Fall Footwear Preview Featuring J Shoes and 80%20

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We’ve just unearthed summer sandals from the depths of our closet, and already we’re coveting fall footwear! Take J Shoes, to start. We recently swung by the ACE Hotel to get a sneak peak at their fall 2010 and spring 2011 collections. They hit the sweet spot with vintage-inspired styles (many crafted by hand) at a price point that sings.

Next season, expect rugged beauty with refined details from this niche leathergoods brand. The Lotti line boasts a fetching multi-colored stacked heel and braided detailing, while the Canter line evokes American Western with killer fringe and riding boot hardware. The Belle line, though, takes top prize, mixing the over-the-knee look that’s all-the-rage with a funky banana heel and plaid interior fabric that be can folded over.

J Shoes began as a men’s brand, and the fall footwear for the gents is even grander. At the ACE, they premiered brogues in waxed leather, moccasins, two-tone military styles, boots of the utility, biker and mid-cut variety, and more. We wish these came in women’s sizes, too!

Next stop for hot-steppers was the 80%20 shindig at Panda Bar last Tuesday night. Designer Ce Ce Chin was fêting her company’s five year anniversary. What began as a limited run of hand-painted sneakers sold at Steven Alan has emerged an international darling and downtown footwear fave. This spring, 80%20’s Molly sandal became a Gilt Group bonanza, going down as one of the luxury discount site’s fastest selling accessories ever. 80%20 also plans to open a flagship location in NYC next spring.

For the celebration at Panda Bar, 80%20 set up a visual timeline of past and present collections with a storyboard of lookbook images. Their current Bonnie wedge lace-up set the scene for summer, with a zillion designers following suit. And, of course, there’s the Molly…if you can get your paws on remaining inventory. For fall, look out for 80%20’s super-cool boots with hidden wedge heels – a genius solution for stylish gals on the go. This funky, directional brand is totally taking fall to new heights.