Now that it’s becoming clearer which stores made which buys for Fall 2012, the real trends of the season are starting to emerge. (Runway trends are one thing, but if they don’t get picked up by retailers – like velvet from last fall – they’re over before they ever exist.) Of the things I’ve noticed happening in the footwear space so far, bow-back shoes and boots have to be my absolute favorite. It’s a detail that can be executed in a number of ways and that can lend a note of luxurious femininity to a variety of shoe structures and aesthetics, and everyone from Christian Louboutin to Alexander McQueen is doing it for fall. Check out our favorites so far after the jump.
Christian Louboutin Vampanodo Bow Back Sandals, $995 via Neiman Marcus
Alexander McQueen Bow Back Peep Toe Pump, $955 via Neiman Marcus
Brian Atwood Louise Bow Back Booties, $1000 via Neiman Marcus
Vera Wang Royce Bow Back Booties, $350 via Neiman Marcus
Alexander McQueen Bow Back Ankle Boot, $1195 via Neiman Marcus