Celebrity Stylists Talk Fall Shoe Trends

Four fashion insiders predict which footwear looks will be hot — and not — next season.

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The fall ’13 runway shows have concluded, but it remains to be seen which of the looks will be a hit with the masses this season. Footwear News asked notable stylists (whose collective roster of clients has included Drew Barrymore, Halle Berry, Tyra Banks, Megan Fox and Mariah Carey) to peer into the future for a peek at the top trends in women's footwear for fall.

Here, Phillip Bloch and three other wardrobe gurus wax prophetic on heels vs. flats, "The Great Gatsby" and the momentum of menswear influences.


Hottest shoe looks for fall: "I see flats, flats, flats everywhere. Other than the fashionistas, real women are just rejecting the heels at this point. Especially living in New York, even those who will still be donning their heels will carry their little flats with them. The Meatpacking District is so not heel-friendly. Flat boots will be everywhere because they are a way to be edgy and they cover a lot of fashion mileage. Menswear-inspired heels, thigh-high boots with cutouts and open-toe booties [will also be big for fall]. Fur trim is everywhere."

Must-have colors: "Ocean-y blues are kind of out there. And in shoes we will see a lot of emeralds, coffee colors and wine hues."

Biggest influencers: "'The Great Gatsby' is going to have a huge impact, even though it is a little odd timing because it is coming out now after we showed fall already, but in the zeitgeist of the world, 'Gatsby' is a big fashion movie. I think it will actually [carry through to impact shoe styles in] 2014."

On the way out: Color-blocking and metallics on wedge sneakers. "It will be redefined to become more tone-on-tone, [because] people like a wedge and they want that comfort, so the idea works, but it is so overdone and it looks kind of cartoonish and too trendy right now. Whenever something gets too trendy it dies a quick death."

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