No outfit is complete without slipping your feet into something that is cool, quirky or comfortable, and by all means fashionable. The fall/ winter 2017-2018 shoe trends certainly meet those criteria and more. They are simply out of this world sometimes, and generally perfect in their modern but classic nature.
Shoes are a woman’s best friend along with handbags and diamonds, they say. We are inclined to agree. And with the new fall/ winter 2017 shoe trends presented on the New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Week runways, we are bound to find quite a few pairs to play with.
Our closets have been begging for some new additions anyhow and the fall/ winter 2017 footwear trends are fun and quirky, definitely worth grabbing a few from each trend. Since the looks are rather cool and rather alluring, we’ve put together a nice little list of the top trends one should be looking for when shopping for footwear for the fall season. It might be cool but it is not without its major style.
Fashion for 2017 pretty much means creating a whole new you. So have fun with the way you mix and match throughout the upcoming seasons!
#1: Sparkle and Shine
Time to get your glitter on, ladies! This fall and winter, you are going to be partying it up with glitter and sparkle, from shiny silver shoes over shiny silver socks as per Isabel Marant, to silver against black appliques as per Oscar de la Renta, bright silver studding at Saint Laurent to bejeweled footwear at Miu Miu.
We see a whole lot of silver and glitter combinations in general, which makes silver as much a top shoe trend for fall 2017 as the sparkle and shine itself. Boots and sandals, stilettoes and chunky heels all get the bejeweled effect added to them.
#2: Combat Boots
The military vibe has its potential and the designers for the fall and winter 2017 runway shows decided to really play with the attraction that one feels for combat boots. False lacing and flat bottoms are the Alexander Wang boots, while it goes right up to the knees with real lacing and a thicker sole at Altuzarra. Dior plays with simple and less fitting, while Rodarte adds in colors and texture to the trend.
#3: Cowboy Up
Cowboy style but urbanized looks come into play on the New York, London, Milan and Paris runways. The city folks seem to be saddling up quite nicely, and to match with the overall Western trend, it seems that the footwear is also following suit, particularly when it comes to all lengths of boots.
Red lacing on black leather is rather intriguing as per Alexander McQueen, while you can opt for colorful low heels with pointy toes and ankle lengths as seen at Balmain. Cowboy boots in black and white are a Calvin Klein favorite, while tan colors appear at Louis Vuitton, meaning that even our palettes can go Western.
#4: Shoes Made to Ski
When you go trudging through snow, or pretend that is what you are going to do but refuse to get your brand name footwear soggy, you opt for the ski boots. They can be laced up in black over pure furry white as seen at Moncler Grenoble, with shearling lining and gentle fall colors as per Etro, or with a thick platform heel as seen on the Coach 1941 runway show.
Ski boots are made to last and can give you comfort and style at once. We are almost certain these will be a top fall/ winter 2017-2018 shoe trend this year.
#5: Silver Stars
Silver was huge on clothing and accessories, so it is no surprise that the fall 2017 shoes also play lovingly with the idea of the bright metallic hue, particularly when showing off their glitter. Against dark backgrounds or on bejeweled looks, silver encases the feet lovingly and brings a fashion forward intention to the whole of the show environment.
Miu Miu, Oscar de la Renta and many others play with the concept of the silver shoe, with really creative and positively lovely results. We even get sparkling silver mules with pointy toes and ribbon fronts.
#6: All Kinds of White Footwear
White half boots are in, particularly with black lacing as per The Row. White is the new top color when it comes to the fall/ winter 2017-2018 footwear, possibly here to stay for a few seasons yet, and looking positively fresh and fabulous.
White thigh-high boots that are tight as leggings are a Balenciaga favorite, but you can wear white shoes any way you like. Buckled up or classic, ankle boots or full length, with crystal heels or stilettos, the white color of the shoes is not only perfect for the seasons, but also quite lovely for year-round usage.
#7: Hot in Red
Red was all across the board when it comes to the biggest fall/ winter 2017 color trends, particular in the clothing and footwear. We get ourselves some awesome red boots in multiple hues, from the fire engine reds at Fendi to the more classical leather reds of Adam Lippes.
It goes quirky and antique and Altuzarra, and less feminine up to the knees with Bottega Veneta. We even get youth inspired slogans all over the Dolce & Gabbana booties. Though you might want to pick up a tip or two from Givenchy and make it an entirely red matching outfit, complete with laces up stiletto boots.
#8: Everything Velvet
Velvet might be the hottest material on the market at the moment, with even boots being made in lovely velvet looks. That includes a gorgeous thigh-high crystal heeled Ellery pair of boots, as well as the gracing of interesting buckled Attico ballet flats.
Velvet in floral prints anyone? Satin lacing helps bring the print-heavy velvet boots at Erdem to life, while we get some funky velvet with corded knit collections at Fendi.
Really though, velvet on thigh-high boots is certainly something to look into, and if we can get some in funky colors, as seen at Tibi, why on earth would we give something like that up?
