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Fall Shoes: Vintage Chic

Retro, vintage chic, feminine, glam, opulent, and charm are just a few ways fashion experts are describing this fall's shoe trends.

Though there are several ways to go with this season's fashions, one thing is certain, the relaxed look is out. This fall, designers are taking beauty seriously, emphasizing a stylized revival starting in the 1950s and ending in the 1970s.

Expect woman's shoes to incorporate masculine fabrics on feminine silhouettes (ie. round-toe Mary Janes in tweed). Boots will have rugged accents like straps or laces, but be tempered with height, pointy toes or shapely, frilly frocks.

The latest trends are wedges, ballet flats, round-toe pumps or boots, and open-toe/peek-a-boo shoes. The latest in fabrics are animal prints, vibrant/textured skins, velvet, fur and all sorts of embellishments.

Regina Haynes, market director for Marie Claire magazine, visits The Early Show to discuss the following shoe trends:

Tweed pumps: This trend takes a classic menswear fabric and through detailing and embellishment turns it into a lady-like accessory for the fall. These shoes are great with everything from jeans, to trousers to a pencil skirt. They are very versatile since they mix a variety of shades, and textures. Texture is key for fall.

Featured shoes:

  • Manolo Blahnik $485 (blue tweed pointy-toe heel)
  • Heroes by Cesare Paciotti $325 (pink/grey tweed peep-toe heel)
  • Stuart Weitzman $300 (blue tweed pointy-toe heel with rhinestone detail)
  • Steve Madden $89.95 (purple tweed)

Animal prints/Leopard print: Good with either brown or black, or other solid colors. They are the new fall neutral. A tip would be not to mix with any other patterns. It's a great fashion trend that anyone can wear in any shoe.
  • Christian Louboutin $670 (will be sold in a 4-inch heel not the 5.5-inch that is shown)
  • Manolo Blahnik $545 (leopard print with peep-toe detail)
  • Gina $900 (leopard print ankle boot)

Round-toe pump: This is the newest shape for fall, very lady like, and a little bit vintage. The Nine West shoes mix several trends, the round toe with the tweed and the colored skins on the cap toe. Though round-toes are the NEW shape, a classic look is still pointy-toe-shoes. The round-toe looks great with a full skirt and a cardigan, or tie-neck blouse.

Featured shoes:

  • Cesare Paciotti $470 (purple velvet cap-toe with grosgrain bow detail)
  • Nine West $75 (here we have a mixture of trends (colored skin with the cap toe)

Colored skins: This a luxe look for fall. Exotic skins such as croc, lizard or snake, in great colors can immediately pump up your look. They can be pricey, but are a great investment. However, if you buy them in stamped croc or snake-skin, it is cheaper.

Featured shoes:

  • Celine $440 (brown croc)
  • Via Spiga $189 (hunter green stamped croc with the kilt detail). Also combines the sexy secretary look. They are great to wear with white jeans…especially when you are not taking yourself too seriously.)
  • Charles by Charles David $125 (purple stamped croc)

Boots (round and pointy-toe): These are examples of the equestrian trend this season. They are very versatile, and comfortable. These work well paired with a skirt or even over a pair of skinny jeans.

Featured Boots:

  • Christian Louboutin $1,195 (purple suede cap-toe with shearling detail)
  • Michael Kors Lace Up $755 (brown textured leather lace-up boot)
  • Michael Kors Suede $695 (dark brown)
  • Rockport $140

Flats: The new ballet flat has a pointy toe. These are very comfortable, and work great with a trouser or mini to a full skirt. They flatter the foot, without sacrificing comfort.

Featured Flats:

  • Delman $215 (green suede with the side cut out and bow detail)
  • Coach $180 (green patent with mod detailing)
  • Seychelles hounds-tooth $65 (with bow detail)
  • Seychelles burgundy $65
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