The season of crisp air, pumpkin spice and closed-toed shoes is just around the corner. September can involve a flurry of new purchases: school supplies, seasonal clothing, comfort foods and holiday décor. This fall, though, you can stick to your school-year budget and still soak in the spirit of the cozy days ahead—and maybe even pamper yourself, just a little.
Go ahead: put your feet up and get comfortable with these deals on shoes, socks and spa treatments, just begging to make your hygge dreams a reality on any budget.
Shoe Trends: These Boots Are Made for Walking
Gone are the open-air, barely-there sandals of summer. It’s time to say hello to your favorite statement shoes. You can find boots of all shapes and sizes to fit your lifestyle, but if you’re paying attention to trends, try these out.
Tall-but-Slouchy: Riding boots may never go out of the quintessential New-England stylebook, but for the rest of the country, slouchy heeled boots are the newest trend. From over-the-knee to calf-height, this style has all the elegance of riding boots with a more casual (and comfortable) appearance. It’s a win-win.
Ankle Boots: These shorter, easy-to-wear boots have been in vogue for the past few years, and this season is no exception. You can find ankle boots in a wide range of heel heights, but aim for a slightly-above-the-ankle fit for the most support in a heeled boot.
Unique Touches: Exotic leather textures like crocodile and snakeskin are appearing in full force across all boot silhouettes, if you feel like getting in touch with your wild side. Otherwise, you can find other unique qualities to set your new boots apart from the pack. From square toes to artfully-shaped heels to Victorian lacing and platform soles, Fall 2019 is the season for individualism.
Regardless of the shoes you choose, make sure you’re investing in your foot health as well as your fashion sense. Shoes aren’t worth years of resulting pain, no matter how cute or trendy they might be.
Sock Trends: Color, Fun, and All That Jazz
Do you ever look down at your feet and think that your socks match the weather: dull and gloomy and been through the washer a few too many times? If so, it’s time to spice up that sock drawer. Socks are the perfect accessory to get a little crazy with—even in the most formal work environments, socks stay under cover most of the time, but they’ll make you smile every time you come home and take off your boots.
Products like HappySocks truly live up to the name with fun designs that can bring a little joy to your seasonal-induced depression. Plus, there’s nothing to cure some cold-weather gloom like a good sale.
Spa Trends: Self-Care is Always In
In case you thought that pedicures were only for summertime, think again. Fall and winter are the seasons when your skin needs the most pampering. You might be keeping your toes under wraps this time of year, but all the cold and dry air can take a toll on the sensitive skin, especially on your heels. Keep your feet looking pristine all season long with a foot-focused spa package or short massage.
When the weather gets tough, the tough get lengthy foot massages.