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.
Wedge ankle boots at Isabel Marant F/W ’13
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.
Lace-up flats at Simone Rocha F/W ’13
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.
Buckle moto ankle boots at Saint Laurent F/W ’13
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.
Ankle strap heels at Lanvin F/W ’13
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.
Over-the-knee boots at 3.1 Phillip Lim F/W ’13
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.
T-bar pumps at Valentino F/w ’13
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.
Printed pumps at Roberto Cavalli F/W ’13
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.
Open-toe boots at Kenneth Cole F/W ’13