Which Fall Shoe Trends to Invest In, as Told by Experts

Business in the front, party in the back, anyone? Jutting out from the sole of the foot, a perpendicular heel is an easy way to elevate any basic pump—one reason we chose this classically informed trend over others. On board with the minimalist shift in footwear is Chief Merchant at Moda Operandi, April Henning, who shares what she picked up at the Fall/Winter 2023 shows. “I noticed the sense of wearability and ease seen across New York, Milan, and continued in Paris, which speaks to the compelling balance of creativity and sophistication that reverberated throughout the runways.” 

Our editors plan to sport this reverberation in two forms—a stout kitten heel à la Tory Burch or a pencil-thin Ferragamo heel. Beyond aesthetic engineering, the angle of the kickstand heel provides extra stability—much like that of a bike or motorcycle. In combination with hued tights, fishnets, and fur, the kickstand heel only amplifies the power one feels when embracing this trend.