Shoes. As one would successfully argue, the most powerful of fashion accessories, the ones to make or break a look, the ones known to convey nothing but the extraordinary (in all of its many guises) when it comes to the runway. For fall 2015, it was the shoes to take center stage, catching all eyes, glowing under the spotlights, leaving everyone in awe. Because they were that good.

From the least wearable to the seriously covetable, the shoe trends for fall and winter build momentum for some seriously cool seasons ahead. Time to get ready!

Here are 9 of the best shoe trends for fall 2015.

Fall 2015 shoe trends.

Embellishments.

From loafers to pumps, and from ankle-strap sandals to boots, expect everything to get infinitely dressed up for autumn and winter, the embellishments ranging in between the delicate and the oversized. Think in terms of extravagant brooches, intricate beadwork, ornate flowers and sparkling gems:

Fall 2015 shoe trends
Embellished shoes at Celine and Rochas, F/W ’15

Lace-up.

Sexy, enticing and totally unapologetic, the lace-up boots waiting to take over the streets come fall are the stuff of dreams. If you aim to make the gladiator sandals your statement shoe this spring, allow the lace-up boots to ensure your wardrobe will transition smoothly into winter:

Fall 2015 shoe trends
Lace-up boots at Vionnet, Altuzarra and Jonathan Saunders, F/W ’15

Colour-blocking.

In a season that’s all about the shoes, colour-blocking them into a statement comes easy, particularly if we’re to judge based on the countless combinations seen walking down the runways. Nothing more perfect when it comes to adding interest to your cold-weather wardrobe:

Fall 2015 shoe trends
Colour-blocked booties at Just Cavalli and Prabal Gurung, F/W ’15

Velvet.

It takes merely a touch of velvet to transform the most basic of ankle boots into things of pure luxury this fall and winter. Grounded in the season’s return to Victoriana, the velvet shoes come in an equally royal palette of colours, spanning in between deep reds and royal blues:

Fall 2015 shoe trends
Velvet boots at Givenchy, Dries Van Noten and Emilio Pucci, F/W ’15

Quirky heels.

Business in the front, party in the back: with the plethora of quirky heels revealed on the fall 2015 runways, one can totally grow accustomed to these creative statements that double as surprise factors. From unusual sculptural shapes to minimalist blocks, everything goes as long as it’s unexpected:

Fall 2015 shoe trends
Quirky heels at Jason Wu and Salavtore Ferragamo, F/W ’15

Skintight boots.

Skintight boots that vanish into the short hemlines of skirts, dresses and coats, made out of latex or stretch leather, seem to compete for the title of fall’s sexiest shoes alongside the lace-up numbers described by the same impossible amounts of sensuality. Legs for days it is:

Fall 2015 shoe trends
Skintight boots at Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior and Nina Ricci, F/W ’15

Fringing.

In a season so keen on reviving the 1970s, while celebrating the best of Western inspiration, expect the fringes to shimmy from anywhere they possibly can, garments, statement bags and footwear included, with ankle booties and over-the-knee boots dressed in fringes, a must:

Fall 2015 shoe trends
Fringed boots at Burberry Prorsum, Rebecca Minkoff and Matthew Williamson, F/W ’15

Chelsea boots.

Toughening up the shoe game for fall, the lug sole put a whole new spin on the classic Chelsea boot, the latest iteration a perfect mix of uncomplicated cool and understated luxe:

Fall 2015 shoe trends
Chelsea boots at Balenciaga, Michael Kors and Tod’s, F/W ’15

Fur all-over.

Although not making for the most wearable of shoe trends for fall 2015, the fur all-over footwear must be mentioned if only for the determination with which it conquered runway after runway, despite its obvious lack of practicality. You can always choose to go with just a touch of fuzzy fur for less of an extreme statement:

Fall 2015 shoe trends
Furry shoes at Fendi, Tibi and Gucci, F/W ’15

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