Fall Trends: Animal Print Shoes | une femme d'un certain âge

A Walk On The Wild Side

Casual outfit with red sweater coat, jeans and leopard flats. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

While I don’t believe in wearing anything just because it’s trendy, I do see trends as an opportunity to find a better selection of the items we’d wear anyway. This fall, animal prints are a big trend and I’ve been seeing them everywhere. For someone like me who loves a good leopard print, that’s great news.

Leopard delivers a lot of visual bang for the buck, and a little goes a long way. And one of the easiest and most fun ways to incorporate a little animal print is with footwear. Above, the leopard shoes add a nice exclamation point to a simple outfit.

Sweater | Top | Necklace | Shoes | Jeans | Bag

When it comes to leopard or other animal print footwear, I prefer to stick to simple, classic designs without a lot of other embellishment. The print and/or texture is the statement here.

Walking Wild

Leopard print low-heeled chelsea boot. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

The leopard print on these sharp Chelsea boots is a bit more blended and subtle.

Matiko leopard print slingback shoe with round wooden heel. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

That shaped wooden heel on these slingbacks doesn’t compete with the leopard, but takes it up another level.

Animal print canvas slip-on sneakers. Details at une femme d'un certain age.Here’s a fun pair of slip-on sneakers at a budget-friendly price.


Classic loafers in animal print with gold hardware. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

A classic style like these driving moccasins helps keep leopard print grounded.

Ankle boot in grey leopard print. Details at une femme d'un certain age.Many of you have told me that you like leopard print, but need to stick to cooler colors. Here you go!

Cole Haan leopard print boots in grey. Details at une femme d'un certain age.And if you can handle a little more heel, these boots are totally gorgeous in person!

But I get it, leopard isn’t to everyone’s taste.

Reptile print d'orsay flats. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Reptile prints are also part of the fall animal print trend. A bit of pink softens the look of snake print on this d’Orsay flat.Munro slip on sneaker in black snake print. Details at une femme d'un certain age.In black and metallic, the snake print on these slip-ons is more textural and abstract.


Jeffrey Campbell croc-embossed loafers in Cognac. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Croc-embossed finishes are another popular interpretation of animal prints. I love the cognac color and the fun texture of these loafers.

Brown suede croc-embossed chelsea boots. Details at une femme d'un certain age.Even more subtle, croc gets the suede treatment.

Sies Marjan croc embossed navy patent loafer. Details at une femme d'un certain age.These are pricey, but wow, that navy patent finish!

Do you like to add printed or colorful shoes to your outfits?

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  1. Sandy
    September 6, 2018 / 2:50 am

    Every season. Every year.

  2. Elizabeth
    September 6, 2018 / 5:23 am

    I have always loved leopard prints! I have shoes, belts, sweaters, and scarves. I don’t wear more than one leopard item at a time of course. My favorites are definitely scarves and shoes!

  3. Laura
    September 6, 2018 / 7:21 am

    Great post! So many good options at all price points. Have not heard of the Sies Marjan brand–do you know anything about it?

    • Susan B
      September 6, 2018 / 9:19 am

      Thanks, Laura. I don’t, but am going to be keeping an eye out for it in stores.

  4. Nancy
    September 6, 2018 / 7:21 am

    I have a leopard print purse. I have the leopard print slip on sneakers. I usually wear them with black pants but they match well with blue jeans, white pants and khaki’s too.

  5. Susana
    September 6, 2018 / 9:11 am

    I bought a leopard print shirt before a recent trip to Europe. I was living out of a carry-on so wore it many times. Discovered I was more comfortable wearing it under a blazer or sweater where the print just peaks out, not center stage. Love your outfit suggestion.

  6. Judie Woods
    September 6, 2018 / 9:19 am

    Just ordered red sweater. I am going to wear with my EF black pants, French Kandee necklace and leopard shoes. Might throw a scarf on for later in fall.

  7. Rondi
    September 6, 2018 / 9:37 am

    Shoes and more shoes! Who doesn’t love shoes?! Thank you for featuring a shoe that comes in narrow. In fact the driving moc comes in narrow, medium, and wide giving all feet a chance for a good fit. I do love leopard print and I appreciate the ways you suggest to wear it. All subtle touches of the print! And even though I can wear the warm shades of leopard print I find myself drawn to the cooler gray prints too.

  8. Jane2
    September 6, 2018 / 9:58 am

    I never wore an animal print until a couple of years ago when I bought leopard print boots in France. They’re my favourite winter footwear..I “get” animal prints now.

  9. Lisa B
    September 6, 2018 / 11:10 am

    I have some leopard print haircalf slip ons that I purchased two years ago. but they’re a burgundy color. Last night while flipping through the Neiman’s catalogue they featured a girl with a chambray shirt, jeans and leopard sneakers. I ripped out the page as that is totally my look. Sometimes I need a reminder.
    Question: The Madewell jeans are great but are not available in petites. I’ve taken to fringing my own but do you know of any with the Madewell wash that come in petite sizing?

    • Susan B
      September 6, 2018 / 11:29 am

      Hi Lisa, as far as I’m aware none of the Madewell jeans are offered in Petite sizes. 🙁 J.Crew does offer several denim styles in Petite here: http://shopstyle.it/l/RLJc

      • Lisa B
        September 6, 2018 / 6:23 pm


  10. Julie
    September 6, 2018 / 11:24 am

    Thank you for this post! It reminded me that I have more lizard/snake/croc items that I can pull out for this season.

  11. Julia
    September 6, 2018 / 12:32 pm

    Love love love leopard shoes! In fact I love all your shoe choices Susan. I have always gone for coloured shoes and boots too and I am constantly amazed that more people don’t wear them!
    What could be more attractive than adding bright accessories to a black outfit for example? But most people are terribly conservative when it comes to shoes! Keep up the good work Susan, love your style!

  12. Paula Rutland
    September 6, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    Please share where you bought the beautiful gold earrings you have on in the picture of right of screen where you have on a green blouse and black sunshades pushed back on your head. Love them, and love your blog!

    • Susan B
      September 6, 2018 / 2:26 pm

      Thanks so much, Paula! These earrings are a favorite of mine too…here’s the link: http://shopstyle.it/l/RMlr

  13. Susan Bowdler
    September 7, 2018 / 12:54 am

    And for those of us, because of foot problems, can’t wear such pointed toes?! Love the leopard print, won’t ruin my now straight toes with pointed shoes

  14. September 9, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    I’ve had a pair of leopard print flats on my wish list for awhile already, but I have a very narrow foot and I haven’t found the right fit yet. I’m sure they’re out there somewhere!

  15. Linda
    September 5, 2019 / 3:08 pm

    Love fun shoes! Just bought red flats, have leopard canvas slip-ons and a pair of madras slip-ons that I’ve worn all summer.

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