It’s hard to image you could ever have too many pairs of shoes, but in keeping to wise investments and aiming for the perfect curated wardrobe it’s worth sticking to the key styles that will get you through the season with style and versatility.

Going hand in hand with the spectacular fall 2013 fashion trends, the star accessories of the season span from super-sexy to tough-luxe styles, reinventing classic staples or welcoming new silhouettes altogether.

Sharp-looking flats, sleek heels and edgy boots compete in making this autumn’s biggest shoe statement. Borrowing inspiration from the fall runways, we take a closer look at the new season’s best women shoes. Find them all after the break.

The key shoe styles for fall 2013

They are all born under the spotlight, as every fashionable pair of shoes has its origin set on the world’s biggest runways. Not all of them are meant to rise, but the few styles that do have a huge impact in establishing the general direction for the upcoming seasons. This fall is all about:

The wedge ankle boots

You can count on Isabel Marant to take every season by storm with a new pair of ultra-cool wedges. This fall’s version brings together the best of style and comfort, unified in a sleek ankle boot silhouette. Wear yours with sexy mini skirts and super-skinny jeans, playing with soft textures and light layering.

Best women's shoes for fall 2013
Wedge ankle boots at Isabel Marant F/W ’13

Best women's shoes for fall 2013
Shop the style: Givenchy Shark Lock suede wedge ankle boots at net-a-porter; Isabel Marant Sebay suede ankle boots at net-a-porter;

The lace-up flats

This season’s sleek aesthetic ended up influencing a little bit more than just the garments we saw on the runway. The lace-up flats took a sharper turn, looking exquisite as paired with gorgeous tailored pieces in delicate pastel hues. Style them with sleek mini silhouettes, both skirts and coats, and super-light knits.

Best women's shoes for fall 2013
Lace-up flats at Simone Rocha F/W ’13

Best women's shoes for fall 2013
Shop the style: Miu Miu Two-tone pointed leather brogues at net-a-porter; Simone Rocha Patent-leather brogues at net-a-porter; Alexander Wang Ingrid textured leather brogues at The Outnet

The buckle moto ankle boots

There’s something particularly appealing about the way the grunge trend allows us to channel our tough side for a change. Complementing the perfect picture of modern edginess, the buckled biker ankle boots become a must for fall. Balance their heavy feel with a play on sheerness and contrasting textures.

Best women's shoes for fall 2013
Buckle moto ankle boots at Saint Laurent F/W ’13

Best women's shoes for fall 2013
Shop the style: Saint Laurent Signature Rangers studded leather ankle boots at net-a-porter; Balenciaga The cut-out ankle boots at Matches Fashion; Jil Sander Polished-leather ankle boots at net-a-porter

The ankle strap heels

If you’re already in love with this season’s heavy minimalist folds, you’ll be won over by the way their sculptural folds go against a pair of classic ankle strap heels. Either pump or sandal silhouettes, in bold hues or classic colours, nothing channels timeless femininity better than this season’s sleek styles.

Best women's shoes for fall 2013
Ankle strap heels at Lanvin F/W ’13

Best women's shoes for fall 2013
Shop the style: Saint Laurent Leather sandals at net-a-porter; Rupert Sanderson Closed-toe slip-ons at The Corner; Derek Lam High-heeled sandals at The Corner

The over-the-knee boots

A cool pair of over-the-knee leather boots, a slouchy beanie and the endless ways of experimenting with fall’s cosy layers set an image that makes you almost forget about summer being all gone and the colder months rapidly approaching. Add a dark red lip to the fashion equation and consider yourself ready for fall.

Best women's shoes for fall 2013
Over-the-knee boots at 3.1 Phillip Lim F/W ’13

Best women's shoes for fall 2013
Shop the style:  3.1 Phillip Lim Leather over-the-knee boots at net-a-porter; Miu Miu Polished-leather over-the-knee boots at net-a-porter; Vionnet Suede/Leather Over-The-Knee Boots in Black at Stylebop

The T-bar pumps

They have a certain kind of charm about them, evoking the glory of decades long gone while turning your steps into a string of graceful moves. For fall / winter 2013, T-bar pumps made a forceful comeback as veiled in a modern gauze, following the dainty vision set by luxury powerhouses such as Valentino, Lanvin and Fendi.

Best women's shoes for fall 2013
T-bar pumps at Valentino F/w ’13

Best women's shoes for fall 2013
Shop the style: Lanvin Glitter-bow satin T-bar pumps at net-a-porter; Valentino Patent-leather and velvet T-bar pumps at Mytheresa; Fendi Metallic leather T-bar pumps at net-a-porter

The printed pumps

Sleek and solid usually does it for fall, but a beautiful print covering the silhouette of a classic pump never hurt either. Becoming one with the gorgeous winter florals, or going opposite direction only to encounter a sophisticated take on tartan, wear your pumps fully dipped in color and print this autumn.

Best women's shoe for fall 2013
Printed pumps at Roberto Cavalli F/W ’13

Best women's shoes for fall 2013
Shop the style: Givenchy Striped print pumps in yellow, grey and black python at net-a-porter; Lucy Choi London Tartan-print pumps at Matches Fashion; Aperlai Platform pumps at The Corner;

The open-toe boots

Building a micro-trend in the making, the open-toe boots seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Kenneth Cole and Jason Wu add a new dimension to this fall’s powered-up attitude. With this particular silhouette, the styling is meant to further accentuate its daring essence, so opt for chic separates in dark colours, black leather and a choker necklace for an exciting, and at the same time intriguing, combination.

Best women's shoes for fall 2013
Open-toe boots at Kenneth Cole F/W ’13

Best women's shoes for fall 2013
Shop the style: 3.1 Phillip Lim ISSA Leather Peep-Toe Boots at Mytheresa; Jason Wu Harlow whipstitched leather ankle boots at net-a-porter.

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