We are back, with no less than blog favorite, Fall Comfort Shoes! One of the most loved blogs of the year, our annual fall comfort shoe extravaganza combines our seasonal client shopping experience with the trends. What proof do we have that fashion and comfort can coexist?
Real Life Style stylists don’t let their clients wear uncomfortable shoes! And we don’t wear them either. At least not while shopping till we drop! Nor are we willing to sacrifice looking fashionable. Please let us know which shoes or boots are your favorites in the comments below. No pressure to choose the Lani Combat Boots from Vionic!
You can never go wrong with a Chelsea boot. The look has become a classic, and works with our favorite new denim styles. If you want something really flat, this silhouette is probably your best bet. However, there are also fashionable, comfortable Chelsea boot options with stacked heels and wedges.
If you love the Chelsea boot but want a more modern version, try the lug-sole boot! This style can now be found in flats, platforms, lace-ups, and everything in between! We and our clients’ are big fans of the Vionic Lani boot, not just for the name and multiple color choices, but for its comfort and versatility. It also comes in wide on the Vionic site.
Vionic Karsen Boots, $179.95– These are actually Lani’s fave!
Square Toe Shoes
Along with the Seventies/Nineties trend, square toe boots and shoes are back. This can be subtle, like the La Canadienne waterproof booties for work. Or it can be exaggerated and fashion-forward, like one of our favorite flats, the Naturalizer 27 Edit Avrie Flat. Are you surprised to find out that Kyle owns it in a fabulous magenta suede?
Blondo Salome Waterproof Bootie, $149.95– A Client favorite for a second season!
This is Kyle’s current favorite trend, as it feels updated and fun. Pair a western-style boot with jeans and a sweater for an instant outfit. If you already have a pair of comfortable cowboy boots, now is the time to break them out. If you’re looking to dip your toe in the trends, the Franco Sarto Forta Boot below has a great mix of all the boot trends while still being simple and classic!
Pikolinos Llanes Boot, $209.95– A new favorite brand of RLS clients!
Platform boots are having a moment, but keep in mind that this is a very “seventies” iteration of platforms. There will be clog-styled boots, stacked heels, and wooden soles. I love this trend but am too worried I will break an ankle…
Waterproof and All-Weather Boots
If you look throughout the blog, you’ll see other great waterproof styles (like the Vionic Shantelle Waterproof Bootie or the Blondo Raquel Waterproof Boot), but here are the boots we would wear to take the kids to school or walk the dog while it’s downpouring. These are guaranteed to be practical and fashionable.
Knee-high boots are still a great styling tool for winterizing a dress or skirt. If you have a hard time finding calf sizes that are narrow or wide enough, Duo Boots has seven different calf sizes for all of their boots. Certain styles also come with different calf heights! This brand is a game changer!!!
Blondo Sierra Waterproof Over the Knee Boots, $239.95– Lani and Kyle own multiple versions of these!
Kork-Ease Sydney Boot, $260– A client favorite this season!
The unexpected sold-out shoe this season is the Birkenstock Boston. Kyle has been touting these as the best pandemic purchase since 2020. She first dipped her toes in the water with an olive suede shearling pair from Poshmark. She loved them so much she then paid full-price for the pink shearling Birkenstock Boston Clogs last year. (Both of these colorways are not current for this season. You may look on Poshmark for them, but currently all of the Birkenstock clogs are going for above retail price!)
What is a chunky loafer? Well, it could be any combination of all the aforementioned boot trends. Loafers with lug-soles, platforms, square-toes, and block heels are all trending right now. This typically preppy silhouette is now being styled with some edge.
Vince Camuto Becarda Pointed Toe Loafer, $110.95– A fall favorite!
The fashion cycles moved so quickly in 2022 that flats are now trending again. Not just flat shoes, which obviously haven’t gone anywhere. Specifically, the ballet flat is slated for a return to fashion for fall. Of course, they’re a little different than the ubiquitous 2010 shoe that we all considered the default. The toe box is longer and either pointed or squared off, and we’re seeing lots of adorable Mary Janes. Check out the linked Vogue article for fashion inspiration!
White tennis shoes and retro running shoes are two sneaker styles that have outlasted all other trends. The Hartjes Phil Lace/Zip Leather is a favorite for our clients who have a tough time finding comfortable shoes. Check out Comfort One stores to find your size!
Our favorite comfortable dress shoe brand, Ally Shoes, just released styles in embossed scarlet, sand, and cognac. And stay tuned for more exciting winter styles launching from them soon! If you’re looking for a super low-heel with high-style, the Sarto by Franco Sarto Diva Pointed Toe Pump is a standout. We even sold it to a client in the fuchsia below!
Sarto by Franco Sarto Rita Pointed Toe Pump, $129.95– How cool is this shoe?!
That’s a lot of shoes to choose from! What can I say? We were making up for lost time! Let us know which shoes or boots are your favorites in the comments below!
Real Life Style is a style consulting firm that teaches busy women to wear their power so they can live their lives fully and confidently. Lani Inlander and Kyle Dunphy are based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and serve clients across the country. We offer personal styling services, an on-demand e-course, corporate services, and training to become a personal stylist.
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