6 Shoe Trends We Can't Wait to Take for a Spin This Fall

So long, sandals. Fall is almost here, which means we’re overhauling our shoe wardrobe in anticipation of chillier days. From cowboy boots to dad sneakers, here are six trends we can’t wait to try.

The Ultimate Guide to the 50 Best Boots for Fall

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Leopard Print

Leopard is so hot right now. If you’re not ready to go all in with a dress or coat, a chic pair of shoes is a great way to dip your toe—literally—into the trend.

Get the look: Sam Edelman ($170); Marc Fisher LTD ($200); Rag & Bone ($475)

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Clunky Sneakers

Giant, chunky sneaks have been going strong for a while, and they’re not going anywhere this fall. Comfier—and way more supportive—than heels, they’re very fashion-y but don’t take themselves too seriously. (As in, you wear them knowing and accepting that they’re kind of ugly.)

Get the look: Zara ($70); Puma ($100); Jeffrey Campbell ($145)

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Western Boots

Giddyup. Contrary to popular belief, this cowboy-inspired trend doesn’t only look amazing with Canadian tuxedos—it’s actually super stylish and modern with super-feminine pieces like a swingy, pink dress.

Get the look: Ariat ($150); Frye ($298); Tibi ($795)

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Speaking of feminine pieces, expect to see a lot of bows this fall. Similar to how we’d style Western boots, we love the idea of pairing bow-laden flats or heels with more masculine pieces like trousers and oversize coats.

Get the look: Louise et Cie ($130); Tory Burch ($258); Gucci ($595)

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Slouchy Boots

This ‘70s-inspired silhouette is the epitome of cool. Slip them on over skinny jeans or pair them with a skirt or dress that shows off just a sliver of leg.

Get the look: Matisse ($185); Splendid ($229); Joie ($398)

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Lug-sole Boots

Where fashion meets function, these boots will get you through the ravages of fall and winter weather without sacrificing anything, style-wise. Wear them with cropped or rolled pants to show them off in all their glory.  

Get the look: MIA ($80);  Dr. Martens ($140); 3.1 Phillip Lim ($595) 

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