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The Canyon boot by Trask, $495

Q: Lately I’ve been seeing some of my friends step up their game in the shoe department. They all seem to be getting adventurous in choices and colors and it looks pretty sharp. I’m usually quite conservative and stick with black or brown work shoes with my jeans but I want to try something new. Any suggestions on what I should buy this fall?

Such a good question! Whenever the air gets crisp and the leaves start falling you’ll notice that people start taking their style up a notch or two. Shoes are always an excellent place to start. Move those flip flops and loafers aside and if you see nothing but a collective blob of black, brown or tan then you are missing the boat when it comes to footwear. It’s time to add color.

Right now the trend toward blue shoes is still going strong. In fact, during Market Week in NY, a time when retailers view the latest designs and place orders for their stores for the following season, a variety of blue shoes were part of almost every collection. From loafers to wingtips to sneakers, everything was well represented in blue.

But if blue is not for you there are other options that can take your style up a notch without going crazy – cognac, muted green suede, or even just a different color shoe lace. The trick is to find that balance between adding subtle color without going overboard and looking cheesy.

Check out some of my selections for great shoes in the pictures below and if you have a men’s style question that you want answered then email me at Nicola@dtnycmag.com

-Nicola Harrison Ruiz*

*Nicola Harrison Ruiz is DOWNTOWN Magazine’s new Men’s Fashion and Lifestyle editor. She is also a men’s style consultant and founder of Harrison Style. She gets asked a lot of questions from men about what to wear and how to wear it, and she’s always up for the challenge. Got a style question? Don’t be shy, ask.

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HADLEIGH’S, Suede Boot

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BOGA, The Bossman Wingtip Boot in Oxblood, $625

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BOGA, The Fulton Brogue, $425

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The Oxford Boot by Just A Men Shoe.