Don't Wait Another Second to Shop Fall's Biggest Shoe Trends

Go ahead and treat yourself.

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You held off switching over your closet and putting your strappy sandals in storage for as long as possible, but the chilly temps don't lie: It's fall—and I'll bet you could use a new pair of seasonally appropriate shoes. (You work hard! Treat yourself!) Retailers have rolled out the newest pieces from their fall ’18 collections, including a bevy of lust-worthy shoes. I’ll be damned if my to-buy list isn't full of kickass combat boots and prim party heels. (Yes, I'm already thinking about holiday parties and my birthday outfit.) To see what I'm eyeing for autumn, read on. You don't have to wait a minute longer to shop them, either—thank god.

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The Slip-On Ankle Boot

Via Spiga Farly bootie, $295

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If you're not ready to take the cowboy boot trend by the reins, go for this subtly western-inspired pair from Via Spiga. Slip 'em on with ease (no socks required) and style as you would your favorite pair of mules or flats. Personally, I like to wear mine with cropped jeans so a touch of my ankle is exposed.

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The Printed Flat

M.Gemi Stretto shoe, $248

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I'm ready to retire my dingy ballet flats for this polished and eye-catching pair of leather-and-snakeskin loafers. Keep them under your desk just in case your heels start to kill your feet. Actually...go ahead and wear them the whole day.

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The Red Boot

Daniella Shevel BellaDonna red boots, $495

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This supple leather boot comes in several colors, but the red is my favorite. Wear with jeans, black leather skirts, fall knit dresses—the options are endless. And don't let the heel height scare you; hidden inside is memory foam, so you'll feel like you're walking on clouds.

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The Furry Mule

The Odells leather mule, $238

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These mules have the comfort of house slippers but look twice as chic. The woven leather is dyed using a traditional plant-based process instead of chemicals and its inner lining features genuine sheep shearling. Style this snug flat with a pair of jeans, white tee, and cardigan for an effortless outfit.

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The Denim Boot

R13 cowboy boots with denim, $1,395

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Rihanna would rock the hell out of these R13 illusion shoes. Yes, they're expensive, but, if you're bold enough, these unconventional cowboy boots are the statement shoes to have in your wardrobe, if you want to establish yourself as a trendsetter.

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The Slip-On Sneaker

GREATS leather slip-on sneakers, $169

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Skip the hassle of laces. These slip-on sneakers will save the day when you're running late to work. The shoe is handcrafted in Italy from super soft leather, meaning you can wear them sockless and not worry about blisters. Pro tip: They apparently run small, so go half a size up for a comfortable fit.

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The Plaid Combat Boot

See by Chloé combat boots, $545

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See by Chloé's combat boots receive a facelift in 2018 thanks to a brown and yellow tartan print made from silky genuine calf hair. This take-charge boot is perfect for hiking or light trekking through the woods thanks to its lugged sole with a stacked block heel.

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The Two-Toned Shoe

Jaggar two-toned flats, $148

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This fun cotton candy-colored shoe might be just what you need to get out of that weekday work funk. It's playful and colorful, which is perfect for Instagram. Don't be surprised if that girl who stalks your account ends up buying the same pair—they're that irresistible.

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The Geometric Heel

Zara round heel mule , $90

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Heels are taking on all kinds of wonky, interesting shapes for 2018. Emily Ratajkowski was one of the first celebs to debut geometric sandals and now they’re everywhere. In place of a traditional pointy stiletto heel, you’ll find shoes balancing on wooden round balls, trapezoids, rhombuses, and pretty much every other shape you remember from elementary school. If you're hesitant to splurge on this trend, Zara offers this chic and affordable option.

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The Dad Sneaker

Topshop dad sneaker, $65

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Good news: Dad sneakers are still popular for fall. If you haven’t bought a pair yet, check out Topshop’s latest chunky trainers. If the gold sole is too excessive for you, not to worry: There's a neutral wheat-colored option, too. Wear with a slip dress or boyfriend jeans and a fitted T-shirt.

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The Animal Print Mule

Dolce Vita snakeskin mule, $170

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A heeled mule is my quick trick for elevating a pair of jeans. Flats or ankle boots are everyone's go-tos, so stand out with this snakeskin "Cinda" mule from Dolce Vita. The backless footwear screams sophistication and the versatile silhouette makes it easy to pair with a dress or skirt, too.

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The Red Shoe

Aquazzura red bow pump, $750

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It might be too early to plan holiday attire, but you'll want to keep an eye on this Aquazzura pump. The cutout design, bow detail, and bold color all make this heel a festive option for Christmas dinner with the in-laws, company parties, and just general merriment. If this classic shoe looks familiar to you, it's because Meghan Markle owns a pair in black (!!). Since it's royal approved, I have to buy it, right?

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The Cowboy Boot

Tibi leather ankle boots, $795

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Cowboy boots ruled the Fall 2018 runways and Tibi’s new “Felix” boots are an updated take on the western style. The shoe is made from leather with a glossy patent design and rests on a chunky slanted heel—a cool detail you're sure to see on other heeled footwear next season. Wear these boots with a wrap dress or straight-leg jeans loosely tucked in.

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The Slingback Heel

Steven slingback pumps, $129

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I see you adding that 20th pair of nude flats to your checkout cart. STOP RIGHT NOW. Consider investing, instead, in a slingback block heel, which is just as comfortable, but looks slightly more refined. I love this black cap-toe option from Steven, which gives off Parisian vibes. Don't be surprised if you spot me walking down the street in these while carrying a baguette.

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The Embellished Shoe

Kate Spade surie kitten heel , $248

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Tap into your feminine side with this embellished pink mule. It's the type of shoe I'd grab from my closet to give my all-black outfit a small burst of color. The tiny kitten heel gives you a minor height boost while still providing a level of comfort for your feet. Wear with menswear-inspired jeans or a pantsuit.

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The Shearling Shoe

Sam Edelman sandals, $130

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Designers are incorporating shearling into their fall shoes and for Sam Edelman, that means a shearling...heel? The gold fluff adds an extra dose of glam to this already-standout footwear, making any wearer the center of attention. It's not your everyday shoe, so I suggest saving it for a fancy, fancy party when you want to make a fashion statement.

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