Head Over Heels

We hesitate to play favorites, but when it comes to seasons, we always greet fall with special enthusiasm. This is due to a variety of reasons, and while it might seem frivolous, footwear ranks among them. We’ll admit it: At the first hint of a chill in the air we feel the urge to transition our wardrobes, which inevitably shifts our attention to shoes.

The above image, found in the Instagram feed of the endlessly chic Charleston, South Carolina boutique Hampden Clothing (shot by photographer Sully Sullivan and featuring hair and makeup by ABP makeup), perfectly illustrates why—autumn’s arrival means it’s time to put on a pair Rupert Sanderson velvet heels and enjoy the fresh September air with your best friend. Inspired by the new season, we went in search of fall-ready footwear throughout the TSG network; here are a few of our favorites:

A practical black shoe that doesn’t compromise on style is an absolute must. Clockwise from top left: Loeffler Randall “Lia” black and cream bootie available from Hampden Clothing in Charleston // Loeffler Randall “Rosa” oxfords available from Augusta Twenty Greenville, South Carolina // Vince printed python “nelson” sneaker available from Scarpa in Charlottesville, Virginia // Thierry Rabotin Zuma in black available from Embellish in Chattanooga, Tennessee // Loeffler Randall Lia leather ankle bootie available from Augusta Twenty // Coclico “Theresa” clog available from Scarpa // Vince Nina black leather flat available from Scarpa // Coclico “Diena” available from Arco Avenue in Jackson, Mississippi (this is one of owner Katie Miller’s favorites!).


Of course, we can’t always prioritize practicality. Sometimes only heels will do. Clockwise from top left: Vince Camuto VC signature “Yvonne” plunge peep toe fringe bootie available from Shoes on King in Charleston, South Carolina // Butter “Dutch” available from The Shoe Hive in Alexandria, Virginia // Rupert Sanderson Ravenna Ankle Strap Pump available from Hampden Clothing // Pura Lopez cross strap pump in black available from Scarpa.

Grey-hued shoes go with absolutely everything and make the wearer look effortlessly put together. Clockwise from top left: Trask “Anna” in pewter available from Embellish in Chattanooga // Coclico “Illite” in Fog available from Embellish in Chattanooga // Pedro Garcia “Palmer” in fox available from Embellish // Dolce Vita “Garnett” tall boots available from LeeLee Shoes  in San Antonio, Texas.

Our affection for animal prints has been expressed repeatedly on The Scouted Life. Simply put, we consider these a must. Clockwise from top left: Lottie gladiator heel available from Sassanova in Washington, D.C. // Matisse “Nugent” bootie in leopard available from Shoes on King // Bettye Muller “Warhol”  in leopard available from The Shoe Hive in Alexandria, VA // Charles Philip Leopard Smoking loafer available from Navy in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Everyone needs a go-to shoe that’s essentially a slipper. These All Black fur slides in beige, available from Shoes on King in Charleston, are both comfortable and must-have classics that will be at home in any closet.

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