​Trend Alert: Buckles

Published by Englin's Fine Footwear on 8th Nov 2016

Here at Englin's, we try to keep a finger on the pulse of the fashion world, because we know that the right shoes can make or break your trendiest outfits. Last time, we told you about the hot fall trend of metallic shoes. In this blog, we're talking metal again: Metal buckles, that is!

Buckles are more than just a way to strap your shoes onto your feet. Often, the buckles on shoes are as much about fashion as function—some even serve merely as decoration on a shoe with a different type of closure. At Fall 2016's New York Fashion Week, buckles were featured in a big way, gracing the shoe collections of Coach, Victoria Beckham, Jimmy Choo, Saint Laurent, Kendall + Kylie, and more. Fortunately, you don't have to pay designer prices to jump on the buckle bandwagon. At Englin's Fine Footwear, you'll find tons of fall boots and other shoes with stylish buckles. For your convenience, we've rounded up some of our favorite shoes with buckles to help you rock this trend.

1. UGG Janney

UGG Janney in Stout

UGG Janney in Stout. Also available in Black.

Classy and gorgeous, the UGG Janney is the perfect pick for a fashion-conscious woman. Crafted from sheepskin and supple leather, the Janney is a true work of art from the plush, wooly cuff to the regal 2½-inch wedge heel. Lace-up closure keeps the Janney secure, while a strap across the front buckles at the instep for serious style. But the Janney isn't all looks—it's also built to withstand the foulest weather. The leather upper is waterproof, and the outsole is made from White Spider Rubber for maximum durability and traction. Inside, the Janney features a brushed twill lining and an insole of Thinsulate™ lined with UGGpure wool that helps retain the foot's natural warmth.

Available in sleek Black and rich Stout, the Janney is an alluring addition to your wardrobe. Refined enough for dressier outfits, the UGG Janney complements skirts and dresses just as beautifully as jeans. Pair it with a midi dress and tights this fall, or pull it on over some skinny jeans and add a blouse in a warm color for a picture-perfect seasonal look.

2. Munro Dallas

Munro Dallas in Black Leather

Munro Dallas in Black Leather. Also available in Brown Leather.

If you're looking for a bootie that is bold and charming, the Munro Dallas is for you. This chunky bootie features decorative buckled straps for a look that is perfectly on trend. Leather from toe to instep with a suede shaft, the Dallas is intriguing and attractive to the eye. The rugged-looking, treaded outsole is make of ultralight EVA for all-day wear, while the cozy knit lining breathes and wicks away moisture to keep your foot comfortable and dry. A removable, contoured polyurethane footbed and riveted steel shank offer unbeatable support, so even if you're on your feet all day, the Dallas is a dream to walk in. The Munro Dallas is also made in the USA, so if buying American-made products is important to you, you can feel good about flaunting this fashionable boot.

The Dallas couldn't be more perfect for all your fall ensembles. Pair it with skinny jeans, a plaid button-up, and a stylish scarf, and you have a go-to outfit all season long.

3. Birkenstock Collins

Birkenstock Collins in Cuoio Leather

Birkenstock Collins in Cuoio Leather. Also available in Black Leather and Dark Brown Leather.

A low heel and buckled crisscross straps add moto flair to the smooth Birkenstock Collins. In addition to a convenient side zipper, this versatile ankle boot has a snap closure at the top, so you can wear it open on casual days or fasten it for a more put-together look. A classic Birkenstock footbed (minus the toebar that you see on their sandals) makes the Collins as delightful to wear as it is to admire. This supportive, contoured footbed is made of cork, which naturally molds to your foot over time for a customized fit. Read more about cork footbeds in a previous blog post.

The sleek, sassy Birkenstock Collins goes with virtually everything, making a fashion statement no one can argue with. With its low heel and graceful silhouette, the Collins looks great either over skinny jeans or under a wider-legged style, like bootcut or boyfriend. Leggings and an A-line dress elevate this chic bootie to a new level of elegance.

4. Naot Celesta

Naot Celesta in Black Madras/Oily Coal/Vintage Gray Leather

Naot Celesta in Black Madras. Also available in Toffee.

Unique on this boot-dominated list and new for Fall 2016, the Naot Celesta is a stylish slip-on that bridges the gap between a flat and a closed-back clog. Straps across the instep not only offer a trendy buckled look, they hide hook-and-loop closure for an effortless, adjustable fit. The Celesta's contrasting leathers and low heel make it a striking fashion piece. And like all Naot shoes, the Celesta is luxuriously comfortable. The heel cup, tongue, and technical lining are all padded for exceptional coziness that hugs your foot all day long. Plus, like the Birkenstock Collins, the Celesta houses a removable, ergonomic cork footbed that molds to fit your unique foot shape over time. Its polyurethane sole protects your foot while remaining pleasantly lightweight.

