5 Key Trends | New Season Footwear | Autumn Winter 2022 (Part 1)

Here We Go! The Chill is in the air as the soft tendrils of morning mist serve as a welcome reminder that Autumn Winter 2022 has officially begun! As the runways seduce us with a tantalising collection of new season styles, we’re excited to share both its freshness and its originality with you! Highlighting an ostentatious mix of colour with a renewed focus on fashionable footwear that is both versatile and bold, this season delivers an eclectic mix of mouth- watering styles providing a seamless transition from day-to-night. Whether you require a ‘cute and comfy street style’ for a morning coffee catch up, or a ‘bold and bespoke statement shoe’ for a night on the town, there’s plenty to choose and no time to lose, so let's dive in!

In the first of a two-part blog series; entitled '5 Key Trends | New Season Footwear | Autumn Winter 2022 (Part 1)' the Finn Footwear editorial team have reviewed some of this season’s ‘Lust Have’ trends that will leave you totally ‘smitten’ as you indulge in some much-deserved footwear retail therapy!

1. Preppy Classics - Loafers

The loafer was a huge fashion must-have earlier in the spring and this trend is set to continue, extending well into the 2022 Autumn Winter season. In their top recent predictions for Autumn Winter 2022, Harpersbazaar.com features loafers as one of ‘The 6 Best Fall Shoe Trends to Shop this Season’.

“Loafers, Mary-Janes, and Oxfords are all back on the runways. This fall, consider styling them with a sleek suit for the office, or try with a mini skirt or jeans for something more casual.”

    Whether your personal loafer preference is ‘Chunky/Platform’ or ‘Fashionable Flat,’ the loafer is huge this season bringing a sharp sartorial look to your Autumn Winter fashion. For many, the attraction of the loafer is that it is a great transitional shoe as cited earlier in the year by Ebony-Renee Baker from refinery29.com in her feature write-up '18 Loafers for Spring (If You Can’t Commit to Heels Yet Either)'The loafer…

    "Not as casual as a trainer, but much comfier than a heel"

    Echoed elsewhere across many style fashion features published recently on the web, one style writer from the Gloss.ie (2021-2022) describes the loafer as follows:

    Loafers have been a mainstay of our autumn wardrobes for many years now, but over the past year the perennial classic footwear style has been given a modern update. Chunky yet sleek loafers are now the go-to style thanks to luxury brands like Prada and Celine. Worn with everything from dresses, jeans, and your workwear suit" 

    Stylecaster.com (Jan 2022) also endorses the Loafer as a key footwear trend this winter '6 Winter shoe Trends for when you can’t Bear a Boring Boot' by Bella Gerard and Olivia Marcus.

    As part of our 2022 Autumn Winter Finn Footwear Collection, we are delighted to feature two varying loafer styles from Marco Tozzi and Tamaris.

    Flat and Fashionable

    Our striking Tamaris Ladies Slip on Loafer Style 24301- 29 252 comes in a sharp black patent silhouette. The linked chain detail across the upper adds a level of sophistication to this already very chic style. The Tamaris ‘Touch it’ insole technology makes this loafer a super comfy all day long comfy option.

    Tamaris Ladies Slip on Loafer Shoe 24301-29 018

    Want to switch things up? Then this loafer is also available in a fresh Pale Grey Patent style 24301-29 252. The contrasting silver chain hardware on this upper adds to the elegance of this timeless classic.

    Tamaris Ladies Slip on Loafer Shoe 24301-29 252

    Chunky and Funky

    If you prefer to be bold and make a statement this season, then our Marco Tozzi Ladies Slip on Chunky Loafer style 24705 29 378 is a must-have addition to your winter shoerobe collection. We love this dressy chunky slip-on loafer which is very much on trend for Autumn Winter 2022. Pepper is one of the season’s hottest new neutral shades which will work with any colour outfit. Perfect with skinny jeans or palazzo pants, or chunky tights with skirts and dresses! Rock the edgy casual loafer look this Autumn Winter to stand out in one of the hottest new season trends!

    Looking to change it up a little? Then this Marco Tozzi loafer is also available in a Cream Patent Combination Style 24705 29 417. This shiny cream patent upper is in perfect contrast to the black chunky sole creating that eye-catching monochrome look. This colour is sure to pop when worn with bright coloured socks and wide leg pants or pair with a mini skirt and block-coloured chunky tights for a high impact theatre style entrance!

    Marco Tozzi Ladies Vegan Slip On Chunky Loafer 24705 29 417

        If you want an alternative to the Athleisure trainer this season, that has the comfort of a shoe without the pain of a heel then make a pair of new season loafers a staple part of your 2022 Autumn Winter footwear collection!

