"Reliable." That's the keyword for trends this fashion month. After scanning fashion week photos from New York to Milan, we can confirm that the overarching theme for street style footwear trends this season is a return of the classics. Old faithfuls, if you will. The type of shoes that look good, feel good, and work with just about every kind of style. Some of this year's shoe trends were popular in recent seasons, but there's one style that we haven't seen at the top of the fashion charts for quite some years. All of them are shoe styles that we can—and will—actually wear in our everyday lives this fall. Praise be!
The season's shoe trends are led by two chunky styles, which comes as no surprise after a heavy-soled summer in Tevas. For those who love heels, we've seen Bottega Veneta influence two major heel trends, one more classic and one more trend-driven. Of course, there have been a few cult pieces—a few from Prada, plus a dreamy pair of snakeskin Jimmy Choo boots—though fewer than we've been accustomed to seeing for the last few years.
With investment pieces as the top choice this season, it's no surprise that many of the shoe and boot trends worn on repeat across fashion month echo the shoe trends we've spotted at Zara, as they are not entirely specific to 2019.
Keep scrolling to discover the five shoe trends worn on repeat across fashion month and then see how the street style set is wearing them.
A total classic, knee-high boots have taken over street style outfits, and we're here for it. Though most of us may have continued wearing knee-high boots perennially, they have largely been absent from the fashion forefront in favor of ankle boots until now. First spotted on the Celine F/W 19 runway in a look inspired by 1980s bourgeois Parisian woman, we've seen so many different knee-high boots parading outside the shows.
Style Notes: One new thing about the way the street style set has been wearing knee-high boots this season is the way in which they've been tucking them into loose-fitting trousers. We love how Lou Lou pairs this look with an oversize waistcoat.
Style Notes: Camille Charrière's patent Prada boots had fashion editors going wild on her Instagram page. Paired with her business shorts and tweed jacket, her look is very Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Working Girl.
From Prada (as spotted on Jessie Bush above) to Arket to the classic Dr. Martens, we imagine we're going to be seeing these boots all season long. Like chunky sandals, these pair so well with the puffy-dress trend we've been seeing across fashion month, as they balance out the silhouette.
Style Notes: Who What Wear'seditor in chief, Kat Collings, donned a pair of Neous mesh heels with her Jacquemus dress and claimed via Instagram that after walking all day at NYFW, they were still comfortable.
Open-toe mules—aka Carrie Bradshaw shoes—have been a favorite for a few seasons, but it's great to see them still going strong. Doina Ciobanu opts for a bright blue pair to match her bag and contrast her pink ensemble.
Tamu McPherson's Prada shoes were spotted all over Milan Fashion Week, but the shoe style more generally is one of the top shoe trends of 2019. For those who love flat shoes, these simply work with any outfit, so it's no wonder they are becoming wildly popular.