Best Bet: Black Leather Slipper

After years of treading around in the ubiquitous ballet flat, fall’s flat silhouette is the loaferlike slipper: still comfortable, for days when you want to give your heels a rest, but with a slightly nattier shape. Though they’ve been done up in velvet, glitter, metallics, and animal prints, it’s difficult to get much day-to-day longevity out of a wildly patterned shoe. Jeffrey Campbell renders the slip-on in classic black leather, so it can be paired as easily with bold color and prints as it can with neutrals. The 1.5-inch heel gives you a bit of a leg-lengthening boost and offers more pavement-pounding support than thin-soled flats.

Jeffrey Campbell black elegant loafer, $112 at Oak or online.