It’s an age-old trick: When you can’t figure out what to wear, pick one piece—be it clothing or an accessory—and build your outfit around that. The easiest piece to do it with when fall sets in? An amazing pair of fall shoes.
Whether you’re wearing a look full of your tried-and-true closet staple or something trendy and fun, your shoes will be the glue that holds the whole look together. The swap of a loafer for a boot or a clog for a flat completely changes the vibe every single time—and that’s a power that should be harnessed this fall.
Fall is officially bearing its beautiful head for the 2023 season, and these shoes are going to be the best things you’ve added to your closet all year long.
Flats & Mary Janes
Ballet flats are officially having a resurgence, and while they might bring back flashbacks of pairs worn out by the hallways of your middle school, your adult version can be a far cry from that. A grown-up pair in leather or suede—or with a Mary Jane buckle—will bring a French je ne sais quoi to your fall wardrobe.
If you're after a classic pair of ballet flats that will be a seamless addition to your capsule wardrobe, these are them. I personally own them, and wear them so much that I picked them up in a second color, too. What makes them so special (beyond their buttery-soft leather) is that the vamp (the amount of fabric over the toe area) is a bit longer, which makes them feel a bit more elevated to me. Trust me: These will be your most-worn pair of shoes this fall.
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By this point, loafers are truly a closet staple. But in 2023, there are countless options to choose from to ensure you have the perfect pair for your closet. To go a bit edgier, opt for a chunky version; if your style is more classic, a menswear-inspired, flat pair is perfect for you. Can’t decide? Opt for a pair in a fun color or pattern to add a pop to whatever you pair them with.
Chunky loafers have a bad reputation for causing blisters and rubbing, but this perfect pair is as comfortable a shoe as you'll ever find. They're the perfect amount of chunky that leaves them looking elevated, not heavy. You'll thank yourself for adding these to your shoe arsenal this season.
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If you’re a sneaker girl, there’s no reason to reserve yours for spring and summer. Opt for a trendy pair of vintage-feeling New Balances or a trendy pair of Gazelles for a pair of sneakers you can wear on repeat all season. If you’re looking to add a pair to your capsule wardrobe, a white leather pair (that’ll pair perfectly with black denim and your trench coat) is your best bet.
A coworker recently asked me if cowboy boots were here to stay for the fall 2023 season, and the answer is a resounding “yes.” In my opinion, cowboy boots are the new little black boot; they can be paired with every single one of your fall looks (and make them all that much better). These are some of our editors tried-and-true favorites.
I've personally owned this pair of cowboy boots for over a year now, and they're by far one of my most-worn pairs of shoes, period. They are, in my opinion—the absolute perfect cowboy boots. They're not too high, which makes them feel wearable all year round, and the quality of them is absolutely unmatched. I love them so much that I've never even batted an eye at another pair—which as a fashion editor, is saying something.
Boots and Booties
What would fall be without an arsenal of boots to wear on repeat? Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect, versatile black bootie or a more statement pair of lug-sole boots, it’s worth adding a pair you love to your lineup.
It's rare that a pair of booties stops me in my tracks, but these truly did. Their kitten-heel design makes them the perfect shoe to dress up or down depending on the day (imagine with them with a maxi dress or long skirt), but will remain totally walkable. Plus, they come in three shades of Madewell's beautiful leather.
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This post is sponsored by Tecovas, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.