Splurge vs. Save: This Season’s Hottest Shoe Trends
From throwback loafers and mules to so-modern-they-might-be-futuristic transparent and sock booties, we’re loving so many of this season’s drool-worthy shoe trends. But just because these trending shoes are strutting around on Yeezy, Coach, Gucci, and other luxury designer runways doesn’t mean that you can’t rock the styles on your tight budget. Check out our picks for designer and designer-dupe footwear that match these biggest fall 2017 shoe trends.
Splurge: Fur-Lined Mules, $995
If there was ever a splurge-worthy fall shoe, it’s Gucci’s furry, leather mule. Loafers and mules completely dominated fall 2017 shoe trends, and the classic style shows no signs of slowing down. So if you’re willing to splurge, these would be a style to invest in. Gucci’s Italian-made, lamb-fur-lined backless loafers will probably go down in the fashion history book as one of the most popular, celebrity-style shoes of the year… but we don’t all have an entire paycheck to drop for them.
To buy: Gucci Princetown Leather Mules, Farfetch, $995
Save: Fur-Lined Mules, $89
Praise hands to Steve Madden for its nearly mirror image of Gucci’s iconic loafer. For less than $100, you can rock the trendiest shoe of 2017 on a budget. The JILL style trades in lamb fur for faux fur, which we love, and they’re still super cozy and comfortable. We’re going to need these loafers in every color, STAT.
To buy: Steve Madden JILL Black Leather Faux Fur Loafer Slides, Macys, $89
Splurge: Combat Boots, $1,140
These drool-worthy Marsèll combat boots are the epitome of badass chic. Designed with a soft, washed green leather and suede, they look like you’ve been wearing them your whole life—in the best way. Wear them with distressed jeans and your leather to go full-throttle, or juxtapose them with a midi skirt and sweater for an edge. Better save up those pennies because a style this cool will take some extra cash, but with all the compliments you’ll get when you wear them everywhere, they could be worth it.
To buy: Marsèll Army Boots, Farfetch, $1,140
Save: Combat Boots, $219.95
Feel good about buying NAOT shoes, because each and every pair are handmade in Northern Israel as a joint effort between Israelis and Palestinians, and the company donates thousands of pairs to people in need every year. Plus, they’re insanely comfortable, designed to walk all day across difficult climates and landscapes—so they can definitely handle your morning latte run and day at the office. NAOT Kona Army Boots are crazy stylish, and they’re made for a woman on the go, using a zipper so you don’t always have to tie up those trendy laces. It’s just icing on the cake that these boots are so affordable.
To buy: NAOT Kona Boots, Schuler Shoes, $219.95
Splurge: Floral Jacquard Booties, $825
Florals for fall? Now that’s revolutionary. Floral Jacquard booties are all the rage, and we’re loving the autumnal colors on these Aquazzura Brooklyn 85 pair. Jazz up a plain black work dress or take them to weekend brunch with skinnies and your cardigan—they’re surprisingly versatile for such a bold, statement-making shoe. And that’s good news, because it means they’re worth the pricetag.
To buy: Aquazzura Brooklyn 85 Jacquard Ankle Boots, Barney's New York, $825
Save: Floral Jacquard Booties, $79
Slay this trend for less than $100 with this pair of floral jacquard booties from Urban Outfitters. We’re in love with their muted colors, which are perfectly moody for fall and into winter, and their vintage style will look so chic paired with a more modern outfit. Just like the splurge-worthy pair, you can wear these boots anywhere—and will definitely want to.
To buy: Emma Floral Jacquard Ankle Boot, Urban Outfitters, $79
Splurge: Edgy Ballet Flats, $890
Your sweet, pretty pair of ballet shoes got a badass upgrade this year, and there’s no pair more iconic that Miu Miu’s leather and shearling ballet flats. They’re so comfortable and warm and they add a rock-and-roll edge to any outfit this season. Pair the flats with your ripped jeans, duh, but consider also rocking these shoes with your sweetest dress for a statement. Bonus points if the dress is ballet pink.
To buy: Miu Miu Leather and Shearling Ballet Flats, Saks Fifth Avenue, $890
Save: Edgy Ballet Flats, $49.99
OK so maybe they aren’t shearling-lined, but these edgy ballet flats are so, so similar to Miu Miu’s famous pair and they are a fraction of a fraction of the price. Love! These shoes are so versatile, you’ll throw them on to head to the store, to brunch, or to work. Plus, they’re so affordable you’re going to need them in all four colors!
