â€‹Manolo Blahnik once said, “Shoes are the quickest way for women to achieve instant metamorphosis.” Throw on a pair of heels and instantly stand straighter. Slip on some slippers and feel stress melt away. Shoes are the ultimate feel-good accessory. And when it comes to our footwear, we don’t discriminate. Heels, flats, boots—we love them all.
For the past 10 years, shoe lovers have been flocking to in2soles in Rehoboth Beach, a shoetique that offers 50 men’s and women’s shoe designers, including Naot and Eric Michael, along with accessories such as socks and handbags.
Owners Jane Klein and Sherri Swenson understand the importance of quality, stylish footwear. Here is their fall footwear forecast.
What’s Trending: “For the first year ever, we had a harder time finding regular shoes to stock,” says Swenson. “The
variety of boots actually surpassed all the other styles.” Why boots? Swenson has a theory. “People are dressing more casual these days, and shoes are following suit. Instead of heels, people are looking for comfort while still being stylish,” she says.
This season, boots capitalize on the fringe trend, sporting suede or leather tassels. And for those who love a classic, riding boots are back. Ankle booties like Børn’s short boot ($129) are still very much en vogue. And for those in search of a more modest heel, consider a pair of Earthies wedge booties ($225).
Color is a Beautiful Thing: When choosing a pair of boots, don’t be afraid of color. Branch out from basic black and cognac and make a statement with a pair red leather zipper booties by Eric Michael ($159). If you’re feeling adventurous, Swenson says, metallic boots are in, too. (Style tip: Pair bold boots with a neutral ensemble.)
Bonus Pick: For those occasions when boots aren’t practical, Swenson recommends a pair of wedge ballet flats. The hidden wedge lifts like a heeled boot while looking like a regular ballet flat.
in2soles, 170 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-5202, www.in2soles.com
After dominating the early 2000s, skinny scarves went on hiatus—until last spring. Now known as “lean scarves,” people are rocking a trend item worn for years by iconic rockers Steven Tyler and David Bowie.
The scarves may have less fabric than their chunky counterparts, but they don’t sacrifice sass. Make a statement with silk, velvet, print or fringe ($28-$38).
Available at Free People, www.freepeople.com.