Shiny Shoes: Fall’s Metallic Trend

Metallic is here, and this time around, it’s here to stay. Everyone from major street style stars to busy students on the run have been spotted rocking these dazzling shoes that add a fun and creative twist to footwear styles we all know and love. It’s a trend that certainly leaves more than enough room for you to get creative with. See how a little touch of metallic can add a lot of glamour to your look.

The Sneaker

Steve Madden ‘Bertie’ Sneaker / $69.95

Sneakers used to be the pair of shoes you throw on if you have nothing else to wear. But those times have passed. Upgrading the sneaker with a simple addition of metallic is one trend that is an ideal reinvention of a staple. They’re perfect for refreshing your go-to street style look. You can rely on Nordstrom and Asos to always have top-notch metallic sneakers in stock.

The Loafer

Topshop ‘Karter’ Loafer / $115


Sporting loafers are already a fashion risk that people are afraid to take, because they can easily look matronly, but metallic loafers – now that’s a different story. Metallic when applied to loafers is an edgy twist on the traditional version, which will build a bridge for those somewhat hesitant to cross over to the daring side. For a great selection of metallic loafers to pick from, stop by shops such as Lord & Taylor, Topshop and Cole Haan.

The Wedge Sandal

Sophia Webster ‘Rizzo’ Bow Metallic Wedge / $650

Wedges are considered a closet essential, which means getting your hands on a pair of metallic wedges is a must. Everyone needs an eye-catching pair of metallic wedges for when you need a polished yet fashionable look, so this is the one time you’re being encouraged to jump on the bandwagon. And if you decide to do so, DSW, Betsey Johnson and Neiman Marcus have you covered.

The Block Heel Ankle Boot

Crosswalk ‘Preto Eclat Leather Boot’ / $158

The metallic block heel ankle boot is a perfect pairing that brings attention back to a classic shoe silhouette. You can buy them in gold, silver, rosegold and these are only a few of the options available. But whatever you decide to go with, with these boots, you’re bound to make a fashion statement. Need metallic block heel ankle boots? You’re in luck. Check out Nasty Gal and Barney’s New York.

The Classic Pump

Steve Madden ‘Primpy’ Pumps / $99.95

Out of all the shoe styles, the pump is always the most difficult to modernize. Luckily, adapting it to the metallic trend is a guaranteed success. Not only will the perfect pair of classic metallic heels bring an unexpected pop of color to the simplest outfit, but it’s also an original take on this elegant, timeless style. You can find metallic heels at Macy’s, Lulu’ and Steve Madden.

All in all, metallic shoe styles are dramatic, bold and eye-catching, which means that metallic shoes are the only way to go this season. Boots, sneakers, loafers, wedges or pumps — the choice is yours. With metallic in the picture, there’s no way you could make the wrong decision.

Sherah Ndjongo is a staff writer. Email her at

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