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14 Fabulous 2020 Fall & Winter Footwear Trends
10 Nov

14 Fabulous 2020 Fall & Winter Footwear Trends

This fall and winter, don’t be left in the dark. Even though many of us are still staying home and social distancing, it’s no reason to forgo fashion. This year’s fall footwear makes statements. Think chunky heels, over-the-knee boots, and details with some serious pizazz. Want to know what pieces you should add to your shoe closet? Read on.


Tight Over-the-Knee Boots

Over-the-knee boots have made a huge comeback this season. While some of the over-the-knee styles are slouchy, most are tight. Especially popular this season are the over the knee sock boots. These boots with stretchy material are both warm and fit a variety of calf sizes comfortably.


Chunky Soles

2020 has certainly been bringing a lot of fashion inspiration out of the 1990s. The chunky sole fad is no different. Shoes that are elevated on thick soles, and details on said thick soles are definitely a big part of the 2020-2021 fall and winter list.


Combat Boots

Did I mention that the 90s are having a comeback this year? Combat boots are making their rounds again, and they’re coming in all sorts of styles. While you can certainly find your standard black Doc Martin’s, you can also find white, snakeskin, and mesh combat boots to elevate the style.


Square Toe Boxes

The square toe boxes are still with us, and this season they’re making their way to pumps, booties, and even boots. Square toe shoes have been quite popular since spring, and it’s not looking like they’re going anywhere any time soon.



Loafers are definitely in this season – and they’re coming with two other trends – square toe boxes and chunky soles. While you can certainly keep the shape classic in one of this season’s colors, don’t be afraid to spice it up a little by trying one of these trends to make your trendy footwear work-friendly.



Slingbacks are also back in style, especially if they include key details from this year. Look for classic shapes and colors that will work well with a variety of outfits. You get bonus points if your slingbacks also have a flared stiletto heel.


Mary Janes

The Mary Jane style, definitely a classic, is seeing a resurgence in popularity, especially if you pair it with a tone-on tone sock. Mary Jane boots, flats, heels, and even stiletto styles are all quite “in” right now as we go into the colder months of the year.


Chain Details

Chain details are everywhere on footwear – slingbacks, Mary Janes, and loafers. If you’re digging chain details, you’ll want to opt for simpler styles for the rest of the shoe to keep the trend subtle and clean.


White Flats

Yes! You can (and should this year) wear white after Labor Day. White flats are in right now, especially if paired with black trousers. Look for easy-to clean materials and ballet styling to keep your look crisp and clean.


Contrast Stitching Details

Contrast stitching, particularly on boots, is another detail that’s very popular right now. These are great with jeans and a flannel for a more casual look or put them together with a leather skirt and bright top and coat for a more bold statement.


Faux Fur and Shearling Details

Faux fur and shearling footwear isn’t just for the bedroom this fall and winter. Faux fur and shearling details are making their way to sandals, booties, mules, and everything in between. Make sure when you’re purchasing that the fur doesn’t come loose and is firmly attached – nothing worse than shedding your shoe details everywhere, but feel free to rock this cozy trend.


Ruching Details

Ruching details are also big right now – especially on sandals with thick, ruched straps and on slingbacks with the backstrap being thick and ruched. Flats with rouching details are also quite popular, as are booties with ruching details.



Bows are everywhere on footwear this fall, and they’re not just for little girls. Find them on peep-toe pumps, boots, sandals, slingbacks and more. The bigger the bow the better. They’re a fabulous way to dress up your look for more formal occasions, but don’t underestimate how cute they are with a casual jeans and white button-up ensemble.


Olive Green

Olive green is the biggest color for this season. It’s turning up in boots, slingbacks, loafers, flats, and more. Switch up textures. Olive green goes with a lot of colors and is more of a neutral than you might think. Consider swapping it out where you’d typically wear tan or brown footwear to add a little pep to your step.


Which is your favorite fall footwear trend?

Ronda Bowen

I have been working as a full-time freelance writer and editor since 2008 when I decided that while I rather enjoyed philosophy, the Ph.D. program I was in was not a good fit for my life goals. Since then, I have published many papers and articles, started two blogs, worked as a senior editor for a magazine, served on the board of a start-up non-profit organization, and walked across fire.