Fall 2021 fashion month has certainly been like no other. It was the first nearly all-virtual season, and designers looked both near and far, at home, to the mountains and even to the skies, for inspiration at a time when everyone is looking for guidance on what to wear and how to re-enter society once a new post-pandemic normal is established.

1. Chanel’s shearling snow boots

Leave it to Chanel to find the perfect balance of chic and cozy for a coming fall and winter that is still full of uncertainty. Statement coats, shorter hemlines and glitzy, provocative jewelry and accessories were met with very warm looking snow boots, done in both black and cream shearling, with a slight block heel and small gold logo ankle wraps that gave just a hint of polish to a shoe that just might become a definitive evening style six months from now.

2. Christian Louboutin’s slick Mary Janes

After a year of slippers, many high-heel wearers are missing their old shoes. The French designer picked up on that, imploring fans to dress up for their anticipated travel. But while the collection had his signature sky-high So Kate pumps, he also made sure to include lower heel styles, such as a block heel Mary Jane, which came in the same metallic lipstick-red glossy hue. Consider the shoe training wheels for the real heel.

3. Miu Miu’s Yeti boots

As the pandemic forced everyone to look to the outdoors, it renewed a global interest in skiing and other snow sports this winter — including in the upper echelons of fashion. Instead of its usual indoor runway show, Miu Miu went to the upper peaks of Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy’s Dolomites to stage its fall ’21 show, which had some of the fuzziest, warmest looking boots of all time, reaching all the way up to the upper thigh and worn with cozy looking knit leg wear and mini skirt to give the look some verve.

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