The Only Shoes That Deserve a Place in Your Fall Wardrobe

I’ve already ordered three pairs.

(Image credit: Net-a-Porter)

Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have, classic key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

As much as I enjoy the beach days of summer, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t counting down the days until fall. The drop in temperature, the turning of the leaves—there’s nothing not to love about this season, especially when it comes to fashion. I’d make the argument that it’s the best season for dressing because you can really experiment with what you wear. For light outerwear, you can dabble with a denim jacket or a trench. For a base, you can wear a sweater with a dress, and it still makes sense. But best of all, the weather is just perfect enough for you to rotate through every shoe in your collection before winter hits. (Okay, maybe skip a sandal, but you get where I’m going.) 

When it comes to shopping for autumnal footwear, there are a few key styles you need to be investing in. Spring 2023 brought back the ballet flat and Mary Jane in a big way, and their momentum is not stopping anytime soon. New street style sneakers are dropping left and right. And finally, we’re starting to see brands release their latest styles of a classic cold-weather boot. Where can you shop all these in one place, you ask? The answer is Net-a-Porter, of course. It’s my go-to destination when looking for the newest, coolest, and most stylish footwear on the market. The options are endless, but I somehow narrowed it down to the essentials. Keep reading to shop the 15 shoes you should consider for fall. 

Natalie Gray Herder

Natalie Gray Herder is an editor on the branded content team at Who What Wear and Marie Claire. Originally from Los Angeles, Natalie decided to make the move to NYC after graduating from Loyola Marymount University in 2019. She had plans of applying to law school until doing a 180 to follow her more creative passions: writing and fashion. She is an avid researcher, reader, and explorer in and out of the office. She is inspired by the street style of her fellow New Yorkers and her laid-back roots in California.