Although we are still in summer, it can not be denied that the nights are now drawing in and there is more of a chill in the air. Autumn is most definitely on its way. As usual, though, fashion gives us a reason to celebrate the changing of the seasons, because with the coming of Autumn, comes Autumn shoe shopping!
Yes, it`s time to turn your thoughts away from Summer styles, say goodbye to the flip flop and put your sandals away. Now is the time to concentrate on Autumn footwear. So, what are the things we need to consider when planning those essential Autumn shoe purchases?
There are several trends that will be coming around for the new season. Firstly, the 1970s is going nowhere. So huge this Summer, the 1970s retro trend will continue into Autumn, slightly evolved.
Instead that 'all American girl' feeling, think preppy and bohemian trends. For shoes, this means that chunky platforms will be everywhere. Don't be afraid to still buy strappy shoes as long as they have some weight to them. They will look great teamed with thick tights or coloured socks to keep your feet cosy as the weather gets colder. Also a huge part of the 1970s preppy trend is the high heeled loafer. Look for a chunky block heel and embellishments to the toe such as tassels and beads.
If the 1970s isn't your thing then perhaps take a look at Winter florals. Shoes will step away from the plain leather that we usually see this time of year and be available in bold floral prints and textured fabrics. Think velvets, brocades, damasks and furnishing fabric style floral prints in deep Autumnal colours.
Looking for warmth? You wont be disappointed with the Autumn shoe selection, then. Shearling and sheepskin styles are all around. These aren't just the sloppy, flat, comfy sheepskin boots that we are used to, but also more formal styles. Think high heeled stiletto boots, formal court styles and shoe boots with block heels. There will also be a lot of fake fur embellishments around, giving a similar cosy feel to Autumn footwear this year.
As far as colour pallets are concerned, the colours for this Autumn are strong. Berry colours are huge with all shades from purple to fuschia to deep pinks and maroon reds.
To harmonise with this there will be a lot of warm, earthy shades. Look out for mustard yellow, burnt orange, teal, rust, pine green and terracotta. These sumptuous colours are perfect teamed with any of the other trends in Autumn shoes
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