It could be the kids’ ever-sprouting feet or Mom’s closet overhaul – no matter the reason, fall means shoe shopping. Stash your flip-flops, and instead pull out an array of boots, boat shoes and slip-on sneakers. With so many silhouettes, colors and fabrics at your disposal, it’s only natural to fall for the season’s footwear fashions.
Casual for the All-Star Mom
Fall is the season for busy moms who not only organize carpool duty, volunteer at school events and the lead the cheering section at soccer games, but do all this while answering work emails, creating reports and running to and from meetings with clients. With all that this all-star mom juggles, she needs a good pair of tennis shoes to help her keep going – but long gone are the days of boring sneaks. Add style by sliding into Skechers Synergy Sparkle and Shine sneakers in black with a white sole. This athletic shoe requires no lacing, but offers tons of support. For a little dressier look without sacrificing comfort, go for Sperry Top-Sider Laguna boat shoes in tortoise. The dark brown color with contrasting caramel-hued laces makes them easy to throw on for a day on-the-go.
Functional for Dad
Busy men need shoes that can do double duty, whether crossing off items from the weekend “honey-do” checklist or having some outdoor fun with the family. Rockport’s Storm Surge Chukka brown boots are waterproof with a cushioned insole and provide excellent shock absorption, but their sleek lace-up design allows for wear indoors as well as outdoors. For a casual weekend, dad can rock Skechers Devention Oxford relaxed-fit shoes. While the style is athletic, the contrasting decorative stitching makes them easy to team with pants for virtually any casual outing. Want to channel your inner hipster? Slip into some Converse Chuck Taylor Street Mid Leather sneaks in wheat – the golden-beige hue gets a pop of contrast with a white rubber cap toe. Comfortable, stylish and versatile, these Chucks are a triple threat.
Dressy for Mom
It may be a day at the office or dinner out, but sometimes Mom requires a little more than tennis shoes. Autumn signals boots weather, and with a range of styles in your reach, it’s a cinch to find that perfect pair. When work calls, slip into a pair of Naturalizer Danby Dress Sandals in go-with-everything black. The fashionable open-toe slingback style and medium heel height makes these leather shoes ideal with pants or pencil skirts. If going rugged is more your vibe, rock a pair of Carlos Santana Helena boots. The distressed leather features a zipper and buckles for added edge.
Cool for Boys
Fall signals back to school time and – you guessed it – shoe shopping for those growing feet. Luckily, Skechers has your little guy covered: Boys can hop into Skechers Mega Blade sneakers in cool hues of red, dark blue and superhero silver. The style features Velcro straps for faster playground access. If lace-up is more his thing, Converse’s All-Star Street mid-level leather athletic shoes are one part practical, one part cool with a full lace-up front and metal eyelets.
Cute for Girls
Girls headed back to the books will love Skechers’ Skech Appeal Lil Flyer shoes that boast a pretty mix of gray, pink, lavender and baby blue. If your female fashionista wants to up the adorable ante, nab a pair of Steve Madden Shawney mid-calf boots. Available in brown, these too-cool-for-school boots have a back zipper for those mornings when you’re rushing out the door. And let’s face it – that’s pretty much all of them.
About the Author
Stacey Kole worked for five years as managing editor of the international style and pop-culture magazine Savvy, where she traveled coast-to-coast covering all things fashion and beauty. In addition to daily writing and editing duties, she interviewed and penned cover stories on such celebrities as Avril Lavigne, Julianne Hough and “Twilight” star Ashley Greene.