One of my biggest fashion buzzes comes from a classic cut or style we all know and wear well made over by an unexpected material. This fall, it’s metallics. Forget black, berry or even emerald — your favorite shift dress minis, clutch bags and moto jackets are now in liquid silver, rusty copper, ornate pewter and quilted gold. And they are stunning. Silky. Even rebellious.
Even if you don’t have a thousand dollars to drop on a sophisticated star-shining cap-sleeve dress or the more than double that for a brazen draped-crotch leather jumpsuit, you can walk confidently in the metallics trend by investing in a pair of pumps, Doc Martens, booties or flats so shiny you can check your lipstick in.
Here, 14 metallics you won’t want to take off your feet long after the trend has faded back to black.
Seychelles Lucky Penny, $140 1 of 14
I can't stop staring at the pebble-y tarnished pewter leather of these Seychelles Lucky Penny booties. Perfect for dialing your regular black-on-black outfit up a notch on the rocker dial, add in a cuff leather bracelet, moto jacket, bad-ass smoky eye and IDGAF stare and you're all set.
Steve Madden Clydee, $99 2 of 14
Buttoned up with a flash of bad girl, these Steve Madden Clydee pumps turn your pencil shirt-white blouse client-meeting go-to outfit into something spectacular. Or scour the internet for a coordinating (not matchy-matchy) sleek-styled belt and turn your best good-ass jeans and a gauzy tee into a great date get-up. [P.S. If the just-under-a-hundy price point is comfortable for you, keep an eye on Steve Madden shoes. They consistently deliver on-trend styles that are comfortable - with padded inserts, anyway - and hold up well for a few seasons.}
Schutz Bismah, $220 3 of 14
Hit the metallics and pointy-toe shoe trends with these Schutz Bismah heels in nude(ish) and gold. They come in black, too, which I'd save to wear with a clingy black dress. But the nude works beautifully to bring new life to the wrap dresses you wear to the office, a prim suit or ankle pants and little cashmere pullover for a pulled-together look that's tied with a gold-coil whip.
Steve Madden Wresse Pewter, $66.99 4 of 14
I grabbed these Steve Madden Wresse Pewter on sale because they helped me transition my long-sleeved maxi dresses and colored jeans and tees into fall. But I won't tuck them too far away now that the cold weather is here because they are the perfect shoes to tote along on a warm-climate winter vacation or absolutely as soon as the sun shines bright enough to expose the toes.
J Crew Mirror Metallic Oxfords, $258 5 of 14
I can't pull off Oxfords with the jauntiness that Ellen or Olivia Palermo, but holy menswear, these J Crew Mirror Metallic lace-ups are tempting. Pair carefully with flouncy dresses, funky tights, knee highs or slim, dark denim or tuxedo pants (the quick tips here by Budget Fashionista will help you put that all together).
Donald J Pliner Dax Boot, $428 6 of 14
If you like your riders rough and want more emphasis on bold buckles than the metallics, these gold Dax boots by Donald J Pliner are the right fit for you. Easy to wear with jeans and a slouchy sweater every day of the damn week.
Rachel Zoe Franco, $325 7 of 14
If your best accessories are worn on your feet, you will want to step out in these Rachel Zoe Franco t-straps. The lipstick red leather capped off with bold snakeskin print toe with brushed silver heel make for one gorgeous pair to wear from work to an after-hours event.
Aldo Marlen, $130 8 of 14
Laced up, strapped down and not-too femme, these Aldo Marlen brushed boots are like a trusty old penny. Pull them on to toughen up a dress or play nicely with your beat-up boyfriend jeans.
Paul Green New York, $296.99 9 of 14
The confluence of a sleek-styled shoe with treads, menswear-inspired with a pointy toe and functional everyday shoes made copper all remind me why I love boots so much. These Paul Green New Yorks may be an more of an investment than you normally make in shoes, but they are so delicious, I bet you will get them down to pennies a wear before it is sandal season again.
Doc Martens Silver Pascal, $129 10 of 14
Coach Marah, $198 11 of 14
If you're dying to try the metallic turned but can't deny your preppy tendencies, these sweet Coach Marah slip-ons with the perfect gold bow and lots of glitter are just right for your pale-pink pedicured tootsies. Sweet with your favorite cardi and colored cords, surprising with anything you wouldn't wear to preschool pick-up or a Junior League meeting.
Touch Ups Tiara, $58 12 of 14
When I went to a formal event recently, I prepped my budget for spendy heels to match my (rented) designer gown. And then I saw the Touch Ups Tiara sculpted gold sandals and breathed a lot easier. For less than sixty bucks (that's right), I scored these snakeskin strappy numbers that look even more fantastic on the feet. Even better, with an added cushion at the ball of the heel, I danced for hours without any pinching, aching, burning or complaints. Love love love. On so many levels, love.
Jessica Simpson Leve, $49 13 of 14
Looking to shine up your favorite ballet slippers? Jessica Simpson Leve flats are comfortable, classic and, with the box toe and pleated detail, look more expensive than they are. They'll take your weekend outfits up a style notch and transition beautifully with work and play wear on Monday.
Tretorn Skerry Metallic, $75 14 of 14
You know it is time to trash the rain boots you've been trudging around in the sleet, snow and garden in for years and years. Make a splash with a simple, cute twist on the yellow classics with these Tretorn Skerry Metallic boots.