Fall Shoe Guide.


Like it or not, Fall is here. I’m sad to say goodbye to summer, but truthfully, Fall shopping is my favorite, so I’m not really all that sad. In the summer, I care less about investment items (as everything gets yucky between running around the city and going to the beach) but Fall is when I become really mindful about what items I’m adding to my wardrobe, and really take the time to make thoughtful investments. Shoes are probably my favorite thing to shop for (boots!!) and per usual, Nordstrom has a pretty fantastic selection.

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Here are my favorite fall shoe picks for this year…

  • A great sneaker. It makes me happy that “athleisure” is a real thing now, as I love being comfortable. The perforation on this pair takes the trend to a whole new level. Are they oxfords? Are they sneakers? I’m not really sure, but either way they are both comfortable and cute, and that’s the goal.
  • Ankle boots. I always buy a black pair (to wear with tights and dresses) and a neutral/brown pair to wear with denim. This black pair is great (and reminds me a lot of my old fave Rag & Bone boots) and also comes in a nice smoky gray. For a neutral pair, there’s nothing better than these (currently in my cart!) I love the color and the heel is the perfect height.
  • A nude pump. In my opinion, no shoe is more flattering than a great nude pump. When paired with skirts, they elongate your legs, but they also pair well with jeans. Go for something that’s a mix of comfortable and sexy like this pair from Cole Haan. Your feet will be happy, your legs will look great. I’m also a fan of nude ballet flats for all of the reasons listed above. Flats can make your legs look stumpy, but nude flats are surprisingly flattering.
  • Something over the knee. I live for my over the knee boots. I have both flat + heeled versions. This flat pair is fabulous (I adore the texture of the leather) and I always say that my Highland boots were my favorite investment (bought two years ago, still in perfect condition). If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative to the Highland boots, then these are a must!
  • Something leopard. Because why not!? But seriously… Leopard is amazing with all black. This pair from DVF is very high on my wish list right now.
  • Something lace up. Lace up pumps are everywhere this season and for good reason… they look amazing on! I love this pair from Stuart Weitzman, but this pair from Vince Camuto comes in four colors and makes for a much more affordable alternative.
  • A statement pump. It’s nice having that pair of heels you can reach for to dress up all of your plain outfits. All black? Jeans and a white tee? Plain black dress? Just add fun shoes. This pair is fantastic – the black and nude combo will go with everything. While we’re talking about statement shoes, I’m dreaming about these… the blue is perfect and the jeweled heel is everything.

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  1. Kimmie says 9.15.15

    I need #6 and #9 to be mine!! Love! xo, Kimmie


  2. Andi says 9.15.15

    LOVE the #5 flats! I would wear those everyday.

  3. Cathleen says 9.15.15

    Nope. It’s still summer, like 100+ kind of summer. Autumn doesn’t start for a while. Oh wait it’s in like a week.
    Either way, I need some new nude heels. haha

    • graceatwood says 9.15.15

      Haha, I know – it’s crazy. It’s been chilly in New York.. I actually wore a jacket to dinner the other night!

      • Cathleen says 9.16.15

        Oh I’m ready for some chilly weather! We do get some cooler nights. I’m definitely ready for the season change.

  4. Liz says 9.15.15

    Those brown ankle boots are gorgeous!!

    xo, Liz

  5. jillian says 9.15.15

    love the brown booties!

  6. Heidi says 9.15.15

    Those grey otk boots are to die for!

    Wishes & Reality

  7. E says 9.15.15

    the numbers in the photo don’t match the numbers in your list! 🙁

    • graceatwood says 9.15.15

      Hi E! Which one are you referring to? I just went back and double checked all of the links, and they all match up. Let me know, I’d love to be helpful (but I think they are all right!)

      • Alison @ Peacoat Diaries says 9.19.15

        I think she might have been confused (as I was initially) that the numbers on the text list don’t correspond to the numbers on the image.

        I really loved those nude flats (five), so I jumped right to the chunk of text next to 5. and was surprised to be reading about leopard. It wasn’t until I scrolled further that I saw the 1-9 links that matched up with the image. Maybe it would help to just move those links directly under the collage?

        • graceatwood says 9.19.15

          Ahhh! I see! Thank you for this… I adjusted the post, hadn’t thought about that! Have a great night!

  8. erica says 9.15.15

    I have the Cole Haan Oxford/sneakers and LOVE them. I got them in red at the anniversary sale and wear them all the time. One of my best purchases ever! I’ve been considering the 5050s but don’t know if I can handle the price. The Cole Haan version you shared might be the ones for me!

  9. Wandeleur says 9.16.15

    All of these shoes are a MUST HAVE this fall. I’m missing a pair or two, I better fix that! Great article

  10. Rachel says 9.18.15

    I am living for that black rider boot! I love how structured they are, but they also have some give in the back for the calf.

    Great collection!