9 Must-Have Shoes for Fall

Well, it’s officially September! While it’s still very hot outside, it hasn’t stopped me from stalking the fall trends and making my wardrobe wishlists. I was thinking about helpful ways to share fall inspo. with everyone, and I realized I should start with footwear. Below you’ll find 9 must-have shoes for fall. It’s not an extensive list, but it can absolutely get you through the season with dozens of cute looks! I happened to have all 9 pairs of shoes already in my closet, and there’s a good chance you do too!


Black Pumps

Black pumps are a universal way to elevate your look and posture. They are classic and can even be paired with a more casual blouse and jeans. I often wear them with a cropped pair of denim and a tank top or bodysuit like above. It really is the foundation for dozens of looks! I paired this look with a coatigan, but you could add almost any piece of outwear. Next time you’re stuck, try this look with a leather jacket, trench coat or sweater.



There’s nothing cozier than a cardigan and pair of loafers! I often gravitate toward loafers in the fall because they’re not a big commitment if you’re unsure of the weather, and they’re comfortable enough to go from running errands to going to dinner.


Croc-Embossed Boots

It’s boot season! The croc-embossed style isn’t going away anytime soon, and you could wear these boots every year. Unlike trendier pairs such as over-the-knee boots, a classic black boot like this will add a level of sophistication to your outfit without feeling overdressed.


Slingback Block Heels

These were my favorite addition to my shoe collection last year. I think of slingback heels as a more mature shoe, though you don’t need to be older to wear them. The small block heel is cute but not flashy, and the two-tone color of this particular pair means I can wear them with twice as many looks.


Rain Boots

Rain boots in the fall make me so dang happy. I’ve worn these Sam Edelman boots for a few years and they’re in great shape. I also have them in olive green, and having a light and dark pair had made them very versatile in my wardrobe. They’re also low profile so I can wear them with several styles of pants and not feel like I’m in the cast of Singing in the Rain.



Mules are a great transition shoe, especially for early fall. I wear these some in the summer, but I get the most wear out of them August-October. My favorite way to style them is with some cropped denim and a slouchy sweater.



I’ve gushed over these Adidas sneakers time and time again, but they really are a closet staple. They are very affordable and can be worn casually with jeans or paired with a dress and denim jacket for a more feminine look. They also come in children’s sizes and (in my opinion) run a little big. I can wear a kids size 6.5 and save a little money by not buying my typical women’s size 8.5! I wrote an entire post about this concept and you can find the conversion chart here!


Suede Booties

These Marc Fisher suede boots are my most-worn boots by a landslide. They are classy but can still be dressed down, and they instantly make me think of fall. Suede boots in particular are incredibly popular this year, and they will easily transition into winter. Check out another way I style these boots here.


Tennis Shoes

With the Texas heat finally settling down, it’s time to get outside and get some steps! I love going on long walks in the fall and quality tennis shoes are the only way I can make that happen.

Missing a pair from this list? Don’t feel the need to go out and buy a pair immediately. Instead look in your closet and find what you have that’s similar. Have leather boots but they’re not croc-embossed? That’s fine! You can also dress a look up or down by mixing these styles. I often sling on a pair of heels to elevate a look or make it more casual by adding sneakers. The choice is yours, so get to styling!

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