While we certainly enjoy checking out the trends on the runways, those with the shoe fetish will be happy to know the main fall/ winter 2016-2017 shoe trends, effectively making a shopping spree rather imperative come late summer. So while you begin to plan the wardrobe for the year, we have put together a comprehensive list of what exactly to look for when setting up you ensembles.
Update: Check out the new Spring/ Summer 2017 Shoe Trends!
Think classy and trashy at the same time, multiple decades blending into one. There are few entirely new looks and many which have been recycled and redone to match the year’s needs and general mood, one which has moved away from the 1970s Western for the most part, but still retains residues, and incorporated the ‘80s and ‘90s a whole lot more, while focusing on the futuristic as well.
It is a season of intriguing creations and the fall generally sets the stage for the coming year, which meant the pointy shoes will be giving way to something more on the rounded square feel we can assume. Platforms, straps, buckles, and lots of texture are all to be expected. It is not only interesting but also quite appealing altogether.
The top fall/ winter 2016-2017 trendy shoes to look out for when shopping include:
#1: Pointy Toes
One of the biggest fall 2016 shoe trends is the use of the pointy toe, though we did notice some rounding off in a few places. The pointed aspect is much more on the chic side, despite being more painful to your feet over time. It appears throughout, from plain black boots seen at Emilio Pucci to the suede ankle shoes with the lacing on top as seen at Alexander Wang.
The pointed toes exist just about everywhere really, from sequined shoes to leather pumps, Western styles to futuristic designs. It is the top trend of the fall and winter seasons!
Pointy toes and rounded heels with some ankle straps added to the ankle boots at Narciso Rodriguez are simply delectable and we can officially agree that plain white with pointy toes is the best footwear route for the fall and winter!
#2: Open Toes
If the footwear has closed toes, chances are it is pointy. But then again, apparently it is rather normal to be wearing multiple layers and have on some warm tight as well, but keep the toes open. As such, the sandal looks stay in style for the fall and winter seasons, despite the chill, requiring a good long vacation to a really warm country instead.
Prada comes in with a colorful piece that includes aqua straps, a large golden buckle, and a black body, the only piece of skin shown other than the neck and the hands being the toes.
Shimmering aspects were added at Alexander McQueen to add to its evening perfection and match with those darling shimmering see-through dresses, while there were some rather interesting open toe combinations, including with socks, at 3.1 Phillip Lim.
#3: Shoes with Multiple Buckled Straps
If you like the gladiator look, love the strappy shoes and are all for the silver hued hardware added everywhere, you will absolutely adore the rather stripper-like 8-inch-high heels with the platforms from Marc Jacobs, appearing in blacks and greys and some lovely reptile skin textures. Multiple buckles come into play at Nicopanda, details over the lace-up shoes with the ribbons out back and the red suede body.
Multiple buckled straps appear to make for the loveliest in evening pumps for fall 2016, complete with playful patterns at Altuzarra, effectively transitioning one from the summer months to the closed fall without sacrificing on the beauty of fashionable footwear. Furthermore, instead of the traditional buckles you can opt for the clickable designs that would make a four strapped mid-calf height partial boot quite the look to invest in.
#4: Big Buckles
If you love metal hardware in any sense of the word, you will adore the use of large buckles or buckles in general that are pretty much a top footwear trend for fall 2016. From Prada’s open-toe looks to the rather intriguing over-the-ankle boots at Burberry, the appearance of large buckles, especially in gold colors, was satisfying.
There is something extremely gorgeous about seeing the triple buckles along the side of the Temperley boots that are a cross between over the ankle and mid-calf, the pointy toes adding to the attractiveness of the piece, while its combination with the clothing worn is superb. There are some interesting big buckled details on some of the Anna Sui thigh-high boots as well, which lend the velvety look an even richer background.
#5: Wear Your Shoes With Socks
Shoes and booties worn with socks might not be the first style you think of, but it is one of the most common fall/ winter 2016-2017 shoe trends on the runways, no matter what type of creation adorns your feet. That includes the Tommy Hilfiger chunky heels versions of a rounded toe metallic hued shoe, the over-the-ankle rocker piece with the lacing and Western stylization, the checked stockings that are seen with the low heeled old timer pieces from Thom Browne to the golden ankle hugging sandals at 3.1 Phillip Lim.
