Right now most of the things on their site are still pretty summery… I’m just over here stalking, waiting for more boots and fall heels to drop.
I was just introduced to this brand (we learned a little bit about her at our lunch with Cindy Crawford, who is an investor) and am very very into everything she makes. Each pair is made in Italy and there is a huge focus on craftsmanship so that you get a shoe that’s beautiful but also very comfortable. As I mentioned above, these slingbacks are everything!
I have talked a lot about Marion Parke here before. She is a podiatrist turned footwear designer and everything she makes is amazing. She sent me these boots and I love them – they’re really, really comfortable. I feel like a broken record talking about her so much but am such a fan. More love for her shoes here!
What I’m Excited to Wear from Last Year.
I have had my Manolo Blahnik BB heels for years now and they are the most comfortable designer shoes I own. The BB heel is such a classic – it’s perfectly pointy and always in style. I have the black suede and nude patent in the higher (105mm/4″) height, and the grey and bright red in the lower (69mm/2 3/4″) height. I always reach for them and get the bottom little nub replaced every year. The lower heel is insanely comfortable but not very sexy so I tend to only wear them with jeans where the taller height is less comfortable but makes me feel like hot shit with a good dress.
I’m also really excited to wear my Gucci Jordaan loafers – last year I bought the brown and they were one of my best purchases. I’ve thought about getting a black pair but will probably just stick to the brown.
What I Put Away.. for now at least!
The other thing I’m less into is my suede over the knee boots. This makes me sad as there was a time where they were my favorite shoes! I loved my highland boots but they are a lot and I feel like I’m trying to be someone else when I wear them. I’ve just gotten a lot more casual. Maybe for a date, but I look at them and they just feel a little too extra. They were expensive so maybe I’ll fall back in love with them at some point… if not, I’ll likely sell them. I got a lot of wear out of them (I bought them in 2014 and they’re still in great shape) but I’ve just kinda moved on.
photography by Carter Fish.