by Staff Writer
One of the best parts of the back-to-school season is the excuse to shop for women's shoes. Keep the following suggestions in mind while you shop, and your back-to-school shopping spree will yield this season's hottest looks.
Mary Janes: Nothing says back-to-school style like a classic Mary Jane. This popular shoe is great for showing off femininity and fashion sense. Mary Janes feature a classic shape but can still stand out with brightly colored fabrics, shiny buckles or even multiple straps. Choose a Mary Jane when you want a fun schoolgirl glow for your grand entrance on the first day of class.
Boots:Whether you prefer an above-the-knee, knee-high, ankle or bootie style, boots are a must-have for every fall wardrobe. Boots can be paired with short skirts and tights, long skirts or pants to help you stay warm while keeping your image fashion forward. The right boots can be worn with virtually any type of outfit. Whether worn over jeans, under dress pants or with a skirt, boots maintain your fashion credibility.
Flats: When your focus is comfort, you'll never go wrong with flats. Ballet flats are consistently one of the most popular shoe styles because they manage to be both flattering and comfortable. Moccasins, clogs and Mary Janes are also top contenders, and a pretty peep toe will help you transition from summer to fall. Flats can be dressed up or down, so feel free to wear them casually or with a dressier outfit.
Sneakers: Sneakers aren't just for gym class anymore. Today's sneakers come in a variety of colors and textures, so they're more versatile than they used to be. Sneakers pair well with casual attire and can save the day when you're running to an early morning class. Make a personal statement with this season's newest trends: bright colors and fun accents, like jewels and animal prints.
Dress shoes: The dress shoe category covers a lot of ground. Depending on how you wear them, dress shoes can include heels, flats, wedges, platforms and nearly anything else. Dress shoes are an excellent choice for interviews, dates and other special occasions. Choose a pair that you feel comfortable with so you can wear them with multiple outfits; you'll save yourself the hassle of a last-minute shoe crisis.