The One Transitional Shoe You Need To Take You From Summer To Fall

by Eliza Florendo

With September in full swing, it means one thing: It's time to get your fall wardrobe together. From sweaters to jackets to shoes, the changing of seasons are always such an exciting time to get a new look together, and the slingback is the perfect transitional shoe to take you from the heat of summer into fall foliage.

Though it may be difficult to let go of summer, the fall and winter seasons have so much to offer, too. Sure, you can't just comfortably leave your house in a crop top, sandals, and some denim cut-offs, but there's the promise of warm drinks, holidays, and last, but not least, cozy fall fashion.

There's a reason fashion week starts in September and that the September issue of fashion magazines are the biggest (literally in page length) throughout the calendar year. For the majority of the world, January marks a new start. In the fashion world, it's all about fall, marking new beginnings.

It's not just your clothing that gets an update, though — it's shoes and accessories, too. With the first day of fall around the corner, it's time to ditch your sandals (unless, of course, you're wearing them with socks) and replace them with boots and the biggest autumn shoe trend: the slingback.

Made popular by mothers, grandmothers, and the Mad Men era, slingbacks have long been known for their functionality rather than style. But it's quite the opposite. Now, the grandma/grandpa look is trending, making the slingback the perfect shoe, thanks to its functionality and style.

Below, shop the best slingbacks this season.

The Sleek Black Slingbacks


DVF Mortelle Slingback Heels, $248, dvf

Love the red on this one, too.

The Suede Slingback


Electric Suede Heel, $60, Modcloth

A pop of color is always refreshing.

The Comfortable Slingback


A2 by Aerosoles Track Pad Women's Slingback Dress Heels, $70, Kohls

A practical option.

The Designer Slingback

Manolo Blahnik

Linen Carolyne Slingback Heels, $350, Marissa Collections

Manolos never go out of style.

The Block Heel Slingback


Anthropologie Tied Slingback Heels, $148, Anthropologie

A block heel makes this extra practical.

The Sassy Slingback

Jon Josef

Snakeskin Moda Slingback Flats, $100, tnuck

This one will go with absolutely everything.

The Statement Slingback


Ludlow Slingback Pump, $110, Nordstrom

Luckily for you, there are eight different colored versions of this one.

The Sweet Slingback


Sabine Suede Pointed Toe Bow Tie Sling-Back Heels, $235, IF Chic

A little sweet bow in the back.

The Party Slingbacks


Slingback Kitten Heel Shoe, $57, ASOS

Party shoes.

The Patent Slingbacks

Kate Spade

Mercer Slingback Pump, $328, Nordstrom

And in patent.

The Badass Slingback


Wide Fit Chain Pointed Heels, $39, ASOS

Oh yes, loving this chain.

The Timeless Slingback


Texture Pointed Slingback Shoes, $60, Mango

A cream beauty.

It's slingback season, people! Time to get your hands on a pair and stunt all fall season long.