There are too many designers using this particular trend to count right now, but perhaps a good favorite is the T-bar d’Orsay pairs with the chunky heels and the white bodies from Edun, worn with white socks that scrunch around the ankles, appearing as a modern version of our childhood footwear when we visited church on Easter holidays.
#6: Lace-Up Footwear
We see a whole lot of the lacing on the clothing as well as the fall 2016 footwear. When it comes to the latter, boots are the more prominent creations using this trend and definitely looking lovely. We thought that the gladiator pieces would be going out of style soon but we were mistaken it appears. With a few updates to the overall looks of the footwear, we can easily say that gladiator boots are here to stay for quite a while longer.
In the meantime, picking up a black suede rounded pointy-toe pair from Prada should do the trick. Add in some over the ankle laced-up looks and some sneakers with the lacing, the former spotted at Thom Browne and the latter at Nicopanda, and you have some lovely warmer day pieces to wear out while still looking quite casual.
Casual chic takes on new meaning at Rag & Bone though, where the white merges with black and the golden hardware adds an air of wealth to the style. We see some lovely lacing over the shimmering chunky heeled shoes found at Tommy Hilfiger, adding a touch of feminine grace to the design. As for the touch of medieval royalty to the suede creations, we have to put that all on Anna Sui, laced-up calf-length designs and all.
#7: Shoes with Ankle Straps
Single straps or multiple, the ankle strap look is huge for the upcoming colder seasons and there is no way not to love the style. It elongates the legs, shows off the ankle, slims out the feet and generally looks amazing. We see the style all over, from the sandals to the d’Orsay looks, the Marc Jacobs Spice Girl shoes to the mock Mary Jane designs seen at Gucci.
At Lela Rose, the clear with black combination is superb, while the fringed toes add a certain sense of je ne sais quoi to the whole thing. Double ankle straps appear on ballerina shoes with shimmering golden heels at Kate Spade, making the whole thing appear divine, square nose and all. There are a few T-bar d’Orsay pairs as well, including those from Edun that come fitted with socks, looking so very perfect for Easter celebrations over the winter months.
#8: Chunky Gothic Shoes
Normally just seen on Alexander Wang, the chunkier boots with a punk rock or Gothic feel to them had a rather interesting place on the runway, appearing all over, even with sequined dresses worn on top as per Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. Open toes also appear on the chunky lines at 3.1 Phillip Lim, not really the loveliest of designs, but somehow taken as a stylish trend. We will probably keep away from that particular one though.
Red suede with black detailing is what we see at Nicopanda, the platform of the heels really attractive when combined with the multiple buckles and ribbons out back. Edun mixes black and white to get the laced-up Western over-the-ankle booties that remind us of a restructured Converse shoe.
#9: Leather All Over
Since we have seen the leather boots so much on the runways, it rather gets redundant to even mention on this list. It is one of the top fall 2016 shoe trends. Period. From pointy toes to slightly squared or rounded pieces, embellished pieces or plain boots, pretty pumps or laced up creations, ankle heights or knees, about three quarters of the fall 2016 shoes appearing on the runways were indeed in leather. Boss brings in leather with silver zipper hardware, Opening Ceremony is all about the plain and the platform, Edun is chunky and wild, Rag & Bone brings in black and white combinations and lovely lacing, while Thom Browne rejoices in having leather for the laced up shoes.
#10: Suede Shoes
Lovely camel or beige colors on suede shoes are a personal favorite really, especially when you add on some laces and have the whole thing stop at the ankles, much as is done at Alexander Wang this year. With platform heels, the look is similar to one that existed a few years back as well, with the possibility of a few having kept their old shoes. The differences with my own? The lacing is at the front instead of the side and the toes are pointed instead of square.
