The big change from summer into fall is notorious in the fashion industry — it’s no wonder that September issues are the celebrities of the fashion magazine crowd.
For the consumer world, the transition marks a wardrobe revamp of tremendous proportions: Back-to-school shopping chaos ensues, summer stock is rapidly exchanged for cozy knits and tailored outerwear — between the frenzied sales and the new season arriving in stores, it’s understandable that shoppers can get a little confused. It’s always hard to figure out what to buy at a time when summer collections come at an irresistible price and the weather is still too warm to convince you to splurge on cashmere sweaters. Well, we’re here to help!
Shoes are always a necessity, and if you find the right ones, they can really be season-less. We’ve scoured the web for 15 pairs of amazing shoes that will work for the last weeks of warm weather as well as the cooler climate that autumn will bring. Plus, they’re all under $300 — that’s what we call savvy shopping!
Click through the gallery and let us know what’s on your wishlist for the big seasonal shift.
Click through the slideshow to see our 15 footwear picks for the summer-to-fall transition!
A ladylike pair that will meet the needs of every formal occasion and business lunch, whether it be summer or fall.
ASOS PRIOR Pointed High Heels, $66 at ASOS.
New baroque fashion is one of Fall 2012's chicest trends, and brocade shoes is an easy way to try out the trend. These slingbacks will look stunning with summery dresses or dark skinny jeans.
MISSY Floral Slingback Shoes, $56 at Topshop.
Espadrilles are an integral part of summer. Carry them over into fall with this blue leather version, which amp up the sophistication for a brisker season.
Zespa Flat Espadrilles, $92.50 at Shopbop.
Cap toes are huge for Fall! Most versions favor two contrasting colors, but Topshop's design uses navy throughout to create a subtler statement that's also easier to wear.
GABBI Toecap Pointed Courts, $100 at Topshop.
Tangerine Tango was the Color of the Year 2012, and Fall is the last chance to experiment with the hue. Patent Repetto flats are the epitome of simple chic, and in the orange shade they'll pop against any outfit.
Repetto BB patent-leather ballet flats, $270 at net-a-porter.com
Chunky heels will ground a flowy, late-summer ensemble and add an earthy dose of structure to Fall's tailored pieces. We love the juxtaposition of bronze, silver and brown on this Sam Edelman design.
Sam Edelman Yelena High Heel Sandals, $70 at Shopbop.
Another version of the cap-toe trend, this time with two complementary berry shades. The rich coloring will be a refreshing addition to a neutral Fall wardrobe.
Belle Sigerson Morrison Vadette Skimmer, $195 at bellenyc.com
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Tough studded shoes will serve as a contrasting element to feminine summer dresses and the womanly sophistication of Fall 2012's tailored separates.
Steven by Steve Madden Carsenn Sandal, $169 at Piperlime.
The growing fanbase of smoking slippers will reach its pinnacle for Fall 2012, with pairs like this Joie design incorporating bohemian prints in autumnal color palettes.
Joie Day Dreaming Flat, $175 at Piperlime.
This JW Anderson pump for Aldo's RISE collection offers avant-garde chic for a steal! The busy details will add edge to a little black dress from summer until fall.
Aldo RISE Weatherbee, $77.50 at Aldo.
Leopard and its neutral palette make it a surprising neutral for your closet. A pair of comfy ballet flats decorated with the pattern can dress up summer's denim shorts and your favorite jeans for fall.
Yosi Samra Leopard Elastic Top Line Ballet Flats, $66 at Shopbop.
Metallics are having a moment in the spotlight. This menswear-inspired pair is versatile enough to enliven summer florals and sharp blazers for fall.
KORS Michael Kors Corfield, $250 at Zappos.
The rich burgundy suede of this DVF pair is well-suited towards fall climate, but they can even add sophistication to summer's leggiest outfits. Plus, they're a steal!
Diane von Furstenberg Rebel suede sandals, $156.75 at The Outnet.
Every girl needs a go-to casual shoe, and these tribal print Keds combine the comfort of the classic sneaker and Madewell's preppy, feminine chic. Equally suited for relaxing summer days and windy autumn breezes.
Keds for Madewell Geo Sneakers, $62 at Madewell.
Strappy wedges are a great shoe to have on-hand for summer, but these will fare well with black or maroon tights when the temperature drops.
Opening Ceremony Strappy Wedge Sandals, $152 at Opening Ceremony.