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.
This isn’t a hack that’s meant for your tried-and-true black booties or the white sneakers that aren’t so white anymore. Building an entire outfit around a pair of shoes means they need to be statement-making, eye-catching, and a whole look by themselves.
With no shortage of incredible shoe trends, fall 2021 is the time to let your shoes do both the talking and walking, and our favorite place to find them is at DSW. With the very best prices on the hottest shoes and a VIP program that means we earn points with every dollar we spend (and free shipping on every single order, no exceptions), plus perks like getting 20% off your first purchase, DSW is the first place we stop when we’re looking for our new favorite fall shoes.
Fall is officially bearing its beautiful head for the fall 2021 season, and these shoes are going to be the best things you’ve added to your closet all year long.
1. Lug-sole Chelsea boots
Everyone has a Chelsea boot or two in their wardrobe, but chunky, lug-sole ones are the shoe of fall 2021, and it isn’t hard to understand why. They give a utilitarian feel that cools up any outfit and are still comfortable. They were seen constantly in streetwear pictures of September’s fashion weeks, and next up, they’ll be spotted on you.
The limit on the number of loafers you can have in your closet simply does not exist, as they stand the test of time and can accompany just about any look. As with anything, the shapes and silhouettes of the it-loafer change with the winds, and 2021’s version has a chunky feel with a thicker sole. The result is a preppy-feeling, statement-making take on a classic that we want to wear every time we leave the house.
3. Knee-high boots
Knee-high boots have taken over the shoe scene as the elegant, elevating shoe of the year. No matter what you wear them with, they elongate the leg and make you feel like a million bucks. Our favorite way to wear them? With a dress that hits a few inches above where the boot starts, so you get a peek of skin but can still stay warm. Bonus points for pairing it with an on-trend sweater vest dress and a white button-down underneath.
4. Weatherproof boots
Some trends have to be practical, and waterproof, weatherproof boots are at the top of that list. When the forecast has any type of precipitation in it (which unfortunately is pretty often in the fall), it isn’t worth ruining your favorite boots. Keep a pair of rain or snow boots in your wardrobe to break out whenever you need to stay dry and cozy but also want to look chic. You’ll pat yourself on the back every time you reach for them.
5. Western boots
This trend is one that’s dividing at its core: Some will praise the fashion powers that put Western boots in style, while others will promptly turn their nose up. But whichever crowd you fall into, Western boots are shockingly versatile in what you can wear them with. Whether you pair them with a dress for a relaxed, effortless look or a blazer and jeans for one that’s a bit more elevated, they’re the perfect addition to any fall wardrobe and will be at the center of your boot rotation.
This post is sponsored by DSW, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.