These Are the 8 Biggest Fall 2021 Shoe Trends, Period


This season, we're already seeing a number of fall 2021 shoe trends gain momentum. Sure, there are plenty that we could have predicted from the F/W 21 runway shows, but I always find it interesting to see which ones actually garner popularity among the fashion set. Looking to celebs, Instagram, and the street style scene, it's already clear which shoe trends are the must-own pieces for the season ahead.

Styles like clogs, basketball sneakers, and saturated shades have already landed among the front-runners, while chunky knee-high boots are the popular style from 2020 that is proving to be just as in demand a year later. Ahead, see the eight fall shoe trends to know about in 2021 that I predict will be huge for the months ahead. They already have the stamp of approval from fashion people, so now is the time to add them to your new-season wardrobe.


Turns out the biggest boot trend of 2020 is also one of the biggest boot trends of 2021. If you didn't invest in chunky knee-high boots last year, they're still cooler than ever.

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Recently, I've been more into sneakers than usual, and I'll attribute it to my everyday wardrobe that revolves around comfortable shoes. My latest obsession? The basketball sneakers I've been loving that are suddenly everywhere on the fashion scene.

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I didn't think I was a clog person, but I honestly can't stop thinking about them now. From studded leather versions to rubber styles, there are so many takes on the shoes worth adding to your fall wardrobe.

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Want to add a bit of fun to your closet? Saturated shades are a great place to start, in my opinion. Even if you tend to stick to neutrals like I do, they can add a little pop of color, no matter what you're wearing.

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Sure, loafers are a key fall staple, but do yourself a favor by getting a chunky pair. Another holdover style from last season, these are carving themselves out as a new classic.

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Can we talk about the second-skin-boot trend for a minute? Sure, they came around several seasons back, but now, they feel fresher than ever.

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Platforms were all over the F/W 21 runways, and you can't go wrong whether you opt for a boot or heel version. Whatever you do, get them in your closet.

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Cowboy boots have returned. While they're a trend I sometimes press pause on, I've recently been inspired by all of the cool ways insiders are styling them that make them fit seamlessly into any wardrobe.

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Next: The 12 Editor-Approved Trends I'm Wearing Until Further Notice

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.