By Alexis Bennett
Updated: Oct 19, 2018 @ 11:54 am
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I know fall just started a few weeks ago (and we've got a long winter ahead of us), but I'm already tired of wearing the same black boots every day. It's time to freshen things up and take a closer look at the biggest shoe trends of the season.

Now when I say the word "trend" don't let that scare you away. This season's most popular styles actually aren't too hard to pull off. And there's something for everyone, from the over-the-knee-boot lover to the just-give-me-some mules girl. Even if you're an all-black-everything type, there are subtle details that will take the neutral shoe to the next level. All it takes is an unexpected heel silhouette or topping things off with a pretty bow.

And no, you don't have to cram your feet into uncomfortable stilettos for fashion's sake this season. Trends are continuing to lean toward chunkier and shorter heel heights with slanted and curvy shapes for interest. So you could spend the entire day strutting around in one of the biggest fall shoe trends without making your pinkie toes hate your guts.

Keep reading, to bring your shoe collection into this season. 

Best Black Boot Replacement: Python Is the New Black

The animal print is being produced in all types of shades from ruby red to neon pink. But the tan and brown python boots are the easiest to incorporate into your everyday looks, and possibly a less intimidating way to get in on the style. Grab a kitten-heel version to throw on with your suit in the office or an over-the-knee boot to go over your jeans on weekends.

Nordstrom
$91 (Originally $130) Steve Madden SHOP IT
Bloomingdale's
$169 Aqua SHOP IT
Bloomingdale's
$139 Vince Camuto SHOP IT
Shopbop
$1,150 Alexandre Birman SHOP IT

Best Statement Boot Trend: Cowboy Boots

This boot trend is so big it started picking up speed in the summer, and it's continuing to go strong throughout the fall and winter. If you're not afraid to go there, try a wester pair in a stark white color. For a pair that feels a bit more timeless, try a suede cowboy boot with classic stitching.

Saks Fifth Avenue
$160 Sam Edelman SHOP IT
Shopbop
$185 Jeffrey Campbell SHOP IT
Net-a-Porter
$385 Aeyde SHOP IT
Nordstrom
$190 Ariat SHOP IT

Best Comfortable Fall Shoe Trend: Flat Mules With Bows

Sure the obsession with Gucci Princetown mules is still going strong. But prepare to see an uptick in mules decked out in other decorations. We're loving the ones with bow. Sometimes you'll find them neatly tied on to the toe cap. Other times, they're in twisted in origami form. Either way, this is the cutest way to keep your feet feeling comfortable throughout the fall.

Moda Operandi
$305 Yuul Yie SHOP IT
Net-a-Porter
$315 Ganni SHOP IT
Nordstrom
$250 Alias Mae SHOP IT
Zappos
$99 Naturalizer SHOP IT

Best Heel Trend: Slanted Heels

This one might seem like a very subtle change, but the curved heel makes a powerful impact that pretty much can transform ordinary shoes into works of art. For the fall-winter 2018 season, they're showing up on all types of shoes, from boots to slingbacks.

Nordstrom
$100 Linea Paolo SHOP IT
Moda Operandi
$395 Saptodjojokartiko SHOP IT
Saks Fifth Avenue
$356 (Originally $890) The Row SHOP IT
Nordstrom
$138 J. Crew SHOP IT

Best Fall Sneaker Trend: Split Soles

If you're like me, you probably still can't believe the longevity of this whole chunky sneaker trend. Luckily the "ugly" shoe trend is toning down slightly, and this season the emphasis on the two-piece sole. 

Shopbop
$97 (Originally $130) Puma SHOP IT
Saks Fifth Avenue
$398 Stuart Weitzman SHOP IT
Moda Operandi
$450 Adidas by Raf Simons SHOP IT
Net-a-Porter
$315 Ganni SHOP IT
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