#9: Snakeskin Street Shoes
Among the boots that appear on the runways, we get the impression that animal prints might not be as big, but the snakeskin look is definitely appearing enough to be considered a fall/ winter 2017-2018 shoe trend. That includes knee lengths and over-the-knee pieces, buckled-up looser designs like at Maison Margiela or body contouring designs as per Balmain’s creations, or even with major contrast and speaking of comfort in high heels as seen on the Gucci runway.
Have fun with the snakeskin shoes for fall 2017, because they are your only animal print to play with over the fall and winter when it comes to shoes.
#10: Silk and Satin Shoes
We are sure you were not expecting this type of shoe trend for fall/ winter 2017-18. Indeed, we get shoes appearing in silk and satins, looking immensely gorgeous and comfortable.
Balenciaga’s classic look in red certainly does us in, while it seems that precious materials can also be used on boots as per Adam Lippes. Gucci makes great combinations throughout for footwear that does not even appear to be in satin, while Phillip Lim revels in the comfort of such soft fabrics.
As for Prada, you won’t even notice the silk when there are those artistic heels and buckled ankles to be staring at. What we love is the use of bright blues with the silk though, making the Tibi boots one of a kind.
#11: Laced Up Boots
Lacing on boots is certainly something to consider working with, combat boot or not. Rodarte pairs half-laced calf-length boots with laced up leather skirts to match, while Hermes goes for the rounded pointy toes and brings up the length to the knees.
Altuzarra goes all combat on us, while The Row plays with the combination of black and white. Side lacing on cowboy boots as per Alexander McQueen only adds to the fun of this particular fall/ winter 2017-2018 shoe trend.
#12: Bejeweled Shoes
Did you notice that gorgeous ankle wrapped black stiletto piece on the Badgley Mischka runway? We certainly did, and fell in love with the gorgeous filigree bejeweled design on the back of the shoe.
Many fall 2017 shoes and boots appear on the runways with equal amount of man-made diamonds and silver backgrounds, including Miu Miu with the dangling drops and studded buckles, as well as the bejeweled Calvin Klein ankle straps. They are all gorgeous to say the least and have women’s hearts begging for more.
#13: Shoes with Top Notch Embellishment
Simple is not quite the sexy this year is going for, despite some of the simpler fall/ winter 2017-2018 shoe trends. We get quite a bit of embellishment, and the gaudier it seems sometimes, the better.
Dolce & Gabbana adds flowers, sparkle and multiple buckles to the footwear, while Attico not only plays up metallic coloring, but also enjoys the silver on black faces. We even get Asian thematic shoes with gold on black ankle straps at Gucci. Small embellishments as per Loewe or Monse style extravagance, embellishments are a huge fall 2017 footwear trend on the runway.
#14: Buckled Boons
Buckles of all types appear on the runways as one of the best fall/ winter 2017 shoe trends. They might be added pieces to lovely boots or embellishments to shoes, with long belted appearances or bejeweled looks.
Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Monse and Prada all have rather lovely buckled shoes for fall 2017, and worth taking a look at. You can enjoy the buckled looks greatly, particularly if you plan to go simple in terms of your outfit for the night out or day spent on chores.
#15: Shoes with Pointed Toes
While round toes are infinitely more comfortable, and the squared are interesting to look at, it is the pointy toe that rocks the Fashion Week runway shows throughout the major fashion city events. These range from mules to boots to d’Orsays and more.
High heels or low heels, bejeweled or plain, the pointy toe appears everywhere. Red boots or artistic heels, ankle lengths or simple classic pumps, the pointed toe is the most common fall 2017 shoe trend on the Fashion Week runways.
#16: Well Above the Knees
Thigh-high boots and those that go even higher than the standard lower or mid-thigh are in style and all over the runways. Wear them in almost the legging style, in snake prints as per Balmain’s instructions, or as form-fitting tights as per Celine.
You can add on texture and stiletto heels if you are using Fendi as an example, and even have buckles across the top like the Monse boots for fall 2017. You can even go for reds or neutral coloring with the boots that seem to take the shape of your legs. This one is certainly not meant for us with the soccer calves.
#17: Slouchy Boots
The ‘80s have been getting much attention these days, and these slouchy fits are certainly one of the remnants from the decade that are making a comeback for the late 2010s. It would be interesting if it stays in style well into the coming years as well.
Slouchy knee-high boots are in, with Saint Laurent offering some rather lovely looks in this trend category, though it is the Etro colors that really grab our attention. Slouchy half boots in velvet are a Michael Kors thing it seems, and we will definitely be going for this design, where practicality and style combine for a rather lovely creation.
#18: Stiletto Heels
There are all types of heels on the runways, of course, but the one fall/ winter 2017-2018 shoe trend that keeps popping out is the stiletto. The thin, not too tall and not too short heels are back in style and look dainty, flirty and utterly feminine. When you add black and white and ankle wrappings, as seen at Jason Wu, the look gets even more attractive.
There are stiletto heels on boots of all types. They appear on classic pumps and pretty sandals, with artistic designs or simply buckled up. The loveliest though has to be on the ankle-length booties. It makes a woman’s nature stand out a little more it appears, so much more than in combat boots.
