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The Hottest Fall 2024 Shoe Trends at The Atlanta Shoe Market

CEO Tinh Phung
More than 1,800 shoe brands recently showcased their fall collections at The Atlanta Shoe Market, attracting buyers from major retail chains and independent stores worldwide. Sneakers continue to dominate the footwear fashion scene, but they...

More than 1,800 shoe brands recently showcased their fall collections at The Atlanta Shoe Market, attracting buyers from major retail chains and independent stores worldwide. Sneakers continue to dominate the footwear fashion scene, but they are now becoming bolder with unexpected combinations of bright colors and materials. From fuzzy details to eco-friendly elements, companies like Flower Mountain and Greats Brand are pushing the boundaries of casual kicks. Vionic, celebrating its 10-year anniversary, presented a modern update to its classic walking shoe.

Vionic walking shoe fall 2024 Vionic’s OG walking shoe has a bold new look for fall 2024. (Image: Jennie Bell for FN)

While sneakers are still in high demand, brands are also banking on consumers' willingness to diversify their shoe wardrobes. The trade show featured an array of styles, including kitten heels, pumps, clogs, hikers, and Western boots. Comfort remains a priority, with customers becoming more discerning. As Ayelet Lax Levy, president of Naot USA, and founder of Ayelet by Naot, mentioned, people have learned during the COVID era that their feet don't have to hurt all day.

Kittens & Flats

The kitten heel and flats trends, which gained popularity last fall, are still going strong. Brands are finding innovative ways to refresh these styles while prioritizing comfort. Vionic introduced a cap-toe ballet flat with arch supports and a deep heel cup, specifically designed for older customers. Schutz added studs and bondage-inspired lacing to slingback flats, while Cecelia New York infused bright colors and oversized bows into their pointy-toe flats and kitten heels.

Cecelia New York fall 2024 flats kitten heels Cecelia New York fall 2024 flats with oversized bows. (Image: Jennie Bell for FN)

The Hot Colors

While black, brown, and gray typically dominate the fall/winter season, brands are breaking away from the norm by embracing a taupe shade this year. Suede wedge boots by Andre Assous, clogs and booties at Birkenstock, and laced brogue boots at Aetrex embraced this unique color. Another attention-grabbing hue was wine, which added a sexy touch to classic silhouettes like Chelsea boots and penny loafers. Schutz and Ecco were among the brands that incorporated this deep red tone into their collections.

Ecco Sculpted Boot Fall 2024 Ecco’s croc-print fall 2024 boot had one of the season’s hot colors. (Image: Jennie Bell for FN)

Outdoor Inspo

Gorp-core, the trend that emerged during the COVID era, is here to stay. Brands like All Black, Rieker, and Earth are embracing the hiker look and seamlessly blending fashion with functionality. Water-resistance and lug soles are key features in their designs. Sperry, renowned for its boat shoes, has added laces and a neoprene bootie to its Torrent rain boot, making it a versatile choice for any occasion.

Sperry Torrent laced boot fall 2024 Sperry’s new laced version of the Torrent boot debuts for fall 2024. (Image: Jennie Bell for FN)

Western Flair

Contrary to speculations, the Western fashion trend is not fading away in 2024. In fact, it's getting even stronger with the influence of Pharrell Williams and Beyoncé. Cowboy boots and hats continue to make a bold fashion statement, with bling becoming a significant element, thanks to Taylor Swift's rhinestone-embellished tour ensembles. Brands like Dingo and Very G predict that young women will embrace this Western flair with enthusiasm.

Very G denim embellished cowboy Western boot fall 2024 Very G’s embellished denim cowboy booties for fall 2024. (Image: Jennie Bell for FN)

As we approach the fall season, these trends are shaping up to define the shoe fashion scene in 2024. From bold sneakers to comfortable kittens, and from unique colors to Western-inspired designs, there is something for everyone. Stay ahead of the curve and make a stylish statement with your footwear choices this fall.

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