FALL FASHION FORECAST: CASUAL

by:  Tiffini Taylor

The leaves are changing, the air is a little cooler, and Labor Day has past. What does this all mean? It means Autumn is upon us and it is time for a shoe wear change. What are you doing this Fall? Going to Fall festivals, taking time to enjoy the beauty of color changing leaves, or going trick or treating in October. All of these activities have one thing in common, that is the casual shoe. Casual shoes are for comfort and can be a tennis shoe, a ballet flat, boots, or a loafer style.

When the air gets that morning chill, a great pair of loafers will be a comfortable choice for the day ahead. Whether you are going to a weekend Autumn festival or just going to work, loafers now come in a variety of colors and styles. A great pair of loafers can last from season to season and for years to come. Some great brands to try is Life Stride, Bass, Sperry, Pierre Dumas, Rockport, Sketchers, Johnston & Murphy’s, and Clarks of England.  The basic black or brown loafer goes great with khaki’s and a polo, just add a nice jacket to defend against the cool Autumn breeze. What better way to spend the day but in a comfortable pair of shoes from Houser Shoes.

Boots are on all the runways this Fall. Boots are the staple fashion item of this Fall. Any style or color will do. Gone are the days that boots are just for winter. Boots can bring a bit of flair to any outfit, especially if you are courageous and decide to go for colorful boots. Ankle boots, knee boots, calf boots, thigh-high boots, and cowboy boots are all great for this Autumn. Boot brands that are popular are:  Ariat, Laredo, Dr. Martens, Frye, Corral Boot, Minnetonka, UGG Australia, Pierre Dumas, Cobb Hill, Georgia Boots, Magnum, Old West, Muck, Chooze, Wolverine, Cole Haan, Clarks of England, Born, Irish Setter, Rocky, Timberland, Justin’s, Franco Sarto,  and Arturo Chiang. Autumn 2013 is the season of the boots!

Pull out your favorite pair of jeans and  t-shirt, grab a cardigan sweater and find your funky little ballet flat – the perfect outfit.  The ballet flat has been around for quite a while in fashion and will not be going away anytime soon. This is great because as every woman who has spent one hour in uncomfortable stilettos, the ballet flat has made our lives better and more comfortable. Many colors and many styles, with plenty to choose from every lady should have at least one pair of this must have style.  Some of these cute and spicy brands are Easy Street, Union Bay, Franco Sarto, and Pierre Dumas. Ballet flats are great in October when you are looking for that perfect pumpkin with a loved one.

The tennis shoe. Where would this world be without the tennis shoe? Autumn is a great time to wear tennis shoes, pair with jeans and a light sweater and go on that walk to check out the beauty of color of leaves. Besides, tennis shoes are great to rake leaves in and then jump into the pile of leaves!  Housershoes.com offers some great brands of tennis shoes such as:  Adidas, Sketchers, New Balance, Asics, Easy Spirit, K-Swiss, Converse, Grasshoppers, DC Shoes, and Keen.  Have fun in the leaves!

Autumn is a great time to enjoy the community in which you live. A great pair of casual shoes can be comfortable and let you enjoy the beauty of the leaves falling in all different colors. Fall is a time to visit Autumn festivals and discover new crafts , and apple butter.  Enjoy yourself this Autumn!