I'm always interested in gaining sartorial insight from various experts in the industry. On that note, I recently tapped Regina Popp, senior director of fashion and trends at DSW, to learn more about which fall shoe silhouettes she thinks will be everywhere this season. Given that it's her role to guide trend direction for a large footwear retailer, she certainly knows a thing or two about what customers will probably gravitate toward.
"Embracing the richness of layering with textured coats and tall leather boots, the chic zen of head-to-toe neutrals, the ease of pulling on an easy Chelsea bootie… fall fashion affords so many opportunities to show off new shoes," she said. So with that in mind, Popp shared the five key styles she's loving for fall, some of which you may already have in your closet. Keep scrolling for more, including past visual inspiration from fashion people and plenty of shopping recommendations.
Photo:Regina Popp; DSW
1. Neutral Shoes
"Throw out the old rule book because head-to-toe white and neutrals are trending year-round these days. There is nothing more refreshing than a monochromatic look, and tonal cream, beige, and brown shades are a chic way to play this elevated palette cleanser."
"Between working from home, trying to spend more time outdoors, and staying on top of your weekly run-around schedule, who isn't living in sneakers these days? For a versatile sneaker update that reads fashion without sacrificing comfort, take a pair of retro sneakers for a spin."
"Cozy clogs and mules are one of the easiest and most comfortable of fall’s top shoe trends. After you've tucked away your sandals, these comfy yet chic styles are the perfect complement to liven up your loungewear for fall."
4. Chelsea Booties
"Whether you're feeling a western flair or a lugged Dr. Martens look, the cool, off-duty Chelsea bootie is the It bootie for fall. The ease of a pull-on-and-go bootie that looks and feels good is the perfect wear-everywhere staple."