4 Kinds of Must-Have Fall Shoes and Why You Need Them

Let’s talk about Nordstrom Anniversary Sale shoes. I always like to make sure that when I share items with you, especially during a sale, that they are things I truly love. It’s easy to get caught up in the sale price of stuff, especially when tons of bloggers are posting about great finds. Full disclosure: I didn’t have too much luck with clothing this year or find anything that I really, truly, had to have, except a couple of things here and there. Last week on Insta Stories is expressed how I was kind of disappointed in the clothing selection this year. I just didn’t like a lot of it or it was something that resembled an item I already owned. I had all of these big plans to share a few head to toe sale outfits with you, but it didn’t pan out and I never want to post a look I’m not comfortable in, so this year I am cutting back on Nordstrom Anniversary Sale posts unless I find stuff I really love.

Nordstrom does always have great shoes though  and this year’s sale selection, to me, was the best part of the Anniversary Sale.

So today I thought I would share 4 kinds of must-have fall shoes, all part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and why you need them. (Right now it is early access if you area Nordstrom Card holder but if you’re not you can still save these to your wish list – the sale opens to the public this Friday, July 20.)

A leopard print mule or flat

I mentioned this in my original post with all of my top picks for this sale, but leopard print is actually a great neutral. It works with black or brown, but looks just as nice with red, dark green, purple, etc. I bought a pair of leopard mules during last year’s sale and whenever I wear them I always get compliments. I tend to wear darker, plain clothes in the fall and so this is an easy way to inject some print and life into my outfits. This year, Nordstrom brought back an almost identical pair of leopard print mules. When I bought them I didn’t anticipate wearing them as much as I do, so highly recommend!

If you’re not into a mule, I really love these leopard print pointed toe flats. The wavy edge and black trim gives a unique spin, and the pointed toe always looks chic. I suggest flats because you can wear them all day to work and you’ll be comfortable, but still stylish. Both pairs are under $90 and to me this print is a “must-have” if you’re going to have any type of printed shoe in your closer.

A classic white leather sneaker

I have been rocking the same pair of white leather sneakers for a few years now and majorly needed an upgrade. These Nike sneakers are $55, and were the first shoes I purchased from this sale. I love sneakers with everything. Obviously they go great with jeans or leggings, but I love dressing down a skirt or dress and making the look more casual with a pair of white sneakers. While I love the look of canvas, I personally recommend leather because they can handle a bit more without getting super dirty. You can’t go wrong here with the classic black and white combo. These are going to get some major use in NYC this weekend walking around the city.

A versatile black-heeled ankle bootie for night

Okay, I have two picks here, but they both get the job done. A black-heeled bootie is like a LBD to me; you can dress it up or down, and regardless of the occasion, it works. I’m always a sucker for a thicker heeled black ankle bootie like this one. I already have a few similar pairs in my closet, otherwise I would have definitely purchased this pair. They are a bit pricier than others but I have numerous pairs of Stuart Weitzman shoes and they are always really well made and last forever. If you’re looking to splurge a little they are a great middle ground between an everyday purchase and a high end $800 – $1,000 designer purchase. Classic black leather and a sleek silhouette keep them classic, so you’ll grab them next year and the year after, for sure.

If you’re looking for a stiletto bootie then I highly suggest this pair. These I did purchase! If you know me or you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that while I absolutely love heels, I’m just not that great at wearing them. When I tried these on in the store I couldn’t believe how comfy they were (more comfy than a chunky heeled bootie I tried!) and so I bought them. I love the pointed toe because it helps elongate the look of your leg. There’s no bells or whistles on these; just a clean silhouette that can dress up jeans or look great with a dress. And they are under $100!

A taupe bootie for the day

I wear a lot of black come fall and winter, but what about those days when a girl just wants to put on a comfy pair of jeans and a white cozy sweater? Enter the taupe bootie. A chunky wooden heel like the one on this pair keeps things casual, but it also means you can wear them all day. Sometimes black booties can look a little harsh (to me at least) when you have a pair of light jeans and a soft sweater, so I like to balance my look with an equal soft shade of taupe. And if you think you can’t wear this bootie with black, you’re wrong. It would look really cute with black skinny jeans and an oversized black sweater! I love this pair by Sole Society for $72.

BONUS! A hefty boot that can stand up to the rain

If you live in Southern California then you probably don’t need these combat boots. And if I didn’t go to NYC all the time in the fall and winter, I probably wouldn’t have purchased them. But every time I go there when it’s cold I am always scrambling at the last minute to find a sturdy yet cute boot that I can walk around in and not have to worry about ruining. THIS YEAR I decided things would be different. I would be prepared. These combat boots have kind of a patent-looking leather finish, so if I’m caught walking in the city and it starts raining, I’ll be okay. There’s a 3 inch, super chunky heel, but because these boots have a lug sole there’s actually a 1 inch platform – so it’s really only 2 inches. This is the perfect non-heel heel to walk around in all day, and my feet will stay warm yet cute. They also come with black laces if you want a monochromatic, toned-down look.

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