There are suede feet with mesh legs at Diane von Furstenberg, laced up designs with high, chunky heels at Ralph Lauren, and it all comes in red with black leather detailing at Nicopanda with those awesome rounded toes and multi buckled looks. As for some of the loveliest suede pumps on the Fashion Week shows spotted, we would have to say those suede pretty stiletto heeled versions are definitely something to look out for. Anna Sui has a special love for the suede, having it appear on everything from the multiple strapped shoes to the mid-calf booties to the laced up royal designs and so much more.
#11: A Touch of Velvet on Shoes
The three main materials that are in style for the fall, whether in the clothing ensembles or the shoes, are leather, suede and luxurious velvets. The velvet also happens to appear in rather feminine fashions, including a gorgeous diver green slingback with a Mary Jane banded bow at Jason Wu, a kitten heeled d’Orsay pair looking even lovelier for the older ladies in the crowd. There is pink velvet on ballerina shoes at Kate Spade, with double straps around the ankle and shimmering gold heels, while it is all we can see at Jenny Packham with her ankle booties.
Velvet in the 3.1 Phillip Lim boots is simply to be admired, especially as it turns a dual tone pair of over the ankles into a dual texture one as well, the feeling of the velvet body too good to pass up. Some also come in full velvet, which makes the designs stand out on the runway even more so.
#12: Sequin Textures on Shoes
Sequins were huge on the clothing themselves, let alone the fall/ winter 2016-2017 shoes. For the crazier creations with the ruffles and frills and strange collars, the use of colorful sequins on the footwear was not at all abnormal. On the contrary, it matched the clothing textures perfectly at J.W. Anderson.
Gorgeous pumps with atypical stiletto heels and platforms at the soles appear with sequins added to the nude body on the Oscar de la Renta runway, while we get to enjoy the addition of sequins on multiple pieces throughout. This is a mini trend though and has a hard time competing with some of the more prominent looks on the runways.
#13: Reptile Skin Textures
Textures are a big thing for the fall season all over, especially when it comes to reptile skin lookalikes, appearing all over the runway. We see them with extremely high platforms and multiple buckled straps at Marc Jacobs, in gorgeous pointed-toe ankle boots from Mulberry, with wooden heels and 1970s looks at Ralph Lauren, and snakeskin with steel caps on the toes and an open backing at Proenza Schouler.
And have you seen Rodarte’s colorful knee-high boots with the ruffled body and sculptured heels? The combination of reptile skins, particularly snake, here are definitely worth every penny. Erdem’s scarlet with black combinations are certainly lovely, while Opening Ceremony’s mules come in silver hues and with kitten heels, the body of it looking like a lizard’s. Add some fur onto snakeskin shoes as crossing bands and heel accents such as that at BCBG, and you have a pair that is simply delectable.
#14: Shoes with Marabou Trimmings
Just as they appeared on the clothing, so they appeared on the footwear as well. The colorful feathery looks seen at Christopher Kane did not end with the dresses but spread to the ankle boots as well, appearing in fine purple. It made its way onto Marques’ Almeida fashions as well, appearing hip and lovely while lining the patent shoes. It might not be your typical trend but it appeared a few times throughout, on clothing, coats and also footwear to be able to call a micro trend.
#15: Playing with Platforms
One of the top fall 2016 shoe trends is the use of platforms, often towering extremely high. Those have the Spice Girls effect and appear on the Maison Margiela, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, and Vivienne Westwood runways, among others. There are those where the platform is only at the sole and meant to pull it up in order to balance out with the stiletto heels, such as the stacked version spotted at Oscar de la Renta.
The platform heels at Nicopanda are certainly something to be enjoying, even if there is no arch support. It does, however, give you height, and that is something we as short people love in a good platform shoe. There are gorgeous platforms with heels to the Opening Ceremony knee-high boots as well, while Alexander Wang’s suede pieces are hardly a look to ignore with the comfortable platform soles.
#16: David Bowie and Spice Girl Boots
You like the platforms and you like the heels? Here are some 1980s looks that you will adore. Build up the inches on the heels, add in a 5-6-inch sole region, combine the style with a few other trends and you have Marc Jacobs in all its glory. If you like this style, that is very David Bowie, you will enjoy seeing it throughout the Fashion Weeks and wearing it out proudly. Whether you go for the jeans appropriate Vivienne Westwood designs or the pure white foot contouring Balenciaga, you are in for a treat. The very best spotted on the runway, in our opinion however, is the Maison Margiela half boots with the soft texturing, the tiger prints and the sculptured heel that brings in a slight curve for added visual effect.
