There is no debate to be had, fall is the greatest season of the year. [Editor’s note: There is absolutely a debate to be had.] With skies graying and weather in flux, your entire wardrobe is unlocked with the need for hoodies, shorts, T-shirts, and flannels shifting faster than the autumnal winds. But in order to build the perfect fit, you need to start with a solid base on your feet, so here are our favorite shoes for all of the fall festivities.
Jordan 1 Low Fragment x Travis Scott
Simply put the Air Jordan 1 Low Fragment Design x Travis Scott was one of the most highly anticipated collaborations of 2021 and even with its late summer release this shoe is still among our favorites this season. Its black and royal blue overlays are reminiscent of the dark nights that the autumn brings us, while its Cactus Jack-inspired yellowed soles and backward swoosh resemble the fading coloring that the fall brings. Using the classic Jordan 1 silhouette to house this well-executed design, the Air Jordan 1 Low Fragment Design x Travis Scott can easily be paired with the seasonal hoodie and shorts combo, or with that quintessential fall flannel.
New Balance 2002R Protection Pack Rain Cloud
When we think about the fall it brings to mind images of grey skies, muted colors, and misty mornings. There is something calming about waking up early to see each day slowly fade closer to the inevitable chill of winter. The New Balance 2002R Protection Pack Rain Cloud is a shoe that emanates this fall energy. Its grey mesh and tonal jagged suede upper matches those muted autumn skies, while the reflective New Balance logo makes us think of the frosty morning dew in the fall. The NB 2002R Protection Pack Rain Cloud is not just one of our favorite pieces of footwear this fall, the shoe itself is the manifestation of the fall feeling.
Jordan 1 Retro High Pollen
Halloween week is here and as pumpkins populate porches, branches drop leaves at faster rates, and the moon rises earlier with each passing day, it is finally starting to feel like peak fall. There may not be a shoe that better objectifies this specific time of year than the Jordan 1 Retro High Pollen. The shoe’s Pollen overlays and swooshes provide a golden pop against its pitch black tumbled leather upper, summoning images of fall leaves against the dark autumn skies. The Jordan 1 Retro High Pollen has that vintage feel that brings back memories of trick-or-treating, nights of mischief, and hot cider from Halloweens past.
adidas Yeezy Foam RNNR Ochre
Fall is a time of transition and movement. We are starting to think about the holidays, while also trying to enjoy the unique activities that the fall brings us, from jumping in leaf piles to dipping a freshly made donut into ice-cold cider. Regardless of how you are planning to spend your fall this year, the adidas Yeezy Foam RNNR Ochre will provide you with the perfect footwear for the occasion. With its extremely comfortable one-piece EVA foam construction this shoe is perfect for anyone on the move whether your daily itinerary includes staying on top of your holiday shopping or going for a walk through the park just to appreciate the distinct colors of autumn. Not to mention with its golden Ochre shading, this shoe fits in perfectly with the natural colors that the world gives us this time of year.
Jordan 3 Retro A Ma Maniére (W)
Calling the Jordan 3 Retro A Ma Maniére one of our fall favorites may not be giving this shoe high enough praise as it is one of the best we’ve seen this year. The Jordan 3 Retro A Ma Maniére has the flexibility to be a complimentary piece or the focal point of your fit. The combination of this shoe’s white tumbled leather, grey suede, and quilted satin lining fosters a feeling of comfort and timelessness that is akin to this time of year.
Nike Dunk Low Off-White Lot 1
The presence of fall means that winter is just around the corner, and this year Virgil Abloh managed to design a shoe that perfectly represents that change. The juxtaposition between the yellowed sole on the Nike Dunk Low Off-White Lot 1 and the crisp white upper provides the perfect symbolic transition from the golden tones of fall to the snow-filled winter that lies ahead. Of course, if you are not a cold-weather person and the thought of low temperatures is too much to bear, Abloh somehow manages to qualm these feelings of unease by including green eyelets that peak through the white reminding us that no season is here for long, so we might as well live in the moment and enjoy it for what it is.
Jordan 4 Retro Taupe Haze
October is upon us and the lush greens and clear blue skies of summer have begun to fade into the more reserved and monochromatic earth tones of fall. Enter the Air Jordan 4 Retro Taupe Haze, this shoe somehow manages to demand attention while still blending into the grayish hazy backdrop that the changing fall leaves provide. The cracked textures on the toe wrap, quarter, and tongue also feel seasonally appropriate as we enter a transition period where incoming cold winds begin to break through the warmth of the sun. The Jordan 4 Retro Taupe Haze is durable enough to handle any of your fall plans from a trek through a corn maze to a Halloween party in the city.
adidas Yeezy 450 Dark Slate
The fall is synonymous with spooky season and suddenly we start thinking about what may be lurking in the shadows around us. The adidas Yeezy 450 Dark Slate perfectly objectifies the darkness that we associate with this time of year. This monochromatic shoe features a simple two-piece construction with a Primeknit upper and a foam sole that appears as if it is gripping to the rest of the shoe with Freddy Krueger-esque claws. No matter where you are heading off to this fall, the adidas Yeezy 450 Dark Slate will make you look scary good.