The Non-Boot Guide to Fall Footwear

Fall here in Austin can feel like a seasonal limbo. While much of the country is experiencing cooler temps and changing leaves, 80 and 90-degree weather is still a regular occurrence for us Texans. The general shift from summer to fall usually inspires a wardrobe update, but you probably won’t find me rocking boots anytime soon. Instead, I’ve really been gravitating toward alternative fall footwear options like loafers, mules, Mary Janes, and sneakers. Think fall-inspired but on more subtle terms. If you also find yourself stuck in between seasons, or just need a shake up, I’ve got some really great options to add into the mix.


the non-boot guide to fall shoes

Photography: Madeline Harper


The Non-Boot Guide to Fall Footwear


non-boot guide: Chloé Nama Platform Sneaker


Chloé Nama Platform Sneaker


Listen, these sneakers were a splurge. But I’m a huge believer that if you’re going to invest in footwear, make it something versatile you can wear every day. I took these with me to Munich and Copenhagen this fall, and they were the MVP of the whole trip. They’re a super lightweight sneaker that paired well with denim, dresses, and pretty much any outfit I wore. I chose the “Biscotti Beige” color option, and it’s the perfect neutral when you want something just a bit different than an all-white sneaker. Highly recommend. 


non-boot guide: Chunky High Heeled Mary Janes


Chunky High Heeled Mary Janes


I grabbed these platform Mary Janes for Design Camp, and they’ve been such a fun addition to my wardrobe. The chunky platform sole is right on trend, but it’s also sneakily functional. The sole makes them way more comfortable than your average heel, and I love wearing these with white ankle socks for a more playful look.



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non-boot guide: Muled Chunky Loafers in Black


Muled Chunky Loafers in Black


There’s been a noticeable shift toward menswear-inspired fashion, and I especially love it in footwear. The mules are the perfect balance of masculine-meets-feminine, and the slip-on style makes them easy for everyday wear. Oh, and that chunky sole is an instant outfit upgrade.



non-boot guide: Lizzie Derby Flat in Brown



Lizzie Derby Flat in Brown


The woven leather shoes featured in the opening image were an oldie but a goodie from Anthropologie. And don’t worry; I’ve found a lookalike. These woven derby flats deliver all the same style with a herringbone texture that adds tons of visual interest. Again, this menswear-inspired style is so cute for fall, but here in Austin, I can wear these all winter long.





non-boot guide: Ellie Woven Slingback Heels

Ellie Woven Slingback Heels


Boden describes these slingbacks as “equal parts lady-who-lunches and footloose and fancy-free.” I don’t think I could say it any better myself. These are a dupe for the older Anthro slingback heels featured above, but these cuties come in three colors. I’m partial to a neutral tan for versatility, but there’s also a sea green and red if you’re feeling bold. 




non-boot guide: Perspex Mules in Brown

Perspex Mules in Brown


These block heels also came with me to Design Camp, and I’m happy to report they wear just as well as they look. The square toe and heel really make these shoes, and the chestnut color tone feels on-brand for fall. And as the most budget-friendly of the bunch (under $40), you really can’t go wrong.




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