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Although the runways from Fall/Winter 2020 fashion month have long since ended, the real fun is just beginning. Now that every designer has shown their upcoming collections to the world, we have all the information we need to shop the gorgeous trends hitting all your favorite retailers and some of the most popular shoe brands right now. The fall and winter 2020 shoe trends are especially iconic—and seriously perfect for anyone who loves a fashion statement piece. BRB, clearing out some room in my closet. I suggest you do the same, because these trends are too good.
While monochromatic looks and minimalist outfits have been dominating the style world recently, the fall and winter 2020 shoe trends are going in a different direction. Of course, some of these styles can be made into more minimalistic looks—but at their core, the upcoming shoe trends are majorly statement-making. That means you can amp up already maximalist and trendy ensembles or let your shoes stand out against a cool minimalist outfit. The choice is yours!
From the continuation of the 2020 platform shoe trend to the return of the moccasin (I know, right?! Who would have guessed?) these shoe trends are ready to up your style game this coming fall and winter. Whether you like your outfit with patterns and bling—or prefer your shoes to be the only part of your look with bold details, the fall and winter 2020 shoe trends are here to give you ample street style inspiration.
From work to bougie fall and winter parties, your shoes can make or break an outfit. But by paying close attention to these shoe trends, you’re one step closer to achieving sartorial excellence all season long.
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1. Buckle Up
If there’s just one thing you take away from this shoe trend round-up, it’s that buckles are big for fall and winter. Whether it’s on loafers, heels or boots, you can expect to see buckles on buckles this coming season. Big or small—It doesn’t even matter. I hope you’re good with your fingers (Keep your mind out of the gutter, thanks!) because according to both the Chloe and Simone Rocha FW 2020 runways, the buckle trend is about to be everywhere.
Go big or go home, folks. This fall, try a chunky and buckle-adorned combat boot for a seriously edgy look.
Or, you can always add a fall-ready tortoise print to the mix. These find. Buckle Block Heel Sandals are made so perfect for autumn with the addition of a chunky buckle detail. So! Cute!
2. Ruche Hour
I’m calling it the scrunchie-inspired strap. In other words, ruching is on-trend for fall and winter 2020, thanks to Christian Siriano and Off-White’s FW 2020 runway shows. This little detail can take your average strappy heels to an entirely new level. It’s a little bigger, bolder and, frankly, more fun than your typical heel, and you better believe I’ll be sporting it all fall and winter long.
The ruched shoe trend doesn’t have to be complicated! Try a pair of black kitten heels with a ruching detail for an easy fall look.
Until the temperatures get too cold, you can definitely rock this pair of STAUD Ruched Slides. They’re perfect for a casual look that’s still trendy AF.
3. Slip Into Something More Comfortable
If you’re someone who wishes they could live in their slippers all fall and winter, you’ll be delighted to know that slipper-inspired shoes were all over Fashion Week—everywhere from the JW Anderson FW 2020 show to the Ashley Williams runway. Your toes are sure to stay extra warm in these fuzzy shoes while you traipse around the office. And if anyone tries to second guess your shoe choice, you can simply point to both the JW Anderson and Ashley Williams Fall/Winter 2020 collections for proof this slipper trend is the real deal.
If you want to test the waters on the slipper shoe trend, these TOMS Faux Shearling slip-on shoes are a great pick. They’re just fuzzy enough to count as the slipper trend, but versatile enough to pair with you fave outfits.
Of course, if you want to lean all the way in, try these A New Day Faux Fur Mules. They’re the statement shoe you need this season—and seriously cozy.
4. Boot Jewelry
Big, bling-y and statement-making details are one of the season’s biggest shoe trends—as seen on the Fall/Winter 2020 runways of designers like Celine and Loewe. These pops of glam can turn your average black booties into something truly marvelous. In particular, we’re seeing bold gold chains and anklets on all our favorite fall booties. Don’t shy away from the bling!
These Jeffrey Campbell Emrys Boots are the perfect example of how a little gold chain accent can elevate your shoe game to the next level. A classic with a twist? Yes, please.
As an alternative, try the Steve Madden Jezebel Black booties. The gold buckle chain detail on these shoes is a bit bolder and edgier—and definitely just as cute.
5. Powerful Platforms
Just like spring and summer 2020, platform shoes are trending for fall and winter. Every iteration of these trend was seen on the runways—from Dries van Noten to Arthur Arbesser—so you can be rest-assured that the entire year will be filled with these tall-as-fuck beauties. All my shorties out there, now is our time to shine. (And my tall friends, too! You’re never too tall to wear a chic heel.)
Turn your sandal situation into a look that’s totally fall-ready. These platform Dr. Martens Slide Sandals are perfect for autumn days when it’s not too cold.
These Dolce Vita Huey Booties are are the edgy fall must-have for all your street style outfits. Going out or staying in, you can’t beat these beauts.
6. Look Who’s Back (Hint: It’s The Moccasin)
Well, I never would have guessed it, but according to Fashion Week shoes like Loewe’s and Palm Angels’, it looks like the moccasin is back. I can still remember their popularity at least 10 years ago, and it seems we’ve come full circle. You’ll likely see unexpected takes on the classic moccasin for fall and winter 2020, like animal prints or bold colors. If this trend is coming back, let’s at least have a little fun with it.
Treat yourself to a cool white moccasin this fall (Yes, you can wear white after Labor Day!) and watch the compliments pour in.
Alternatively, lean all the way into the trend and go for a classic fringe boot moccasin . It feels like a slipper, but looks cute paired with leggings and your favorite oversized sweater.
A version of this article was originally published on March 3, 2020.