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Put Away Your Sandals And Try These End-Of-Summer Shoe Styles

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While we hate to admit it, fall is right around the corner. For those who can’t get enough of the beach and the sunshine, the sartorial transition might be a hard one. But we’re here to tell you that there is one fantastic part about summer coming to a close: an excuse to buy a new pair of shoes (or two or three) – because you can't wear your wrap-around sandals in the cold and rain. 

Maybe you're lucky enough to live somewhere where the concept of cold feels like a myth, but if Game of Thrones has taught us anything, it's that winter is coming. No matter where you are. Although we'll have to pack away our criss-cross swimwear and cutout co-ords until next year, there are certain warm-weather looks that are perfectly suited to this awkward period between the end of August and mid-September when temperatures swing from hot and humid to cool and breezy multiple times a day. So make the most of your fluffy slide-ons while you can, but prepare your shoe closet for forecasts ahead. For these in-between-y weeks, there are four trends in particular we're loving that will keep your toes warm without completely encumbering your feet, meaning you can see out the summer in style. 

Take advantage of your last chance to wear our favorite late-summer shoe styles before bootie season officially begins:

Kitten Heels


First up is the triumphant return of the kitten heel, which the fashion set have been lapping up lately. Pair yours with a capri pant for a really retro feel, or give them a fresh finish with some frayed denim and a silky shirt
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Jeffrey Campbell Kitten Heel Mule - $60
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Mango Slingback Leather Shoes - $100
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Intentionally Blank Perf Mule - $100
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Front Row Shop Pointed Toe Slingback - $99
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Topshop V-Cut Mules - $100
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Zara Kitten Heel Mules with Bow - $40
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& Other Stories Kitten Heel Pumps - $125
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River Island Pink Suede Kitten Heel Slingback Pumps - $100
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Babouche Slippers


If you're feeling more flat-footed for fall, slide into a pair of pointed babouche slippers – maybe you picked some up while you were traveling through Morocco (or, at least, that's what you can say when someone asks where you got them to make you sound more exotic). Generally made from leather, these comfortable shoes come in all sorts of colors, from mustard yellow to millennial pink, and often with beautiful patterns painted or printed on – perfect for this season's OTT footwear trend.
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Free People Bexlie Pearl Loafer - $148
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Jeffrey Campbell Babouche Flats - $108
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Zara Frayed Flat Satin Slippers - $50
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& Other Stories Leather Slippers - $95
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Selected Alea Pointy Leather Slipper - $64
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James Chan Viola Flat - $210
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Zara Contrasting Silver Ballerinas - $30
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& Other Stories Espadrille Slip In - $85
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Loafer Mules


Similar in style but a lot sharper than a babouche, you can't go wrong with a chic loafer mule to keep your outfit polished, and your heels cool for an office or school setting. A plain design with a sleek buckle is the ultimate chic shoe, but why not add a splash of color to your workwear closet with an embroidered style or a pearl embellishment. 
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Urban Outfitters Driving Loafer Mule - $59
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Missguided Navy Jacquard Print Mules - $48
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Pretty Little Thing Beige Faux Fur Mule - $45
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Free People Brocade At East Loafer - $128
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Monki Loafer Mules - €25
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Boohoo Metallic Trim Slip On Mule Loafers - $32
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Nasty Gal Boys and Pearls Vegan Suede Loafer Mule - $45
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Forever 21 Floral Embroidered Loafer Mules - $35
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Metallic Sneakers


There are many people whose feet really feel the cold, and if you're one of them you'll likely want to leave nothing to the elements, in which case we recommend a metallic sneaker. Catch the last glimmers of sunlight on your kicks as you strut into September with cozy, stylish feet. 
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Tretorn Velcro Sneaker - $40
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Reebok Classic Leather Metallic Foil Effect Sneakers- $127
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Free People Luna Lace Up Sneaker - $200
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Airwalk Pearl Sneaker - $80
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Lacoste Metallic Sneakers - $135
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Forever 21 Metallic Lace-Up Sneaker - $28
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Free People Cult Platform Sneaker - $210
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ASOS Metallic Clean Lace-Up Sneakers - $26
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