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Look down at your feet. How many thousands have you walked in those shoes? I’m wearing my favorite pair of penny loafers and I’ve honestly lost track of their mileage because wherever I go, they go. The winter fashion season lingers on the horizon with a new trend forecast – if you’re going to pay attention to a ‘what to buy this season’ article, let it be one (this one!) on 2022 footwear trends. You may not wear the same outfit several times a week, but I bet your shoes will come back.
Shoe trends are often more subtle than clothing trends, which means they can remain relevant in your wardrobe for a longer period of time. This season’s trends play on classic styles (like the aforementioned loafers) and bring back silhouettes you may have considered lost to the archives—or just the back of your closet.
From Adidas Samba soccer cleats to ballet flats, footwear is experiencing a resurgence in the early 2000s. While the shoes may be frighteningly similar to what you wore in middle school, the way they are styled has been completely reinvented. Channel your inner Matilda Djerf and get ready to embrace the new take on old classics.
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Loafers are a trend that I hope will never go out of style. They look incredible with any aesthetic and automatically add a sense of sophistication to a look. If you bought loafers last year, keep wearing them! If you’re interested in adding another pair to your collection or are a first-time loafer buyer, consider a more classic pair. Penny loafers (the kind your dad probably wears) are this season’s iteration of the trend and celebs like Emma Chamberlain can’t get enough of the look.
Icon Leather Loafers
this couple green loafers from PEDRO are gorgeous and so unique! The silhouette is classic but the soft green shade gives them a little twist – plus they’re neutral enough that they’ll still go with everything you wear. Plus, if you shop online, you can get 15 percent off your first purchase with the code NEWPEDRO15.
Alex Penny Loafer
Wear this couple of black penny loafers with white crew socks and a mini skirt as a fall uniform. I can also personally attest that Vagabond loafers are comfortable (I’m wearing mine right now).
Get a shoe that can do both – from the soccer field to the city streets, true athletic shoes are running laps around the footwear competition this fall. Celebrities like Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber have kicked off fall’s sporty style with repeated outings in Adidas Samba sneakers (originally intended for indoor soccer) and Salomon running shoes. The trend favors a sleeker silhouette (say goodbye to the chunky dad sneakers of yesteryear) making them easy to style with non-athletic outfits. Grab a slip dress, mini skirt or a pair of cargo pants and score some major fashion points.
Samba classic indoor soccer shoes
This pair of Samba shoes is the original style that comes in black or white. The shoe is technically part of the men’s line so be sure to double check the conversion to your size.
XT-6 unisex sports shoe
If you were to take a trip to Copenhagen or Amsterdam, you would see every fashionista wearing Salomon sneakers. The trend is growing in the US (especially in New York City) and this sneaker continues to sell out instantly!
Love them or hate them, platform shoes are one of fall’s biggest (and loudest!) footwear trends. Clogs started popping up on my Instagram feed last spring and continued subtly into summer – you’ve probably seen the Birkenstock boston clogs on everyone’s feet. In the fall, clogs get a formal upgrade to a platform version. They look great with crew length or high socks, pantyhose or bare feet and are in the space between a heel and a loafer. Basically, it’s the perfect comfortable and fashionable shoe to wear to the office.
this couple of suede clogs from Coach have the classic wooden heel but are made more modern with the studs and leather logo strap.
Studded clogs with strong heels
If you like a grungier atmosphere, this couple of leather shoes from Zara is a good choice.
Pull out those middle school ballet flats from the back of your closet and do a little twirl because ballet flats are back, baby! I’ve had enough time to process the return of this trend to be excited about it, but I understand if this trend comes as bad news—it’s hard to erase the ballet flat and skinny jean combo from your memories (or 2008’s Facebook -profile picture). Ballet flats are stepping in as an alternative to loafers this season (which are still cool!) as part of the Balletcore aesthetic. It’s girly, playful, comfortable and worth a try.
Bow Trim Leather Ballet Flats
Silver ballet flats and an LBD is the new go-to outfit combo. No question.
The Square Wrap
I love the tie details on this couple of mesh ballet flats.
The fall version of your strappy summer kitten heel has arrived. Enter: the kitten with heels. Balenciaga released Le Cagole version of the style last season and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Balenciaga boots retail for over $1,500 but thankfully there are plenty of more affordable versions on the market. This style looks great with maxi dresses and skirts or showing off the small heel and pointed toe.
White boots are unexpected to fall (in a good way!). This pair also comes in brown and black if you prefer more traditional fall tones.
STAUD is a good brand for high-quality garments that are a mix of trendy and timeless. This ultra cool pair of heeled boots They are on the more expensive side but you are guaranteed to love them for life.