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Well, sandals, we had a good run. But we’re more than ready to move on to more substantial footwear. And fortunately, the shoe gods are more than happy to oblige with styles that are anything but boring. Here’s what you’ll be walking around in all season. 

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Zara

Exaggerated Bows

Because your ankles could use a little flair, no? 

Zara ($100)

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Shopbop

Embossed

You know and love velvet boots; now try the advanced version, which makes the most of the fabric’s luminous quality with a subtle, imprinted pattern.

Rebecca Minkoff ($225)

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Topshop

Two-Dimensional Heels

We’ve done block and pointy, but we’ve never seen anything like this season’s architectural, flat-edge heels. (It bears reminding: You might want to avoid subway grates.) 

Topshop ($160)

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Dolce Vita

Red

The color du jour also works well on your feet, especially if the rest of your wardrobe is dominated by black, white and denim.

Dolce Vita ($190)

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Nordstrom

Sock Boots

If you only pick up one new style this season, make it this one: The snug-fitting silhouette is flattering, comfy and will pretty much become the outfit-making MVP of your closet. 

Tony Bianco ($160)

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Senso

Bedazzled

We’re not talking about a few modest studs, here—we’re talking pearls, rhinestones, sequins and all manner of sparkly things.
Senso ($275)

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Reiss

Snakeskin

We'll concede the reptilian print probably isn’t for everyone. But if you do manage to get past your Britney Spears circa 2003 flashbacks, you’ll find they’re actually surprisingly neutral.

Reiss ($475)

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