It’s mid-season and I’m pretty impressed with the ped choices out there this year. There is definitely a wider selection of attractive footwear for us fussy-footed gals who require a combination of lower heels, arch support, soft leather, roomy toe boxes and spongy footbeds. 

Here is a roundup of versatile and comfortable Autumn shoes that I’ve had on my clients. The styles, levels of comfort, and prices vary. Remember to click through all the colour options. 

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  1. Aerolsoles Heavy Metal Animal Print Pumps: These pumps are so lightweight that you can barely feel them on your feet. The ultra soft leather strap positioning is interesting and prevents them from slipping off. Size down half a size. Both animal print patterns are divine. 
  2. Sam Edelman Petty Bootie: I have linked to this bootie before because it’s comfortable, dramatic and well made. It’s your answer to an animal printed cowboy boot that was made for bootcut jeans. 
  3. Rockport Mary Cap Toe Bootie: The clean lines, great colour and block heel appeal to me. Especially modern when worn with streamlined dresses and skirts. 
  4. Indigo by Clarks Mary Margaret Bootie: Sleek, simple, modern and no-nonsense. Great with just about all Autumn clothing, both dressy and casual. 
  5. Indigo by Clarks Elise Cully Pump: This retro heeled oxford with cut-out detailing looks amazing with fun hoisery, skirts and dresses. Love the burgundy colour option.  
  6. Clarks Orinocco Dip Bootie: A rugged look that will go the distance. Great for casual gals on the go. 
  7. Clarks Diamond Empire Bootie: This bootie has a somewhat Victorian vibe and fits neatly around the ankle.  
  8. Dr. Martens Sara Heeled Oxfords: The graphic integrity of these oxfords launched me into orbit. The height of the heel with platform is unexpectedly comfortable and the footbed is soft. Like all Docs, they are well made and robust. These will soon be mine. 
  9. Dr. Martens Nettie Chelsea Boot: The most refined Docs I’ve seen. Clean, casual and versatile. If they weren’t quite so high, they would also be mine. The fit is snug so you might need to size up one size. 
  10. Born Jailyn Bootie: These booties have straps that streamline the ankle, so dainty ankled gals should give them a try! The metallic colour option is fabulous. 
  11. Born Waverly Heeled Oxfords: l like a classic heeled oxford with brogue detailing, and this one fits the bill if three inch heels are your thing. 
  12. Kickers King Heeled Oxfords: I wore Kickers as a child in the ’70s on non-school uniform  days. It’s great to see the brand revived so be sure to peek at their assortment. Kickers makes fun footwear, of which these casual oxfords are no exception. 
  13. Stuart Weitzman Puffystuff Pumps: If you’re after extra comfy low heeled tan patent pumps, try these. They are worth the investment. 
  14. Stuart Weitzman Roadhouse Boots: Stunning. Mr. Weitzman knows how to make soft, walkable, and well made footwear that’s a cut above the rest. 
  15. Fidji Alea E872 Bootie: Edgy. Fidji shoes seldom disappoint, and their high comfort factor is the best thing about them. 
  16. Fidji Abira E909 Slip-On Oxford: I adore it’s little one and a half inch heel and turned up nose. I prefer the taupe, but they look edgier in black. 
  17. Fidji Acacia E899 Zipper Oxford: Another great little flat oxford from Fidji with interesting inset strap detailing. Spunky.  
  18. Halogen Lynden Pump: This type of sandal can be worn in Autumn with socks and hose if that look tickles your fancy. 
  19. Anyi Lu Jiver Pump: Anyi Lu makes beautiful shoes that are usually soft and low heeled. This three toned oxford is both lady-like and arty – perfect for a dressy office environment.  
  20. Style & Co Mookie Booties: A great vegan option. Super comfy and flattering on the leg line because of their sleek silhouette. One of my clients has made these her 8-hour “run around the whole day” shoes for Autumn.  

Most of these shoes will accommodate orthotics, especially if you size up half a size. Waterproofing spray works wonders, as do good socks and the addition of a soft insole.

Booties are the way to really update your wardrobes this season. If you aren’t yet wearing booties with skirts and dresses, I hope this encourages you to give it a try.

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