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Your summer shoes are likely obliterated by sand, rainwater, and that unidentifiable street gook by now — and let's be honest, that stuff should probably just remain a mystery. So it's the perfect time to do a full-scale closet cleanout and replace them with more weather-appropriate options.

We chose 13 of your best fall shoe bets, all of which pass the New Yorker test: "Can I walk 30 blocks in them without needing to hail a cab? Great." Here, find our favorite ankle boots, loafers, ballet flats, and more, plus where to buy them.

Photo: Driely S.

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1. J. Crew

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234 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 384-3027
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Pointed-toe lace-ups are the surest way to step up your flats game — just ask these glittery J. Crew versions, which have already sold out online. You may have some luck in store, though, but if not, they also come in equally cool snakeskin.
Glitter lace-up flats, $168

2. Topshop

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608 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10020
(212) 757-8240
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Get in on fall's coolest shoe trend without paying luxury designer prices at the British megachain, which carries tons of velvet booties, loafers, and monk shoes like these ones.
KREATIVE velvet monk shoes, $120

3. Dr. Martens

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868 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(646) 449-0086
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Doc Martens never go out of style (and they last forever), and this fall's no exception — we like these 1461s in a blue geometric design to give the classics an upgraded, tech-y feel.
1461 Tracer, $110

4. Rag & Bone

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104 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 727-2990
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We really don't need to convince you of the glory of Rag & Bone shoes, but just in case, we'll just leave these especially glorious python mid-heels right here.
Dixon boot in python, $550

5. Fly London

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375 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 647-7567
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Portuguese newcomer Fly London (nope, it's not from England) is known for its signature jagged-y edged, super-soft soles, but these lace-up booties are just as supportive — and cuter, too.
Balt booties, $195

6. Coclico

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275 Mott St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-5462
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Coclico's Nolita flagship carries the entire eco-friendly fashion brand's line of leather booties, ponyhair oxfords, and as of recently, these minimalist slip-on loafers that look like your sneaker's cooler older sister.
Golden flat, $365

7. Galeria Melissa

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102 Greene St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 775-1950
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Ballet flats are known for being the realm of the preppy girl, but Brazilian import Galeria Melissa give them a fun, fresh twist using its signature jelly material.
Melissa Ultragirl Sweet, $49

8. The Frye Company

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113 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-3793
If you're looking to invest in boots that only get better with time, a pair of Fryes is the way to go. It's even better if they're as flattering as these over-the-knee zip-ups.
Parker OTK, $498

9. & Other Stories

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575 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(646) 767-3063
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H&M's big sister brand carries tons of trendy platform oxfords, suede booties, and perfectly minimalist slip-on loafers like these. Bonus: nearly everything's under $200.
Chunky leather flats, $135

10. No. 6

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6 Centre Market Pl
New York, NY 10013
6 Centre Market Pl, New York, NY 10013 (212) 226-5759
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Never heard the gospel of No. 6's legendary clogs? Let us show thee the way. The Nolita boutique makes seemingly infinite iterations of the shoe style, including mules, platform sandals, fur-lined versions, and these simple slingbacks.
Closed-toe clogs, $305

11. Maryam Nassir Zadeh

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123 Norfolk St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 673-6405
We're keeping mum on the whole Mansur Gavriel controversy, because Maryam Nassir Zadeh's mules speak for themselves. While they'll render themselves useless once the snow comes, you'll have plenty of time to show them off over the next few months.
Penelope mule, $391

12. Shoe Market

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160 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 388-8495
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What brand doesn't this North Williamsburg boutique with a warehouse-like feel carry? From trendy, affordable options like Dolce Vita and Miz Mooz to higher quality brands like Rachel Comey and Frye, it's got a solid range of booties, heels, sandals, or these unique hybrids by Jeffrey Campbell.
Jeffrey Campbell Melina, $160

