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A nice pair of shoes changes everything about your outfit. In our latest act of trend spotting, we asked Ben Earley, founder of luxury shoe company Paul Evans, about what’s buzzing in fall footwear, and he said the rubber sole is making an impact.
“Rubber soles, not aggressive and big, but more hidden, are definitely being highlighted for this fall,” says Earley. “We’ve seen a rise in popularity of a sleek low-profile rubber sole on a shoe that looks like it might be leather-soled.”
As for color, Earley says there’s a push to embrace brown shoes, not just black. He also lays some ground rules for picking the right color: “Darker greens or blues can constitute as black,” says Earley. “Deeper browns, like burgundy and oxblood, work great with your fall outfit’s colors.”
The crossover of traditional dress shoe designs onto boots is another trend seen across this season’s footwear. “Broguing, wing-tipping, and medallions are leaking from oxfords to boots,” says Earley.
Ready to put Earley’s advice into practice? Check out these six on-trend shoes for fall 2014.
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