Looking Forward: The Shoes of Fall 2012
Posted by on July 24, 2012 | 8:42 am EST

There are still plenty of summer weeks left, which means there are also more vacations to enjoy, summer styles to test, outfits to slip into and glorious shoes to wear. However, even though we’re flailing our arms wide open for the thrill of the warm weather, we can’t help but gnaw our nails away as we wait for all the new shoes arriving this Fall. Remembering the past runway presentations that showed an eclectic mix of materials, styles, heights and details, pains our sartorial spines.

While there were a lot of shoe trends to fantasize about on the Fall runways, we at Fashion Glamour trimmed it down and settled with our top five trends. As we look forward to what retailers have stocked up for Fall, we compiled our favorite pairs carrying our most favored trends that we hope have made the retailers’ fall season’ cuts. Frankly however, we couldn’t care less. They’re beautiful and drool-worthy all the same. Whether you’re just as excited for the new season or simply in need a slap of footwear inspiration, you can’t deny the beauty of these shoes.

Decorated Ankles. After summer sun exposure, designers have rightly put the attention to the ankles. Perhaps an effort to show off women’s enviable summer tans, we’re guessing. Nevertheless, designers have churned out amazing pairs that emphasize and decorate our beloved ankles. From tough-girl buckle belts to ladylike wrap-around ties, the variety was endless. Among our favorites however, were the bright wrap-around straps at Jonathan Saunders and the bejeweled straps at Nina Ricci.

New Booties. After the warm weather of spring and summer comes the chills of fall season. As such, an entirely new arsenal of booties are in order. The fall runways—from New York to London—were filled with the welcome classics and the refreshing updates. We were particularly in awe of the printed booties that models sauntered in during the Erdem fashion show, as well as the ornate patterns on the booties at Matthew Williamson’s show.

Hyped Heels. While some designers focused on giving personality to the ankles, others opted to liven up the otherwise characteristically ignored heel. From the transparent heels at Chanel to the dog-shaped heels at David Koma, designers explored every extreme to fashion fall’s most mind-boggling shoes.

Silver and Gold Metallic. After this season’s color palette traversing the nonexistent ends of the color wheel, fall has taken a more subdued approach. The arrival of gold and silver metallic ushered us into a more futuristic sartorial season, where punchy oranges and zesty yellows become anything but trendy. Of the string of fashion labels to embrace the fall’s futuristic slant, we loved the gold oxfords at Derek Lam and Peter Som’s adventurous play between transparency and metallic.

Boho Tassels. While ladylike bows were the most resounding detail on the catwalk, we at Fashion Glamour were drawn to the bohemian appeal of tassels this coming season. The unassuming cool-girl value these details bring to a pair of shoes is what draws us, as exemplified by Mulberry’s wedged booties whose tassel-ended laces deliver enough trendiness without overpowering the shoe’s design.

Photos from iMAXtree.com

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