To buy: Wanted Savannah Two-Strap Ballet Flats, Macys, $49.99
Splurge: Sock Boots, $995
The Kardashian-Jenners and basically every street style star are wearing the sock boot trend this year. You absolutely cannot go wrong with these bold red Balenciaga pair that will have all your friends begging to borrow them. These sock boots have a dagger-like exaggerated pointed toe that is for statement-making ladies, only. Pair them with dark skinnies for a date-night look that will have way more heads turning that just your BF’s.
To buy: Balenciaga Stretch-Jersey Sock Boots, Net-a-Porter, $995
Save: Sock Boots, $59.99
We’re seeing double! H&M’s pair of sock booties is twinning with Balenciaga’s pair! The latter’s uber-hot stiletto switches for H&M’s kitten heel—so the budget pair is more everyday wearable. These sock-style pumps are perfect to try the red monochromatic look this season, and you’ll look like a huge street style star on a budget.
To try: Sock-Style Pumps, H&M, $59.99
Splurge: Transparent Boots, $991
Clearly transparent fashion is a huge 2017 trend, with designers like Coach sending see-through clothes down the runway. If you're 100 percent on board with this trend, of course you have to splurge on these newly iconic Yeezy boots. You've seen all the Kardashians and Jenners sporting these and looking so chic and modern, and owning a pair is practically a street style star status symbol. Show off patterned or fishnet tights or just have legs for days in this style.
To buy: Yeezy Thigh-High Boots, KM20, $991
Save: Transparent Boots, $185
If you want to test out the transparent trend, save with these more budget-friendly, toned-down clear boots. Keep it in the family with these Kendall and Kylie boots that trade in the OTK style for a bootie and full transparency for clear, lucite panels and a silver back and toe cap. Believe us, you'll still be making a major statement in this trending shoes, and they're a perfect opportunity to show off some of your fun socks this fall and winter.
To buy: KENDALL and KYLIE Women's Haven Metallic Leather and Lucite Sheer Booties, Bloomingdales, $185
Splurge: Velvet Loafers, $595
All. Velvet. Everything! It's not just fall 2017 shoe trends, but all fashion trends this year to drape yourself in velvet across the board. Keep it classic in a buckled loafer, but have a little pop of jewel tones with these TOD's Double T Loafers. We adore the menswear feel, which is also uber trendy, so you can play into that vibe with suiting for work (or play!) or go super feminine for a fun juxtaposition.
To buy: TOD's Double T Loafers, Nordstrom, $595
Save: Velvet Loafers, $119.95
We have grabby hands for Sam Edelman's crazy comfortable and budget-friendly velvet loafers. Slightly brighter in color than their splurge-worthy TOD's counterpart, these shoes mix modern colors and trends with the most classic silhouette. These are truly a find: Sam Edelman, uber trendy shoes for less than $120? Just take our credit card now.
To buy: Sam Edelman Lior Loafer, Nordstrom, $119.95
Splurge: Over-The-Knee Boots, $1,695
Over-the-knee boots aren't going away any time soon as one of the biggest shoe trends. We adore them for fall because they allow us to transition some of our mini and knee-length dresses and skirts into the cooler months while still keeping our legs covered and cozy. Our jaws are dropping at these stunning, crushed velvet, over-the-knee boots from Jimmy Choo—combining the season's trendiest fabric with the trendiest silhouette. Pair these show-stoppers with a split-front skirt, leather shorts, or a glittery mini dress, depending on where you're heading, but you can't really go wrong when you're strutting in these boots.
To buy: Jimmy Choo Lorraine 100 Velvet Over The Knee Boots, MyTheresa, $1,695
Save: Over-The-Knee Boots, $99.90
Zara is killing the boot game this season, and these velvet over-the-knee boots are just Exhibit A. Trading in the black crushed velvet for a silky aubergine velvet, these boots totally slay. Zara pairs the OTK boots with a drool-worthy floral midi dress, but they can work with any LBD for a night out. We might even argue that plum is the new black.
To buy: Velvet Over the Knee High Heel Boots, Zara, $99.90