7 Big Shoe Trends of New York Fashion Week Fall 2019

With New York Fashion Week’s fall ’19 officially wrapped, here are the top shoe trends of the season:

1. Seeing Violet

Pantone’s “Ultra Violet” color of the year for 2018 actually picked up more speed for fall ’19 than it did last year. From statement coats and boots to full monochrome looks, designers like Tom Ford, Cushnie, Kate Spade and Nanushka are putting some pastel into this fall’s offerings.

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A model backstage in an all-lilac look at Cushnie fall ’19.
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A lilac fur coat at Tom Ford fall ’19.
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Nanushka’s Pipe mule with wooden heels designed by Monet for the fall ’19 collection.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Nanushka

2. Sandals in Winter

Spring’s minimalist strappy sandal trend continues into fall with no heed for cold feet. At Oscar de la Renta, co-creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia introduced a mismatched sandal that will be sold individually to allow for more customization.

Model on the catwalkOscar de la Renta show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 12 Feb 2019
Mismatched sandals at Oscar de la Renta fall ’19.
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Model on the catwalkDion Lee show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 10 Feb 2019
Dion Lee’s ultrastrappy flat slide sandals for fall ’19.
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Chloe Gosselin: Fall / Winter 2019 Presentation
Lace-up sandals at Chloe Gosselin.
CREDIT: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA

3. Floral Boots to Match

All manner of over-the-knees and thigh-highs made their comeback — but only in specialty prints. Zimmermann’s fabric thigh-highs were as florally involved as the dresses, and Staud actually matched the ’70s prints to the boots.

Yasmin Wijnaldum on the catwalkZimmerman show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 11 Feb 2019
Floral fabric thigh-highs at Zimmermann fall ’19.
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Model on the catwalkStaud show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 13 Feb 2019
Staud’s vintage florals matched from dress to knee boot.
CREDIT: George Chinsee/WWD/REX/Shutterstock
Model backstageBrock Collection show, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 08 Feb 2019
Brock Collection’s raw-edged jacquard went from the gowns all the way down to the Victorian boots.
CREDIT: Paul Zimmerman/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

4. Brown Is the New Black

Are you ready to get down with brown? The long-shunned neutral was back in full force, both on and off the runways, from the teddy coats and hiker boots on showgoers to the earthy, retro footwear at Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch.

Model on the catwalk, shoe detailMichael Kors show, Detail, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 13 Feb 2019
A brown leather lace-up calf boot at Michael Kors fall ’19.
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Model on the catwalk, shoe detailTory Burch show, Detail, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 10 Feb 2019
Faux bois boots at Tory Burch fall ’19.
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Model on the catwalk, shoe detailMarc Jacobs show, Detail, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 13 Feb 2019
Brown boots at Marc Jacobs fall ’19.
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5. Loafers with Dresses

The best new way to wear a dress? With a comfy menswear-inspired slipper, loafer or flat, as shown at Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Ryan Roche. Good news for anyone who would rather not change shoes at a wedding.

Model on the catwalkOscar de la Renta show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 12 Feb 2019
Oscar de la Renta’s new George loafer for fall’19, paired with a tea-length quilted gown.
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Model on the catwalkCarolina Herrera show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 11 Feb 2019
A taffeta mini dress at Carolina Herrera with Manolo Blahnik loafers for fall ’19.
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Model on the catwalkRyan Roche show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 10 Feb 2019
Menswear laceless brogues by George Esquivel paired with a knit dress with lace paneling at Ryan Roche fall ’19.
CREDIT: Masato Onoda/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

6. Elongated Toes

Regardless of heel height, elongated closed toes — with slightly square or pointy ends — put a quirky accent on feminine looks, especially those with longer hemlines.

Models backstage, fashion detailSies Marjan show, Backstage, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 10 Feb 2019
Elongated toes and bright hues at Sies Marjan fall ’19.
CREDIT: Sophie Sahara/WWD/Shutterstock
ModelRosie Assoulin presentation, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 12 Feb 2019
A monochrome look with elongated boots at Rosie Assoulin fall ’19.
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Model on the catwalk, shoe detailRachel Comey show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 06 Feb 2019
Rachel Comey’s zip booties for fall ’19.
CREDIT: Rodin Banica/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

7. Comfort Continued

Comfort brands kept up their surprising prowess on the runway, working with unexpected, underground brands on wholly unique collaborations. Ugg tapped the critically acclaimed Eckhaus Latta for a collection of heeled sheepskin mules, and Teva partnered with Telfar, Collina Strada, PH5 and Greta Constantine, letting the designers decorate the footwear to their liking.

Model on the catwalkEckhaus Latta show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 09 Feb 2019
Ugg mules at Eckhaus Latta fall ’19.
CREDIT: PIXELFORMULA/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock
Model, shoe detailPH5 presentation, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 07 Feb 2019
Teva sandals at the PH5 presentation for fall ’19.
CREDIT: George Chinsee/WWD/REX/Shutterstock
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Tevas at Greta Constantine fall ’19.
CREDIT: Ben Gabbe

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