The lovely Naot Celesta is easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion and your personal sense of style. Wear it with everything from jeans to dresses and turn heads wherever you go!

5. Sperry Saltwater Misty

Sperry Saltwater Misty in Black

Sperry Saltwater Misty in Black. Also available in Black/Brown and Grey.

The Sperry Saltwater Misty, a taller and more rugged take on the popular Sperry Saltwater, is the ideal boot for that unpredictable fall weather. The duck boot-inspired Saltwater Misty features a shell of matte rubber to keep water out, so puddle-jumping isn't just for kids anymore. A lugged rubber outsole with Sperry's signature Wave-Siping provides superior traction on slick, wet surfaces to help you keep your footing. If comfort is your priority, a soft microfleece lining cuddles your foot in cozy warmth. A side zipper provides easy on and off, while ghillie-style barrel lacing and a buckled strap across the instep allow for a highly customizable fit. Finally, the Saltwater Misty's leather upper and soft, contrasting collar make it a joy to wear.

The cute and functional Sperry Saltwater Misty gives you an alternative to traditional rain boots. Pair it with a stylish anorak or classic trench coat to protect your outfit from the elements. Accessorize with a brightly colored scarf or umbrella to breathe life into a dreary day.

6. Clarks Gelata Siena

Clarks Gelata Siena in Tan Suede

Clarks Gelata Siena in Tan Suede. Also available in Black Suede.

If you want to take the buckle look to the max, the Clarks Gelata Siena is the boot for you. A western-inspired bootie with a gorgeous suede upper, the Gelata Siena features an artistically distressed heel and toe for that extra touch of style. The defining feature of the Gelata Siena is the trio of thin, buckled straps at the ankle, adding to the boot's chic sophistication. A zipper on the side makes it easy to slip into the Gelata Siena without a struggle. Let this fashionable bootie pamper your foot with a Cushion Plus with Ortholite footbed that makes every step as comfortable as the last. A chunky 2-inch heel elevates your ensemble from standard to stunning.

The Clarks Gelata Siena makes it possible to bring your flowing maxi dresses from summer into fall—just add a cardigan and you're good to go! The Gelata Siena also pairs well with your favorite jeans, whether you wear them over or under. A floral top in rich fall colors completes your relaxed yet stylish look.

7. UGG Evanna

UGG Evanna in Stout

UGG Evanna in Stout. Also available in Black.

Yet another appealing waterproof option, the UGG Evanna is the tallest buckled boot on this list with a 14-inch shaft height. The Evanna's sleek silhouette is comprised of rich, smooth waterproof leather and crisscross straps at the ankle for a look that is both classic and distinctive. UGGpure wool lines the inside to surround your foot in comfort, while a Pedair foam insole provides cushioning from underneath. The cork-infused Spider Rubber outsole provides traction to keep you upright and rebound to add a spring to your step. A side zipper runs almost the entire length of the shaft for ease of entry.

Tuck your skinny jeans or leggings into the UGG Evanna to show off this boot's exquisite height. The Evanna also meshes well with tights and a knee-length or shorter skirt. However you choose to style it, the Evanna is one boot that will make a fabulous impression wherever you go.

8. Dansko Shirley

Dansko Shirley

Dansko Shirley in Taupe Suede Leather. Also available in Black Nubuck Leather.

A vision in velvety nubuck or suede, the Dansko Shirley is a bootie with personality. A stacked leather wedge heel gives this ankle boot its feminine height without the discomfort of a stiletto, and the removable footbed inside increases its cushioning while providing arch support. The Shirley's buckled back strap wraps around the ankle for security and style, while a medial zipper allows for easy entry and removal. Below, a thermoplastic polyurethane outsole is light and durable to keep you on the move.

Try wearing the Dansko Shirley with a boho-style top or dress. Earth and jewel tones match best with this beauty of a boot. A pair of leggings or skinny jeans will add to the wedge heel's leg-lengthening effect, but you can also try rolling up the cuff on a pair of boyfriend jeans for a cute and casual vibe.

What do you think about the buckle trend: bland or glam? We like it because a well-placed buckle can take your shoes from forgettable to fashion-forward. Bring home one of these chic fall styles, or browse our hundreds of other shoes with buckles. This is one trend that can satisfy anyone's fashion sense, so try it out today!