#17: Kitten Heels
The fall/ winter 2016-2017 shoes appear to bring in massive diversity and extreme opposites. Where the positively high platforms are in, so are the little kitten heels that add just a slight bit of height to the flats and give the arch a bit of support. Marni does this with some truly chic sculptural heeled kitten courts. Kitten heeled mules also appear on the runway, in reptile textures and a silver metallic sheen, courtesy of Opening Ceremony.
There is something rather adorable about seeing a not so thin kitten heel on a pair of d’Orsay shoes in velvet among the Jason Wu collection actually as well. This style is generally just too cute for words to describe in general and we are glad to see it on our list of the best fall 2016 shoes. And if you want to get artistically chic, there is always the Michael Kors ball-heeled designs that are simply too delectable to pass up, particularly with the shiny pointy toe to the black leather body.
For those who like to combine huge platforms with kitten heels as well, Vera Wang offers an interesting alternative, open toes, leather bodies, 6-inch platforms and tiny golden heels and all. It is possibly one of the most intriguing looks on the runway shoes for the season. Then again, Vera Wang does have a tendency to excel in fashion combinations. We are curious if this does not destabilize the foot instead.
#18: Shoes with Sculptured Heels
We have been seeing the sculptured heels since 2015 really and while they are more of a mini trend, they are still rather lovely to look at and even lovelier to own. We see wooden inserts to the heels at Marni, low and in tune with the pointy-toed look. The heels at Proenza Schouler appear with slight curves and mirrored chrome, giving the creations a rather artistic feel.
Oscar de la Renta’s crystal encrusted stiletto heels are simply divine, especially with the rest of the shoe being in a dusty pink satin finish. Rodarte’s heels are pretty fun coming in a cone shape and literally taking you from chunky to stiletto, adding strength to the heel that carries the rather heavy looking boots, which are all about colors, ruffles and snakeskin textures.
Sculptured heels can be quite simple as well as Michael Kors puts it, making the ball design of the kitten look really pretty, particularly as a comfortable professional office pair of not-so-flat flats.
#19: Shoes with Chunky Heels
Chunky heels are in! We see a whole lot of different heels on the catwalk as the different Fashion Weeks have rolled on by, but the chunky heels coming back to the stage were not unexpected. We knew it would dominate as well, which it most certainly did. We see the laced-up Western looks at Ralph Lauren, while the chunky look is predominant in general on the Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Derek Lam, Hugo Boss and Proenza Schouler runways, with quite a few appearing in contrast with the dainty stilettoes at Oscar de la Renta.
Crisscross straps and a rounded pointy toe is what we get at Tory Burch the femininity of it all offset by the chunkiness of those marble hued heels. Metallic chunky heels, on the other hand, are all Tommy Hilfiger. The most fun to have with chunky heels is to add in the fur, as done at BCBG.
#20: Wooden Heels
There are some wooden looks and real wood heels that we see on the runways, ranging from the lovely Marni kitten heels worn over stirrup tights to the mesh leg and suede-foot pointy-toe Diane von Furstenberg Western style boots. The Ralph Lauren over-the-ankle boots are pretty interesting themselves, with the reptile texture and the maroon coloring, the wooden heels and overall comfort feel. Boss has its own range of wooden heels, all in square form and looking quite lovely. They are decidedly gorgeous and well set to look great with just about any ensemble, for day or night.
#21: Square Heels
It does not seem apparent at first, but one of the top fall 2016 shoe trends to be found on the runways is indeed the square heel. Yes, there are stilettos. Yes there are platforms. Yes there are kitten heels and wooden ones, but it is the square look that really sets the stage, whether it is on a simple shoe or a boot or a sandal even. The simple square heel is all you really need as height is not needed for everyone, nor should it be coveted by the tallest.
