Retailers share the top footwear styles in their stores:
THE SHOE HIVE, Alexandria, Va.
1. Butter — any shoe with kitten heels
2. Sam Edelman’s Petty and Maddox booties
3. Frye’s Melissa and Paige boots
Top trends: “We’re seeing booties selling well, and lots of suede shoes in general,” said manager Lindsay Chaney.
KICKS, Columbia, S.C.
1. Dolce Vita’s Jeno and Gino booties
2. Sabrinas’ London flat
3. Sabrinas’ Niza flat
Top trends: “Women are asking for transitional shoes before they have to wear boots. It stays warm here, but they want to feel and look more like fall,” said manager Trenholm Hardison.
MIROBALLI SHOES INC., Orland Park, Ill.
1. Rieker’s Hillary boot
2. Toms Shoes
3. Fly London styles in yellow
Top trends: “Boots are really popular, especially the Western-looking ones,” said owner Dan Miroballi. “Boots make up half our holiday business.”
SOULA, Brooklyn, N.Y.
1. Frye’s Carson oxford
2. Indigo by Clarks booties
3. Gidigio booties
Top trends: “So far this season people are leaning toward oxfords and short boots,” said owner Rick Lee. “As we get closer to the holidays, taller boots are going to be bigger. People are asking for those already.”