Your Black Fall Bootie Is In This Slideshow (So Come Meet Your Match)

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The thing about the classic black bootie is that, while the shoe is an essential fall staple, it has the tendency to get real old, real fast. We're not asking our beloved Chelseas to reinvent the wheel, but a shoe we wear almost every day should make our hearts skip a beat each time around. If you've lost that loving feeling with your old black bootie, it might be time to look for a new one — with some unexpected design updates. From a subtle embellishment to a whole new shape, finding a new take on an old classic can make your go-to shoe feel fresh each season. Ahead, we found 16 black bootie trends that you'll want to add to your rotation immediately.
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The Velvet Crush
Usher in the colder months with a bootie that makes your feet feel all sorts of fuzzy.
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The Anti-Basic Heel
Skip the boring block heel for something more off-kilter — this one's lucite, it's got a cut-out, and there's a visible screw.
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The Sheer Houndstooth
The classic houndstooth print gets a modern update with subtly sexy mesh paneling on this daintily heeled bootie.
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The Chunky-Heel Oxford
If you prefer your Chelsea boot to have more of a boyish charm, opt for a style that looks like a dude's dress shoe got a girly treatment.
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The Anytime Shine Bootie
A bootie with a lustrous finish innately feels a bit dressier, but this pair balances the shininess with a thick, wooden heel and platform. The result is a shoe that’s easily adaptable for day and evening. Look forward to skipping shoe changes all season long.
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The Chunky Platform
If both comfort and height are your jam, give these bonafide lugsoles a spin around town.
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The Working Woman's Shoe
Can you believe such a sleek, 6-inch lace-up could emerge from Timberland? This is the kind of shoe that does a lot of the hard work for you (and your outfit).
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The Subtle Colorblock
It's not until you see this puppy from the side that the teal suede really emerges. It's a cool way to add a rich hue amidst a typical fall palette of burnt oranges and browns.
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The Cutout Bootie
This pleather lace-up is a solid transitional shoe for anyone who's lucky enough to live in a warmer climate and thus get away with open-toed goodness.
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The Two-Toned Skimmer
If you can't make a decision about what kind of bootie material to go with, this easy strider has contrasting matte-black suede and shiny patent-leather layering.
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The Embroidery Explosion
Not like you needed another reason to hop on the '70s style bandwagon, but these embroidered booties are sure to put major spring in your step.
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The Sneaker Bootie
With such solid rubber tracks and a sturdy cap toe, these are comfy booties that are actually made for walking.
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The Witchy Heel
With intense lacing and a four-inch heel, this shoe perfectly straddles the line between evening pump and riding boot.
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The Studded Wonder
Sometimes, simple embellishments can take the plain black bootie to a cosmic next level.
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The Buckle Overload
This strappy bootie has both an Edward Scissorhands, gothic feel and a fancy, happy-go-lucky leprechaun vibe.
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The Classic Round-Toe
Nothing beats a goes-with-everything bootie. If a pointed toe is too gussied-up for your taste, opt for this unfussy style instead. Roll up your favorite jeans, slip this shoe on, and you're good to go.
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