Now that we've reached the tail end of summer, the time is approaching to retire our sandals and break out our collection of boots and booties. But first things first, we need to take stock of what we have and what we need for fall. On our must-have list: a trendy pair of velvet booties, or maybe something retro-inspired.
But, as excited as we may be to pick up a little something new, the start of a fresh season also means it's time to re-evaluate our past purchases. As one trend comes in, another goes out, which means it's time for a little spring (er, fall) cleaning.
So we enlisted the help of Sara Gaspar, a data analyst for WGSN, to look into ankle boot trends over the past few months and compare them to last year. The results: There are plenty of block-heel boots to shop this season, while wedges have taken a decline. Sara also noted that styles like tasseled and velvet are spiking this year, so there's no better time than now to pick them up.
Read on to check out the numbers, then shop the coolest boots for fall!
When it comes to what's out for fall, the wedge has taken a back seat to other styles. It's share of the market decreased from 11% to 8% since last year.
A major trend this year is block-heel booties, which are currently 31% of the market, compared with last year's 16%.
Wear these with your favorite boho maxi dress.
A simple Western-inspired bootie to kick around in all fall.
Tibi's sleek take on the ankle boot is a fashion-girl favorite.
Part penny loafer, part boot, these shoes are the perfect seasonal style.
Sometimes, simple is just better, and we think these boots are proof.
If you're daring to try a patent leather style, these Mango boots are a budget-friendly, chic option.
Give the sock bootie trend a spin with these must-haves.
Embroidery is a major trend for fall, so give it a try with your footwear.
Leave it to H&M to create the coolest boots that won't break the bank.
Show off your style with these cool velvet booties.
These sophisticated boots are the perfect date-night staple.