This fall, textures in shoes like leather, suede, and reptile patterns dominate the top designer collections all over the runways. By adding structural elements like buckles, laces, and sculptured heels, there is nothing boring about footwear this season.
Here is a look at the hottest trends this year for the boot season.
The Most Popular Boot Lengths
The Mid-Calf Boot
One of the absolute top trends this year is the mid-calf boot. It's the right length if you're looking for something higher than an ankle boot but not as high as a knee-length.
A popular style among designers, this is probably the most versatile boot size that you can adapt to a number of different occasions. You can wear them seamlessly with skinny jeans for a casual weekend look, or pair them with an above-the-knee dress for the office.
The Ankle Boot
This year, most of the collections showed their version of the ankle boot. Mixing textures and patterns, with stilettos or chunky heels, plain or decorated, ankle boots are quickly becoming the hit sensation of the season.
To stay up-to-date with the trends this year, match the neutral color of your ankle boots to what you're wearing for a classic look, like the Soda Women's Agenda Platform model. To push the limits a bit further, choose a model with dual textures and tones, too.
The Knee-Length Boot
In general, knee-length boots hit the runways in all their colorful, ruffled, sculptured glory this season. In real life, there is no need to be so theatrical. There are other ways to get the attention.
With the comfort of doubling as an extra layer in the colder months, the knee-length boot is a staple item. Usually, it's said that this type of boot fits taller women best, but they can be used by women of all shapes and sizes. Simply learn how to dress for your body type and height.
The Off-the-Runway Looks and Styles
The Return of the Western Look
Western-style boots are not a thing of the past yet, and they're making a comeback this season. Although they were seen all over the runways with some variations, the Ariat Women's Heritage Brown model remains a classic comfortable option and just as stylish with the thick heels, the familiar stitching, and the pointy toe.
The Trendy Masculine Look
Although a mini-trend in shoes, this androgynous style is going to be a top trend in clothing this season. In footwear, this style really pops in laced-up boots, with rounded pointy toes, and a thicker sole, combining the masculine with the feminine. It's a style you can easily dress down from office attire to casual weekend.
Boots with Buckles
Large or small, buckles on footwear are a top trend for the Fall of 2016. The metallic element, in tones of gold or silver, was used by designers to add structure and detail to boots in all lengths.
Check this trend available in our store: the Earth Origins Women's Paula Low Boot model adds balance with the modern touch of the trendy buckles.
The Laced-Up Models
Feminine and chic, laced-up boots are here to stay as an overall fall trend in 2016. These boots are all about feminine grace and versatility, especially if you choose an ankle length model. It transitions from office wear to night out seamlessly, without compromising on elegance.
This season's trend in heels has them coming in three versions: chunky, wooden, and square. They are surprisingly feminine and, really, a tribute to women who are not as much into vertiginous high heels. It seems that this season's motto is more about being inclusive of all preferences, showing plenty of stylish options for all, rather than plain trend-setting.
Although these three types of heels on all kinds of shoes might not appeal to every woman, they work very well in boots.
The Must-Have Textures and Patterns
When it comes to textures and patterns, leather is the top shoe trend of the 2016 Fall. Designers love it, and so do we. Coming in all shapes, colors, and sizes, leather boots remain a season classic and a must-have.
Suede boots are a favorite this season, mostly in the laced-up models. The colors of choice have been, usually, classic and timeless beige and camel. This texture adds a soft and feminine touch, especially if you use them with a masculine look.
Since this season prints and textures seem to be in the spotlight, reptile prints don't seem like a style choice bolder than usual.
Snake and lizard are the reptile skins of choice, with a close-to-natural look or just some added color with dark and rich tones.