#19: Square Toes Are Back
We lied. We said it was stilettos, but it is the square toe that has caught everyone’s attention. While many are worried about not being able to like them, designers are sure that the public will be fawning over the square toe soon enough.
These are all about the weird, the funky and the fashionable and not at all how they used to be. Top designers all over the world have been opting for the square toe, whether we are looking at Louis Vuitton or Calvin Klein, Acne or Gucci.
In any case, they are here for the season at least, if not for a while, so time to get used to them. Might be a tad more comfortable than the pointy toes, but certainly not as delicate-appearing.
#20: Made with Markings
Graffiti and logos appear on the fall/ winter 2017-2018 shoes all over the runways, particularly showing off the brand that they stand for. This includes funky handbag style Moschino booties or lovely red Balenciaga pumps.
We even get checkered heels and letter-like stylization on the Dolce & Gabbana beauties that are brought out onto the runways. You can easily wear out slogans and brand names on your footwear this coming season and you will only garner positive attention from fashion lovers everywhere.
#21: Socks and Sandals
This may not appear as often as we saw in previous seasons, but it appears with a new twist: the socks and sandals combination comes in all glitter it appears, from Philosophy di Lorenzo’s shorter appeal to the silvery dark and bright Isabel Marant looks, as well as the perfect glittering sparkle of the Gucci masterpieces. You can wear socks and sandals together for the fall… just make sure to make it shine bright.
#22: Heel Art
We’ve been seeing quite a few artistically designed heels of late and find this shoe trend to be a keeper. We are heading into a new century, with evolved technology, science, and particularly the arts. What was once tasteful is now bland, while the strange has become the norm. As such, it comes as no surprise that artistic heels are in style today.
Whether we go for a gorgeous black and gold Salvatore Ferragamo design or settle for an old world meets new world piece from the Mary Katrantzou collection, artistic heels are where the fall/ winter 2017-2018 shoe trends are taking us, and soon there will be too many designs to even begin to sort through them.
Marni’s melting stilettoes certainly hold major appeal, and we certainly would not say no to a lovely crystal heel by Dries Van Noten.
#23: Lavishing Loafers
Loafers have not been in for a while now, but they seem to have their place on the fall/ winter 2017 shoe trend reports already. They come in lovely colors like pale yellow at MSGM, or in lovely blues as seen at Mulberry.
They remind us of grandmother’s shoes sometimes with the tassels and all, but the high heels and super fits make them truly feminine to wear out. And modern too, we may add. Make it a two-tone look and it should be a definite on your shoe-buying checklist.
#24: Modern Mary Janes
Triple buckles on pink stiletto heels are found at Blumarine and simply melt our hearts. For the fall 2017 shoe trends, we get either single straps or triple, but the double is never seen. That is the current trend.
Modern Mary Janes are all the rage it appears and we are definitely buying a few of these in a few different colors. Embellished like at Dolce & Gabbana or in reptile skin textures in purple as per Mulberry, you can bet your money on the fact that nearly everyone will be grabbing themselves a good pair for the fall season.
#25: Clear Plastic Shoes
You want to show off skin or that fabulous pedicure, but want to keep warm at the same time? The clear plastic shoe trend for fall 2017 is here to make the designer’s life easier in putting together the right shoe for you.
Whether you are playing with colors and textures as with Prabal Gurung, or showing off the sides of your feet in bronzed gold pointy-toe Oscar de la Renta pumps, it is your prerogative. The plastic is clear and ready for you to make your shoe imaginations a reality.
#26: Furry Accents on Shoes
Furry boots are also in style and looking positively funky, Miu Miu even bringing the buckle trend in here. We see them appear in different colors, though blues and browns are a common sight. It is considered the hallucinogenic version of the moonboot with added fur, shearling and plenty of color.
Prada or Moncler Grenoble, these are definitely the warm boots for fall 2017 you have been looking for. Furry flats are possibly the funniest looks though, with Prada making it look like slippers are being worn out of the house.
#27: Shoes with Funky Prints and Patterns
It gets all funky not only on the heels that sometimes have a UFO appeal, but also on the prints that range from black and yellow construction sign looks at Monse, to the candy wrapper J.Crew pumps.
You can do stripes and spots and checkers everywhere, color it up as you wish and even throw cherries on the boots, as seen at House of Holland. Statement shoes are in, my friends, and you cannot go wrong with an Asian theme either, especially in a silken material as per the Gucci collection.
#28: Floral Print Shoes and Boots
And finally, we have the floral prints that end up taking over the fall/ winter 2017-2018 shoe trends as well. They are the prints of choice for the clothing showcased on all the different runways and appear to also come embroidered or printed on the fall 2017 shoes that encase the legs of the models walking down that catwalk.
Versace’s embroidery catches our attention fast, while Preen goes nuts with floral appliques on the socks as well as the print on the shoe. As for MSGM, we think those rose prints are as tasteful as a floral print on an ankle boot can be.
Photos via Vogue, Livingly