The fall winter season is ideal for investing in a new in-trend pair of shoes. The fresh to cold season allows for richer materials and taller structured shoes, from Chelsea shoes to riding boots. The colours for the winter season are also powerful and vibrant for this fall winter 22/23 collections.
The fall winter 22/23 shoes trends
After years if “informal” dress code and years of pandemic that locked us down in the isolation of apartments and bound us to comfy sneakers, we have the desire to buy and wear the shoes that made us feel chic and trendy and properly dressed to go out or simply go back to the office.
We have seen some major fashion trends in shoes in the presentations of the fall winter collections:
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- Contemporary classics: ankles boots, Chelsea boots, Beatles boots
- Preppy is back
- Vibrant powerful colours
- Shiny embellishments
- Patent and waterproof
- High platforms shoes
- The sporty style: elevated sneakers
- Over the knee boots
These micro-trends are present in several big names of the fashion and luxury industry from Prada to Alexander McQueen. However if we dig depper into the shoe specialist brands like the Italians Doucal’s, Santoni, Tod’s we discover some macro-trends that are dominating the market this fall:
- Comfortable shoes
- Durability as a way of being sustainable
- Elegant but not too formal
- Light-weight materials
Contemporary classics: ankle boots
Talking about style, this autumn 2022 could be the right time to buy a new pair of Chelsea boot or Beatles boot. What’s the difference between them?
Let’s go back in time and see how chelsea boots and their Beatles “brothers” were born
Chelsea boots have a plain shape, are easy to wear and fit almost everyone: this is perhaps the secret of the “chelsea” boot models, which are smooth, cover the ankle and are closed by an elastic band, without the need for strings or hinges.
Can’t you wait any longer? Here some addresses where you can buy the latest boots in Trends:
- Matchesfashion / Women’s / Boots >> Our recommendation: check out Marni, Brunello Cucinelli, Bottega Veneta
The chelsea boot design dates back to the mid-nineteenth century, to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom: she wore the chelsea boots in her spare time, finding them extremely comfortable. This shoe was an invention of her personal shoemaker J. Sparks- Hall. The ingenious idea was based on the use of Charles Goodyear’s vulcanised rubber to create a very strong elastic fabric, intended to wrap the shoe while still allowing a comfortable fit. This type of shoes were immediately used in the equestrian field and then soon spread throughout Europe.
The success was even greater in the sixties, in the environment of Swinging London, located between the districts of Chelsea and Fulham, where they took the name by which they are still known today.
the Chelsea boots
Loewe Chelsea Boot
Tod’s Chelsea Boot
The beatles boots
The Beatles boot are the “little brothers” of chelsea, and took their name from the famous rock group “Fab four”, because they were invented and commissioned by them, at the time of their first concerts.
They were created by a shoe factory based in London, but founded by two Italians, “Anello & Davide”, specialized in footwear for the entertainment world.
John and Paul wanted chelsea boots that in addition made them raise a few centimeters: hence, the idea of creating a slightly high but comfortable heel (the Cuban heel was chosen, used in dance shoes) and to make more narrow.
The “Preppy” is back in Fall 2022/23
The preppy style return marks the end of the informal and the beginning of the comfy-formal style: the derby shoe in the classic winter colours in fine leather and ultra-light sole is a must-have in fall 22.
The derby shoe is very similar to the oxford shoe, the most formal of the shoes, but slightly less formal and more comfortable. Derby shoes have a more relaxed look giving the shoe added diversity both in terms of how they are worn – smart or casual – and how they are made, suede being as popular a choice as leather. Unlike an Oxford, Derby shoe has open lacing meaning that quarters are stitched on top of the vamp.
Note the difference in the laces area between the oxford (first) and the derby (second). Image credits Oliversweeney.com
Loafers, derby shoes and monk straps are worth looking at this fall winter for an office look that will make you stand out and… tall
Tod’s leather loafers with rubber platform
Fratelli Rossetti Brera loafers
Buckle up the shoes this fall
The shoes with buckles are elegant and versatile.
Shoes with buckles, originally used in the Middle Ages and the Baroque age, are now back in fashion.
Shoes with buckles are elegant and therefore also suitable for days in the office. They look good both with an elegant trouser suit and with black jeans.
The women’s shoe with the buckle is particularly elegant both in the version with a single buckle (monk strap) and in the one decorated with two buckles (double monk strap). The best materials are suede and smooth leather in classic brown and black colors.
Women’s monk strap shoes
Monk-strap shoes for men
Sneakers are a part of contemporary fashion culture. From converse all star, which I used to wear back at school in the 90’s, to high end luxury brands like the Gucci collab with Adidas, Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton, every fashion brand is now offering sneakers in their collection.
This year we’ve seen a come back of the mid-top and high-top by Nike and Adidas and we talked about the best styles to buy in the 2022 in our previous post.
This fall winter 22/23 we have seen a change in the sneakers market, as we are moving away from the total informal look and moving towards an elevated, polished and refined approach to sneakers design. Here below some examples from the finest high end fashion brands.
Colours of winter
Colours are the new entry of this fall winter 22/23. Beside the classic black and white, we see bright colours entering the scene of winter. A bright color shoe is perfect to wear in bright colours even if you are not confident wearing red, yellow or other bright hues.
The over the knee boot… or socks.
From platform to combat boots, the over the knee boot is a latest piece to add to your shoe cabinet. This fall season you can choose from a variety of different versions and brands: the classic leather, with socks and the bright colors ones. Pics from stuartweitzman.com Courrèges, Dries Van Noten and Saint Laurent to name a few.