Let’s face it. Fall fashion is all about the shoes. After months of flip flops, Birkenstocks and various open-toed silhouettes, it’s time to embrace the cooler weather and stylish footwear that comes with the season. The air is crisp, there’s no snow on the ground (yet), so let’s break out the boots, flats and loafers that embody Fall dressing. Get your fix at these footwear destinations, all just a stone’s throw from Wagner Battery Park.
Ferragamo: It doesn’t get more classic than this longstanding Italian leather goods house. With an outpost at Brookfield Place, Ferragamo is arguably the leader in designing loafers, boots, flats and heels that feature expert artisanal craftsmanship, the highest quality Italian leathers and the most precise attention to detail. Its signature Mason Bit leather loafer is the official shoe of Wall Street traders, while its ladies driving slides are collectible items among the Upper East Side set. These lovelies don’t come cheap, but they last a lifetime.
Aldo: Looking for fun, fashion forward footwear that won’t break the bank? Check out this trendy retail chain featuring of all kinds of shoes that appeal to a stylishly youthful consumer, with the price-point to match. Aldo riffs off designer collections and serves up whimsical, bold styles in a myriad of colors and silhouettes. The retailer doesn’t go deep on quality, but if you need that last minute strappy sandal, a cute flat or a stylish slipper to for your morning coffee run, Aldo might be worth a peruse.
Modell’s: This traditional sporting goods store has way more to offer than shoes, but if you’re eyeing a new sneaker – whether for performance or street cruising – it might be worth wading through the soccer equipment to get there. Modell’s offers a wide selection of Nike, Adidas, and Asics as well as more stylish sneakers like New Balance and Converse. You can also prepare in advance for the inevitable New York blizzard with its selection of Timberlands and various boot styles.
Saks Fifth Avenue: The high-end luxury retailer offers everything you’ll need for Fall, including jeans, coats and sweaters. But its recently renovated shoe floor is everything. Need a sky-high over-the-knee boat in various hues of black, brown or fire-engine red? Little suede booties for your ankle skimming pants? Or what about the classic ballet slipper or newest Gucci loafer of the season? From Jimmy Choo to Miu Miu to newer designers like Aquazurra and Charlotte Olympia, Saks has your luxury shoe needs covered.