The fall/ winter 2016-2017 footwear trends seem to offer something for everyone, no matter height or weight or ability to travel about. There is the crazy and the comfortable, the grunge and the olden all put together to create a set of trends that allows for uniqueness and individuality.
In terms of the square heels, most of all designers have taken to creating in this style, from the Anna Sui boots of all lengths, including mid-calf and thigh-high designs, to the Boss by Hugo Boss pieces, which excel in the square designs. Jason Wu’s d’Orsay creations in black velvet are not far behind in their extraordinary nature either.
#22: Mid-Calf Boots
A trend that was noticed starting from the New York Fashion Week was the mid-calf lengths, which come in handy for the ladies, who want more than an ankle height but soccer calves prevent them from finding a good pair of knee-lengths or even higher reaching. The mid-calf boots also come in some really pretty patterns and strong heels, including the mock leopard print at Michael Kors and the golden Western beauties at Coach, studs and buckles and all. At the end of the day, the mid-calf is the most prominent trend on the runways after the over-the-ankle boots, while the knee-high and thigh-high also reign supreme. Coach is among the many designer houses that seem to side with this top trend.
#23: Over-the-Ankle Boots
Whether paired with stilettoes or chunky heels, in leather or suede, with embellishments or without, we have seen the over-the-ankle boots as a top contender for its place among the top fall/ winter 2016-2017 shoe trends, appearing in nearly most collections. Ralph Lauren’s double buckled leather stiletto booties are too chic for words, while Boss brings in 3-inch height, zipper hardware defined black leather booties.
At Erdem, the reptile-texture boots come over the ankles and look rather lovely in matching colors with the dresses worn, one particular in scarlet and black combinations catching our eyes. There are multiple looks to consider in this style from 3.1 Phillip Lim alone, including dual tones that also include dual textures, sometimes combining the velvet with the leather in intriguing colors that simply look too good to be true.
#24: Knee-Length Boots
Since we are looking at colder months and snow, rains, perhaps some hail throughout the winter seasons especially, the knee-length boots are exactly what the doctor ordered really. It appears with steel cap toes at Proenza Schouler, in mesh at Diane von Furstenberg, and so very 1980s at Anna Sui. One really intriguing way to wear the knee-length boots is with multi colored bands and ruffles throughout, the heels sculptured and the body of reptile skins. Similar boots appeared also at Christian Siriano, with a clear depiction of snakeskin on the stilettoed creation. As for the knee-length in the masculine looks, DKNY certainly rules that ground!
#25: Thigh-High Boots
Boots in all lengths are in style for this fall and winter seasons it appears, which is rather intriguing. In general, the fall 2016 boot trends seem to have a much wider range, focusing on nearly everything above the ankles really. The thigh-high versions might not be the top trend, but they certainly do keep appearing quite a bit, so much so that even though we would have left it off this list, they insisted on having their own category. They come in velvet at Anna Sui, with print patterned tights underneath, in mock reptile skin with square heels at Altuzarra in a leather material, worn with pants tucked in, and in a simpler black leather, with the added bonus of wooden heels on the Boss Women’s collection, Western toned down to match with the day’s needs.
#26: Gorgeous Evening Pumps
Pretty shoes are definitely something to fall in love with, whether they are of a satin base or leather, with sculptured heels or simple. From the sequins and crystal encrusted pieces viewed at Oscar de la Renta to the plain beauty of the black Gareth Pugh pumps, this is a look that certainly can be worn any time, so long as the snow is not very deep come winter.
#27: Footwear with Prints
Whether shoes or boots, there are quite a few pieces that appear with lovely prints on them, often made to match with the clothing worn with it, completing the ensemble. Such is the case with the Burberry fashions where the green, blue and grey color combination is transferred to the over-the-ankle, big buckled boots adorning the feet, creating slightly different patterns on them than those which appear on what is pulled over the body. The mixing of prints is definitely in style unto itself, so it makes sense really.
Floral prints are rather interesting on the footwear as well, lending to their stylish feminine appeal. Prints can come in all different shapes and sizes and colors, which is where the Altuzarra ones certainly rule, effectively mixing all the right color combinations with the enchantment of wearing evening pumps out. Put perhaps the most intriguing is the Anna Sui creations, where the prints on the shoes match perfectly with the prints on the tights, appearing as if one is walking on air really.
