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Fall flats: Autumn’s grounded and stylish footwear

Three faux animal skin shoes, a cheetah loafer, a black and brown snakeskin shootie, and a black and white cutout bootie.

September means Fashion Week, and right at this moment, New York City is filled with magazine editors, style icons and influencers hustling to runway shows. While the productions they’re eyeing are all about spring 2018 looks, these insiders are currently decked out in the height of fall fashion, right down to their toes.

You deserve to spend a week indulging in glamor, too, so picture yourself as a fabulous fashion editor trekking around Manhattan. Of course, we won’t tell anyone if you ditch the pumps for a more comfortable pair of fall flats. In fact, here are some chic ideas to get you started and that will work well for the rest of your fall wardrobe:

Keep it cozy with ballet flats

Fall fashion is all about being warm and comfortable, and what’s cozier than ballet flats? To add some flair, choose embellished flats with details like studs, beads or laser etching. You can also opt for a two-tone look; flats with both black and white give off a wonderful sleek vibe reminiscent of a well-tailored tuxedo.

Two flat slip-on shoes with woven fronts and a tied bow, one in gold and one in silver.

“Metallic colors are versatile enough to match any outfit.”

Explore in metallics

If your autumn plans involve spending a lot of time outside – say apple picking or walking through the changing leaves – make sure you have comfortably cute footwear to complete your outfit. Sneakers will be your best friend, but you don’t have to stick to the traditional black, white and gray options. Metallic colors like pewter or colors like camel, chestnut and amber are versatile enough to match any outfit, making them perfect for transitioning from summer to fall. Use them to get some last-minute wear out of your white women’s skinny jeans, patterned tops and other warm-weather clothes, or head straight into fall with burgundy tops and outerwear.

Two fancy faux snakeskin laced tennis shoes, one in brushed silver and black and one in brushed gold and black.

Add edge with leopard print

If you love a black ensemble, finish your outfit with a pair of leopard flats. This animal print is the perfect way to add just a touch of edge to your look. Leopard can be overwhelming if done in excess, but flats on an otherwise monochromatic outfit are a perfect last-minute detail. Wear your shoes with a simple black dress, warm black tights and a leather jacket to keep cozy as the temperature starts to dip.

You may not be in Manhattan this week, but with you can look just as chic as Anna Wintour with the perfect pair of fall flats.

A flat moccasin loafer in a cheetah print with dark brown trim.

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Mary Reese

I Like the Leopard print

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Published on Sep 16 2017

Last Updated on Nov 17 2020

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