13. DNA Footwear

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208 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 398-2692
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When it finally comes time to shop for fall shoes that are less pretty and fun and more, y'know, seasonally mandated, this Brooklyn-based minichain is your best bet. Expect to find rain- and snow-friendly brands like Sorel, Hunter and Timberland.
Sorel Out n' About ankle boot, $76

1. J. Crew

234 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Glitter lace-up flats, $168
Pointed-toe lace-ups are the surest way to step up your flats game — just ask these glittery J. Crew versions, which have already sold out online. You may have some luck in store, though, but if not, they also come in equally cool snakeskin.
234 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

2. Topshop

608 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10020
KREATIVE velvet monk shoes, $120
Get in on fall's coolest shoe trend without paying luxury designer prices at the British megachain, which carries tons of velvet booties, loafers, and monk shoes like these ones.
608 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10020

3. Dr. Martens

868 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
1461 Tracer, $110
Doc Martens never go out of style (and they last forever), and this fall's no exception — we like these 1461s in a blue geometric design to give the classics an upgraded, tech-y feel.
868 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

4. Rag & Bone

104 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014
Dixon boot in python, $550
We really don't need to convince you of the glory of Rag & Bone shoes, but just in case, we'll just leave these especially glorious python mid-heels right here.
104 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

5. Fly London

375 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
Balt booties, $195
Portuguese newcomer Fly London (nope, it's not from England) is known for its signature jagged-y edged, super-soft soles, but these lace-up booties are just as supportive — and cuter, too.
375 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

6. Coclico

275 Mott St, New York, NY 10012
Golden flat, $365
Coclico's Nolita flagship carries the entire eco-friendly fashion brand's line of leather booties, ponyhair oxfords, and as of recently, these minimalist slip-on loafers that look like your sneaker's cooler older sister.
275 Mott St
New York, NY 10012

7. Galeria Melissa

102 Greene St, New York, NY 10012
Melissa Ultragirl Sweet, $49
Ballet flats are known for being the realm of the preppy girl, but Brazilian import Galeria Melissa give them a fun, fresh twist using its signature jelly material.
102 Greene St
New York, NY 10012

8. The Frye Company

113 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Parker OTK, $498
If you're looking to invest in boots that only get better with time, a pair of Fryes is the way to go. It's even better if they're as flattering as these over-the-knee zip-ups.
113 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

9. & Other Stories

575 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Chunky leather flats, $135
H&M's big sister brand carries tons of trendy platform oxfords, suede booties, and perfectly minimalist slip-on loafers like these. Bonus: nearly everything's under $200.
575 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

10. No. 6

6 Centre Market Pl, New York, NY 10013
Closed-toe clogs, $305
Never heard the gospel of No. 6's legendary clogs? Let us show thee the way. The Nolita boutique makes seemingly infinite iterations of the shoe style, including mules, platform sandals, fur-lined versions, and these simple slingbacks.

11. Maryam Nassir Zadeh

123 Norfolk St, New York, NY 10002
Penelope mule, $391
We're keeping mum on the whole Mansur Gavriel controversy, because Maryam Nassir Zadeh's mules speak for themselves. While they'll render themselves useless once the snow comes, you'll have plenty of time to show them off over the next few months.
123 Norfolk St
New York, NY 10002

12. Shoe Market

160 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Jeffrey Campbell Melina, $160
What brand doesn't this North Williamsburg boutique with a warehouse-like feel carry? From trendy, affordable options like Dolce Vita and Miz Mooz to higher quality brands like Rachel Comey and Frye, it's got a solid range of booties, heels, sandals, or these unique hybrids by Jeffrey Campbell.
160 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

13. DNA Footwear

208 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Sorel Out n' About ankle boot, $76
When it finally comes time to shop for fall shoes that are less pretty and fun and more, y'know, seasonally mandated, this Brooklyn-based minichain is your best bet. Expect to find rain- and snow-friendly brands like Sorel, Hunter and Timberland.
208 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215