Checks are a common look in 2016 it appears, whether we are looking at spring and summer or fall and winter. As such, it makes sense that the trend would also appear on the footwear, matching the pants to some degree at Marques’ Almeida, the teal and black combination appearing once again as a color trend. The Altuzarra checked footwear includes a fur based body, a hexagon pattern and a very honeycomb look that is a little out of place from the general tartan checks but very interesting unto itself.
#28: Dual Tone Footwear
While not apparent from the start, soon it becomes painfully clear that the teal and black combination appears in a few different ways, on a few different pieces. Prada’s open-toe big-buckled shoes appear with teal ankle straps to their black bodies. Marques’ Almeida combines a teal base with black checks to its kitten heeled shoes.
The dual tones in general are huge on the runways, appearing all over, from New York to London, Milan to Paris, and really setting the tone for the ensembles worn out. In this case, 3.1 Phillip Lim is a great example with its silver with brown open-toe d’Orsay style sandals and maroon with black combination over-the-ankle boots. There are even some with velvet bodies and silver leather toes, the dual tones adding to the appeal.
#29: Western Rodeo
Whereas 2015 was nearly fully about the Western looks, the fall/ winter 2016-2017 shoes have some remnants and they are positively delectable from time to time while remaining plain and comfortable at others. From The Row and its camel hued boots in simple leather to the steel capped Proenza Schouler with the knee-high effects and the chunky dark brown heels to the caramel brown body, Western style shoes appeared quite often on the runway during the recent shows. The looks can also come in mesh, as seen at Diane von Furstenberg, the suede pointy toes helping keep the feet warm while the leg gets breathing room.
Western is the perfect way to describe the modernized but still retro footwear in gold found on the Coach runway, complete with buckles and studs, made lovelier with some sculptured heels. The loveliest of the Western looks is the ankle boots from Jenny Peckham, which include a velvet body, thicker heel and intriguing stitching leading to something that is truly too good to pass up once it becomes available in stores.
#30: Gorgeous Slingbacks
It might be the colder seasons we are looking at for the footwear trends, but some of the fall 2016 shoes are more meant for the warmer days. This means moving out to Thailand or Malaysia for year round lovely weather… or maybe we’ll settle for Florida, the Caribbean, the United Arab Emirates or somewhere else along those line, where the winters are as warm as the summers in other countries.
The slingback looks are definitely meant for that, especially when they are as gorgeous as the perfect set of evening shoes from Oscar de la Renta, the ball-studded Michael Kors lovelies, or the snakeskin textured steel-toe slingbacks seen at Proenza Schouler. Things take on a velvet touch in deep diver aqua at Jason Wu, presenting a pair that is more than just hard to resist, but presents a very cutesy feminine touch with that Mary Jane banded bow.
#31: Wild Cat Prints on Shoes
The textures with the reptile skin are certainly something to be coveted, but it gets even lovelier when you substitute reptile with wildcat. Stylized leopard prints appear on Michael Kors extremely chunky heeled boots, looking pretty awesome unto themselves, while the fun trend is seen at Jeremy Scott with even more aplomb, this time as platform knee-high boots in a bright sky blue with gentle orange hues, the combination making the tiger stripes stand out from the collection.
#32: Shoes in Metallic Hues
Forget the textures, the colors are what get to us here. We see a whole lot of metallic appearing, from the Chanel golden looks, including booties and not-your-grandmother’s shoes, while Tommy Hilfiger is not far behind with mid-calf boots and chunky-heel bits, these guys worn with socks. The silver can be found on kittle-heeled mules at Opening Ceremony as well, complete with a reptile skin texture that lends to its appeal. At Coach, the metallic hues are aplenty, ranging from golds to silvers to some deeper shimmering colors, including a more reddish copper look among the mix, complete with a Western design.
