1. Mary Janes
The classic back-to-school shoe gets a major upgrade with higher heels and details such as metal cap toes and multiple buckles. Choose from rich hues like lipstick red to forest green. Perfect for jobs and internships or even running to class, these updated classics will be your new go-to. Throw them on with tights and a dress or toughen them up with ripped jeans and a leather jacket. DSW has patent red mary janes with a practical heel height ($40) that are sure to amplify any look.
2. Ankle Boots
Ankle boots are back and more fashionable than ever. They are the perfect accent to any look and transition easily between seasons because they are shorter and more versatile than the average boot. Madewell has a great variety of ankle boots — try the barnwood boot ($198) in black suede for a cool laid-back look.
3. Sneaker Wedge
These sneakers are definitely not for running on the treadmill. The practicality of average sneakers is compromised by the three-inch wedge heel hidden in the shoe. Those sporting the look not only get the comfort of sneakers but also the height of heels. Save these shoes for weekend lunches with your friends or a quick study session at Bobst. This look is for the ambitious fashion type. Find this trendy shoe in a variety of colors, from bold to subdued, at
Steve Madden ($150).
4. Neon-soled Oxfords
Oxfords are a basic necessity in everyones wardrobe. They are lighter than sneakers but more relaxed than ballet flats. They are timeless shoes, but this fall, add a jolt of color to your neutral autumn palette with a neon sole. The soles come in a variety of florescent
colors and energize a dreary wardrobe. Try American Eagle’s classic oxford ($40) in black and bright pink for contrasting colors.
It’s all about the soles this year, as creepers are also becoming wildly popular. These thick-soled loafers increase your height while still remaining comfortable for a school day or a night out on the town. They are fashionable and
functional. Wear them to accomplish a village-grunge vibe or pair them with a feminine dress. Online retailer ASOS has a wide selection of creepers like the VIXON flatform creepers in burnt orange ($60).
A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, Sept. 19 print edition. Kendall Hill is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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