Ladies, variety is the word of the season when it comes to footwear. From high heels to flat shoes to boots, I’ve made the list of the top footwear trends just for you.

This season, be prepared to toss out the stilettos and replace them with a chunkier sort of high heels. Although I’ve always been a fan of the thin heel, I have to admit that I find myself welcoming the change. With a chunkier heel, available in a variety of heights, including a more vintage-looking, lower heel, walking to work is rendered that much more comfortable. If you desire a more retro glam look, opt for a higher heel. However, while I do enjoy a heftier heel, I’m a sucker for the classic pumps, which perfectly suit a workday’s outfit. For these heels, we’re yearning for a pointed or almond-shaped toe.

In terms of flat shoes, I’ve scouted out two main trends. The first - men’s smoking slippers - could already be spotted during the cooler summer days. If you choose to sport these flats, opt for an outfit made of lush materials, such as suede or velvet, and rich, darker colours. The cap to flat is another emerging trend of the season. A textured cap toe, adorned with rhinestones or spikes, adds a bit of originality.

Now, with the colder weather kicking in, I’m delighted to announce that the time has come to talk about boots. Although Julia Roberts has just celebrated her 45th birthday - and we wish her a good year ahead - this season is not about pulling a Pretty Woman and wearing black, thigh-heel boots. On the contrary, ankle boots are hot this year, whether appearing in a casual or dressier style. When it comes to choosing your ankle boots, the trends this season fit into three main categories: Western, “Beatle-esque” and motorcycle-inspired. Boots with a fringe on them have also popped up as a sub-trend.

As for colour, a red shade and leopard print represent the top trends for autumn 2012. Other seasonal hues include royal blue, dark turquoise and purple. Glitter is also a re-emerging fave.

All in all, autumn 2012 is about looking sexy, while keeping it elegant. Good luck with the shoe-buying!

By Aurelia Clavien - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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