Fall's Best Shoe Trends, Rated by a Buying Director

When it comes to prepping your wardrobe for fall and an influx of brand-new trends, shoes are a great place to start. The reason they’re at the top of many shopping lists is their ability to ground transitional looks seamlessly to the next season. While you may not want to abandon your summer dresses quite yet, the stealthy addition of a cool new pair of boots allows your look to tap into the next season’s trends. Another reason fashion girls adopt shoes early in the season? Their cultish appeal.

To investigate the buzziest shoe trends for fall, I asked Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director at Net-a-Porter, to weigh in. As someone on the frontlines of luxury fashion, she has a hand in identifying key pieces for the season that we’ll want in our wardrobes and the brands designing the most exciting pieces. Yes, these are the pieces you’ll be spotting on fashion girls very soon from Instagram to the front row at fashion month. Ahead she’s breaking down exactly which fall shoe trends belong in your closet for the months ahead.