Fall Shoe Trends: What to Wear This Season

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Despite 70 degree weather this week, it’s time to say goodbye to our sandals, but in their place we get boots and suede and terrific closed-toe heels. It’s a good time of year to be a shoe lover.

What’s in and what’s out?  With so many trends it’s tough to keep up, but the fashionistas we asked say the direction this year is toward casual (think boots) comfort (yay, flats!).

“Going with the trend of being casual, is fine but make that casual trend put together, not just to throw on shirt and jeans. Take your time to layer and look very put together, yet still casual,” says Emilie Blaze, owner of The Little Shoebox in Ruxton.  Her shop is one of the few women’s shoe stores in Baltimore, and her young and stylish clientele rely on her to carry the latest.
We asked Emilie her top shoe trends for fall and winter 2015:

Fringe Behavior

Fringed accessories are huge this season, says Blaze. “It’s a really kicky, fun trend that I love.”

Freelance Photo by Chiaki Kawajiri
Photo by Chiaki Kawajiri

She’s especially a fan of how flexible the trend is. You don’t have to go crazy with fringe to make it work – but if you want to, you can. “You can do a lot or a little,” she enthuses. “Have the bag with fringe all over, or the bag with a little tassel. The short bootie with lots of fringe or the high heel with more demure fringe and not as much movement.”

Give ‘Em the Boot

Keep fall and winter boots in your wardrobes this year.

BALTIMORE, MD--2015/11/04--"cowboy boots" at The Little Shoebox. Freelance Photo by Chiaki Kawajiri
Photo by Chiaki Kawajiri

From cowboys boots with beautiful embellishments to thigh high and booties, the boot trend continues its hold as a fall fashion staple.

In the Middle

Mid-heel pumps with pointed toes are a trend that’s both stylish and practical. “A lot of designers have gone to it because of complaints about higher heels,” Blaze explains, saying that the style is especially attractive to working women who are uncomfortable wearing higher heels all day long.

Photo by Chiaki Kawajiri
Photo by Chiaki Kawajiri

“They look good with pants, jeans, skirts and dresses,” she says, noting that the smaller heels flatter the leg.

Of course, higher heels never go out of fashion, especially for young women. This season’s hottest high heels are single soled – thick platforms, she says, are on the way out.

Wine About It

Both in the glass and on the feet, wine is everything this season. “The color trend of wine or aubergine is a huge influence,” says Blaze. “You’ll see that mixed with a lot of navy clothing. Aubergine is really big in shoes and boots.”

Photo by Chiaki Kawajiri
Photo by Chiaki Kawajiri
Whichever look you like best, wear it with confidence, says Blaze. “The world walking by does judge a book by its cover, and you want that cover to say yes, I took time to get dressed today. It will make you feel like you can do anything!”


All shoes available at The Little Shoebox, located at 7625 Bellona Avenue in Ruxton. For more information, call 410-825-3191 or visit The Little Shoebox Facebook page. Be sure to “like” it on Facebook!

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