5 Basic Shoes That Are Anything But

There are two kinds of minimalists. There’s the minimal minimalist, whose closet is a curation of conventionally neutral shades, clean cuts, and thoughtfully selected bold accents. And then there’s the maximal minimalist, whose wardrobe is just as chic and effortless to piece together, except her definition of a basic involves intense colors, intricate prints, and unapologetically daring details. For all intents and purposes, our interpretation of goes-with-everything fall footwear is for the latter of these ladies.

Together with Coach, we broke it down to five classic trends remixed with a modern edge. For instance, check out traditional loafer tassels on a metallic kitten heel or a sleek, pointed-toe bootie strung with built-in jewelry. We'll argue that these far-from-expected shoes are also basics in their own right — able to adapt to any ensemble in your fall arsenal. That is, of course, depending on how you define the B-word. Ahead, five styles that are cool, quirky, and likely to be this season's most-worn pairs.
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The crisp, white sneakers you wore all summer get a moody update for fall. This navy shade is an alternative color option that complements colors both similar and on the opposite end of the color wheel. And that ancient rule about not mixing black and blue? Couldn't be further from the truth.
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Though the most minimalistic of styles in our lineup, this pair makes a strong case for everyday shoe jewelry with its bead-chain trimming. And we're into it.
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Leopard has always been recognized as a neutral in our book, and this updated, drip-design version is no exception. To top it off, Coach has added subtle rivets on this chunky-heeled style...because why not?
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As if loafers could be any cozier, add a touch of plush. These exemplify the fuzzy-shoe trend we saw all over the fall runways but in a more streamlined shape. You'll be slipping them on every morning — except maybe the rainy ones.
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In a three-part trend mashup, this style is the most unconventional of all neutral shoes. It has the tassels of a loafer, the kitten heel of a '90s style star, and the shine of a disco ball. With that said, it's just the kind of office-to-night-out look we've been missing.

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