        2. Knee-High Boots

        Boots are always a welcome addition to your Autumn Winter Wardrobe, they come with a limitless amount of heel types (block, Cuban, wedge, flat, stiletto, chunky etc), in an equal number of varying lengths (Knee High, Over the knee, mid-calf, or ankle). While ankle boots are still very much ‘in vogue’ this season many style writers agree that the classic knee-high boot is the firm winter favourite for Autumn Winter 2022.

        Marie Claire Magazine (January 2022) endorse the knee-high boot as this winter’s preferred length

        ‘Whether you fancy a high heel or the flat variety, a knee-high boot height is winter's preferred length. Wear them with knee-grazing dresses and winter coats in a variety of elevated prints’.

        Glamour and Gains recent fashion feature August 2nd 2022…. also give knee high boots a glowing endorsement for the AW Season as they emphatically explain…

        “Are knee high boots still in style 2022? Yes, Yes, and Yes! Women’s knee-high boots were all over the runways for Fall Winter 2022-2023…. Knee high boots have taken over from ankle styles for 2022. While ankle boots will always be a wardrobe staple and aren’t out, the shoe du jour is the classic or platform knee high boot”

        Two of the 10 knee high boot styles trending for 2022 is

        1. Classic Black (can’t go wrong with this go to style!)
        2. Slightly square toes

        As part of our Finn Footwear Knee-High Boot collection, we are delighted to present our Caprice Range. Coming in 3 different styles all knee-high length, we have choices for those who prefer a comfy casual knee high or a more sophisticated stylish option.

        Style 25517 044 by Caprice is a smart elegant knee-high boot. Combining two of the most prominent knee-high boot trends for this winter, this style comes in Classic Black (also available in Café Brown style 25517 306) and has a square edge toe box.

        Caprice Ladies Knee High Stretch Boot 25517 044

        This boot incorporates the CAPRICE ANTISHOKK technology based on better heel cushioning. The air chamber heel system developed by Caprice cushions your step by more than 50%. With the CAPRICE ANTISHOKK Technology you effectively protect your spine, intervertebral discs, and joints. Inherent in the design of this boot is the stretch shaft. Stretch elements discreetly integrated into the design ensure a high level of comfort without compromising on the look. The upper easily adapts to the individual shape of the leg. 

        Caprice Ladies Knee High Stretch Boot 25517 306

        The square toe effect is very much ‘on trend’ this season, whowhatwear.com emphatically state in their article. 'Your Definitive Guide to the Shoe Trends About to Take Over In 2022'. 

        “We've still got a few good months left of winter, so if you're looking to get ahead of the trends and upgrade your boot collection, do it with a square-toe pair.”

        There’s no doubt that the combination of heel height, suede effect, inner zip and square toe finish adds an ‘edginess’ and ‘sassiness’ to this knee-high style that we know will be a real trendsetter this season.

        For a comfier casual option, choose our Caprice range style 25506-29. This boot comes with a block heel for added stability and is available in 3 colours: Classic Black style 25506 29 044, Ocean Navy style 25506 29 870, and Café Brown, Style 25506 29 306. As a stretch boot, this style is very easy to pull on and take off. The stretch fabric contours perfectly to the unique leg shape of its wearer providing a snug but comfortable fit.

        Looking for a flat black knee-high boot? Then Try our Caprice style 25512 27 044, suede effect in black stretch with the full Caprice Air Motion Insole for maximum all day long wearer comfort.

        Rieker delights all its loyal customers each year with a stunning array of winter boots and we particularly like this stretch knee-high leather upper boot Style Rieker style 78592-00. It comes with eye-catching buckle strap, side zip, short fur lining and thermoplastic Elastomer sole for all day comfort. Perfect when paired with skinny jeans, jeggings or mini skirt and chunky tights.  
        Rieker Ladies Knee High Stretch Flat Boot 78592-00

        Click Here to shop our full range of 2022 Autumn Winter Knee High Boots Collection.

        3. Combat, Military & Biker Boots

        According to whowhatwear.com Combat boots are taking over for 2022

        A subtle move on from the chunky track-sole boots that have dominated these past few years, combat boots are taking over in 2022. Reminiscent of the '90s grunge era, use them to add an edge to dresses or to contrast ecru jeans’.

        Many style experts are also in agreement including Daisy Jordan from wear.next.com (August 2022) 

        “Biker boots are making their worthy return for AW22”

        The Finn Footwear 2022 AW Collection has an endless selection of combat, military, and biker boot styles that will have heads turning and mouths gaping whatever the occasion. From luxury leather to funky and chunky, our stunning range of options will have your head spinning!