#33: Slits in Shoes
Notice how the fall 2016 clothing trends tended to focus quite a bit on slits? The 2016-2017 shoes have also adopted the style and have appeared countless times on the runway with one form of slit apparent or another. We see the pointy-toed pieces with the large buckles in reptile textures on the Victoria Beckham runway, sporting a sexy slit to the outer side of the foot. At Opening Ceremony, the slit came down the center with a modest addition of shimmery cloth banded from underneath, a similar thing with an ankle boot appearing at Narciso Rodriguez, wherein an ankle strap kept the plunging slit from opening up and allowing the foot to slip out.
#34: Furry Detailing on Footwear
Fur, faux or real, was huge on the fall 2016 runway, something that has been trending for a long time in reality. From fur stoles to fur coats, fur accents and fur details, it was all over the place as one of the top trends. Now we also get to see it on the fall 2016 footwear that has been presented, appearing as bands or pompoms, fully engulfing or tiny bits, on the body and the heels.
BCBG includes a fur band over snakeskin shoes with chunky fur lined heels as well. At Zero Maria Cornejo, the loafers are given the fur treatment as well, ensuring the tops of the feet and the toes are safe from the chilly elements. And then, of course, there are those furry Baja East slippers that we simply cannot do without.
#35: Open Heel Booties
Forget the slingbacks, these are the shoes of the future and some also come with gorgeous red soles to the black leather bodies, as seen at Cushnie et Ochs. Backless shoes really with ankle straps and some more support around the base of the heels, these are quite lovely but rather intriguing in the fact that half the foot will be warm while the other half will freeze. Alexander Wang seems to have no problems with showing off the backs of the feet, making his silver studded white versions definitely a collector’s piece.
#36: Mesh Footwear
The legs and feet are given space to breathe from time to time, which is exactly the thought process behind the boot featured at the Diane von Furstenberg runway. With a suede foot and mesh leg, reaching up to over the knees, the boots were rather lovely and made specifically for the fall season, where you can afford not to fully cover up the legs and where the wet grounds will not ruin the suede of the shoes.
#37: Studs Big and Small
A final trend we certainly want to mention is the use of studs on the footwear created for the fall and winter seasons of 2016-2017, from the open back designed booties, like those spotted on the Alexander Wang runway, appearing as silver half balls on white bases, to the French royal shoes from Coach that have a shimmering gold body with darkened silver studding throughout the top half and the heels.
#38: Matched Shoes with Socks and Stocking
One rather curious look that has turned into a lovely trend is the whole shoe and sock or stocking combination that not only coexists, but matches perfectly. This includes the Anna Sui color combinations that could not have been more right as the legs are clad in purple tights and the feet adorned with purple suede half boots. There are also matching prints to be seen on the same line, with floral detailing on both tights and shoes.
There are those that are not the perfect match but come close enough such as the strappy wraparound sandals from Jill Stuart in a deep crimson coloring, the shoes in a shiny look while the stocking worn underneath bearing a mesh property. While the textures differ, the colors are essentially the same.
#39: A Masculine Appeal
A mini trend among the fall/ winter 2016-2017 shoe trends but a top trend for the clothing, the masculine creations are something to look forward to for the chillier months as well, which means some really lovely Calvin Klein loafers as well, laced up on top and shiny in their material. The addition of a slight platform to it adds grunge to it and more of a feminine youthfulness, despite the masculine appeal.
And then of course there is the whole laced-up boots look that has a rounded pointy toe and ticker sole, effectively combining the masculine with the feminine but leaning rather heavily towards the former genre. Knee-high or mid-calf, with lacing or without, the platforms on the DKNY runway lend to the masculinity along with the simpler designs associated with the brand’s fall fashions of 2016.
#40: Out-of-this-World Footwear Designs
One of the most unconventional fall/ winter 2016-2017 shoe trends is the use of weird designs, textures and color combinations and as a result we have an array of statement-making shoes that will make heads turn as you pass by this fall. We love the zebra shoes with the tail spotted at Gucci, the interesting texture on the J.W. Anderson shoes, the heavy floral appliques on the Dolce & Gabbana designs and the interesting color-blocked futuristic boots from Fendi. Dolce & Gabbana’s Cinderella-inspired glass shoe is a real dream come true!
Photos courtesy of Vogue