City Pulse

By Willette Francis

I know you’re thinking, “The sun is shining, its 90 degrees in the shade and wearing anything but sandals is not an option”. At this exact moment, that is all true. But summer won’t last forever (as much as we all want it to), so it’s time to start thinking about your fall shoe wardrobe. These trends will have you wishing it was 30 degrees cooler with autumn leaves on the ground. No need to have a million dollars in the bank (no need not to-either!) … there’s something here for every budget.

Platform Shoes

These shoes are great for work or play. Wear them with a pair of wide-legged pants or trouser jeans. Platforms will even complement your favorite suit.

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Guess makes these ‘Jolita’ platforms shown in brown for $110.00, also available on Guess.com in black

Michael Kors cape black suede platform pump for $395.00, available on Jildor.com

Brown Dior pump with metallic detail available on BergdorfGoodman.com for $990.00

Ballerina Flats

Ballerina flats are still hot this fall. Wearing round or square toe flats with skinny jeans is a great look. Check out these three amazing pairs.

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Steve Madden ‘Subject’ round toe flat in black $99.95, also available in blue and brown on SteveMadden.com

Stuart Weitzman ‘Bejewel’ patent flat $250.00 shown in Bisque Anline, also available in black on StuartWeitzman.com

Fendi gray suede ballerina flats $455.00, also available in black on NeimanMarcus.com

Peep Toe and Round Toe pumps

A tribute to decades gone-by these pumps are updated for the fashion conscious diva. Try these styles with your favorite baby doll dress, jump, or high-waisted skirt.

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Violet color block peep toe pump by Report for Victoria’s Secret $175.00, also available in brown on VictoriasSecret.com

Red Marc by Marc Jacobs peep toe pump $325.00, also in black available on NeimanMarcus.com

Nine West ‘Nastro’ pump in med grey/red toe $89.00, also available in dark grey/blue and med grey/butternut on Ninewest.com

Christian Louboutin Criss Cross pump $790.00 in black patent on BergdorfGoodman.com

Mary Janes

There’s nothing school girl-ish about these shoes. Wear them with opaque tights for a trendy look. Remember to wear a dark pair with lighter color tights and a light pair with darker color tights, the shoes will stand out and you won’t get that monotone look.

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Steve Madden ‘Dewey’ mary jane in gold leather $79.95, also available in black on SteveMadden.com

Via Spiga ‘Neda’ patent leather mary jane in red for $169.00, also available in brown and black on Piperlime.com

Manolo Blahnik mary jane pump $555.00 in Bronze patent, also available in pink hair calf on NeimanMarcus.com

Boots and Booties

Boots are a must when the weather cools down and there’s a huge selection to choose from. Tall boots, ankle boots and flat boots take center stage this fall. This type of versatility makes them suitable for any outfit.

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Nine West ‘Fauxa’ in navy suede $169.00, also available in black and dark grey on Ninewest.com

Ferragamo Royal Suede Riding Boot $690.00 in chocolate, also available in black on NeimanMarcus.com

C Label tan leather side strap boots $216.00 on Bluefly.com

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Christian Dior beige suede sherling ‘Ice’ wedge boots $820.00

DKNY ‘Marabel’ ankle zipper bootie in black $395.00, available at DKNY.com

Prada ‘Vernice’ glamour bootie in Nero $550.00 available at Saksfifthavenue.com

Oxfords

High-heeled oxfords will give fall menswear inspired women’s fashion a dose of femininity. Here are a few styles that will have you running to your nearest shoe store to snatch them up.

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Bakers ‘Rosanne’ oxford in black $79.95, available on Bakershoes.com

‘Sage’ oxford by Circa Joan and David in grey 128.95, available on Nordstroms.com

Costume National lace up oxford in black $635.00, available on Barneys.com

Originally published August 2007
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