        If you want to splurge on this trend, then why not splash your cash on our Bugatt (previously known as Bugatti) laced up full grain leather ankle boot in gorgeous autumnal cognac shade Bugatt style 5693W (Also available in Black). This stylish but sophisticated combat style ankle boot has a soft leather upper with a soft padded footbed for added comfort. The crocodile heel counter, decorative gold zip and functional side zip means you’ll rock the smart casual combat look this winter with confidence. Pair with skinny jeans or a midi flowy dress, chunky tights and long sweater cardigan for the ultimate smart causal look this season.

        Bugatt Ladies Combat Biker Style Leather Ankle Boot 5693W

        Of course, one of the most attractive reasons this trend remains so popular is that you can wear the military/biker/combat boot with just about everything. The editorial team at Gloss Magazine or Gloss.ie describe it perfectly when they state. The

        "Combat style might be the most versatile pair yet. Wear with everything from midi skirts and knitted dresses to straight leg jeans and an oversized coat"

        If you are looking for a shiny black patent military option then our Marco Tozzi Military Zip on Ankle Boot, style 25332 018 is the perfect choice for you. This eye-catching Military ankle boot in black patent features a decorated pearl adorned stud detail around the ankle upper and all along the eye stay. Its chunky sole, front and side zips and heel tab make this style the ideal pull on/slip on Military ankle boot that you can wear all day long. Rock an edgy funky vibe this Autumn Winter Season in a pair of these 'hip trendy' boots. Pair with jeans, leggings, or long flowy dresses for the ultimate fashion statement.

        Marco Tozzi Ladies Military Zip On Flat Ankle Boot 25332 018

        In keeping with the Military style black boot offering, our Caprice Laced Military Ankle Boot style 25203 022 is just the pick for you if you wish to splurge and treat yourself to a premium leather offering this Season. Putting a glamorous spin on a classic military style boot, this lace up ankle boot from Caprice comes in shiny Black Nappa with a lug sole making it a real conversation starter! The  inner zip makes for easy access. Black Nappa leather has a soft buttery type texture serving as a nice alternative to black patent for those of you who still want a bold but sartorial look in a combat military style boot. As an added bonus this boot has a removable footbed allowing it to be replaced with special insoles. The Caprice Airmotion technology in the insole ensures optimal air circulation and ideal foot climate in every step. Be bold and stand out this season in these 'must-have' military style boots by Caprice.

        Caprice Ladies Military Style Laced Ankle Boot 25203 022

        Consistent in style and colour for a striking Biker look is our Remonte Ankle Boot style D8670-22 in brown (also available in Black style D8670-01). The stud detail along the eye stay together with decorative ankle zip and chunky heel absolutely convinces as a compelling biker boot option this season!

        Tired of the regular black and tan options? Our Remonte Biker ankle boot, style D8671-12 in stunning petrol blue with chunky sole, laced up frontal and double inner and outer zips for easy access shows that a biker boot is a convincing wearable footwear option for just about everyone this Autumn Winter!

        Remonte Ladies Flat Double Zip Biker Ankle Boot D8671-12

        FAQ -2022 Autumn Winter Footwear 
        1. How to style Combat/Military Biker Boots?
        Undoubtedly one of the season’s most versatile styles, the classic combat/military/biker boot range can be worn with everything from mini skirts and knitted dresses to straight leg jeans and an oversized coat. It’s totally up to you what type of vibe you want to rock this season!

        2. Which Boot Heel works best for you?
        There are a limitless amount of boot heel types including Block, Cuban, Wedge, Flat, Stiletto, Conical, Coma, Chunky, Lug, Platform, etc), so it is not surprising that choosing the best option for you may result in a few headaches! Keep this essential tip in mind when looking at different heel types. What do you want the boot for? Is it for a dressy night out on the town in which a stiletto, or conical heel shaped boot might be the preferred choice. Or are you searching for a more functional casual option for all day wearer comfort? If this is the case you could try a chunky heel with a cleated lug sole. As an alternative why not choose a sturdy but stylish wedge heel? A wedge heel is always a great choice as a transitional footwear option since its combination of style and comfort makes it a 'favourite to wear' for those of you who wish to bridge the gap from day to evening.
        3. What are the key footwear trends for AW 2022
        AW2022 footwear trends include everything from Knee-High Boots, Lug Sole Boots, Combat, Military and Biker boots, Silver Embellishments, Square (as opposed to rounded toe) finishes, Ballet Flats, Furry Shearling Detailing, Casual Sneaker/athleisure, Sky High Platform heels, Preppy Loafers, Berry, Olive and Mocca Shades!   

        We hope you've enjoyed reading our Blog Post. Stay tuned for (Part 2) in our blog post series 5 Key Trends | New Season Footwear | Autumn Winter 2022. Coming soon.....

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