5 Shoes for transitional fall weather

For this post I wanted to highlight a few pairs of flat shoes I’m loving for transitional Fall weather, and some petite-friendly boots I’m looking forward to breaking out this season! Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post.

1. Neutral Ballet Flats – 5 colors!
jeffrey campbell arabesque tan nude cap toe ballet flats
Ballet flats 5.5 (5 colors), Liverpool blazer xs petite, Levi jeans sz 25 (hems cut)

I’m loving the comeback of ballet flats and the color on these is even more lovely in person. It’s a slightly deeper, richer tan in person and is a great neutral alternative to my black flats. I also love a patent leather cap toe since it’s easier for my clumsy self to keep clean and un-scuffed than a more delicate smooth leather. While I did need to wear these a few times to break them in, the quality is nice and at a glance they look quite similar to my Chanel ballet flats.

Here’s another glance at these flats on me from a top-down angle.

2. Petite Friendly Tall Black Boots
schutz petite tall black knee high western boots
Schutz boots 5.5 (review), Zara jacket kids 11/12 (see here), NastyGal skirt 0P, Polene bag c/o

I got these boots a year ago and they’re one of my most stunning, petite-friendly slim fit black boots. The boots hit right below my knees and the shaft is a fairly close fit around my narrow calves. I went size 5.5 on these as the 5 was hard to remove, since the boot is pull-on style with no zipper.

These have a high 3.5″ + slim heel, however they also make the same boot with other heel options like a block heel. See how I’ve styled these boots with a blazer dress and with a simple little black dress.

For a flat black knee high boot, I haven’t yet tried but these boots look promising for petite customers with narrow calves! They’re listed to have a 14.5″ tall shaft and 13.5″ calf circumference.

3. Mary Jane Flats (similar style w/ elastic strap)

The Mary Jane is one of my favorite practical Fall trends. I love the sleek shape and thin strap on this pair, just note the leather is thinner and there isn’t much cushioning, so I added an insert for comfort.

Another black flat that I tried on and really liked is this Kenneth Cole pair that just went on sale! I had initially found them as a look-for-less for this Loeffler Randall pair on my wishlist. The Kenneth Cole flat also has a slender, flattering shape plus an elastic strap that’s easy to slip on and off compared to a buckle strap. I ultimately ended up buying the Open Edit pair since I personally like the narrow strap.

nordstrom black mary jane flats with strap
Mary Janes sz 5.5, Levi jeans sz 25 (hems cut), Sézane sweater xxs (my review)

See how else I’ve styled flats like this with a blazer, with a slip skirt and with ’90s style jeans.

4. Chunky Loafers
bcbg chunky black platform loafers how to style

These loafers were just restocked in several sizes and on temporary markdown! I know the chunky style look is not for everyone, but I love the little bit of edge they add to my simpler outfits. The reviews mentioned these ran a little big so I took a size 5 in these. See how else I’ve styled these loafers with a long sweater jacket, with a tweed jacket, with an oversized sweater and a striped tunic.

The chunky loafers take some breaking in, so for comfort, these non-platform Sam Edelman loafers cannot be beat and are still my go-to for longer periods of walking. I take a 5.5 in the Sam Edelman.

5. Petite-friendly Brown Tall Boots
petite friendly tall brown suede boots

I bought these boots earlier this year and am so happy with the petite-friendly fit on me, but be warned that they have very mixed reviews online. Some reviews say the calf is too slim and some say it’s too wide. I bought size 5.5 and you can see it’s a pretty good fit on me, so my hunch is the shaft size might increase disproportionately with each size. My size 5.5 pair measures: 13.25″ shaft height, and 14″ top circumference.

See how else I’d style these boots with a mini skirt or with leather leggings. PS – my oversized chunky knit sweater dress from last year is fully restocked and in a few other colors! I usually cuff the sleeves up once since they’re long on me.

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  1. Susan wrote:

    Hi Jean! I love the look of the Steve Madden brown boots, since it has a pretty high heel, do you find it comfortable to walk around in? For example is it better suited for in the office or could you wear it walking around downtown for a few hours? Thanks!

    Posted 11.12.23 Reply
    • Jean wrote:

      Hi Susan! In terms of heels in general, they’re not bad since they’re a thick block heel instead of a thin stiletto. But I rarely wear such high heels anymore except for events or notable occasions, so I would not choose these for strolling around the city for a few hours.

      I think it’s fine for an office or any other scenario where you can take sitting breaks throughout the period.

      Posted 11.14.23 Reply
  2. Ann Diaz wrote:

    Hi jean! Do u have tips on how to choose a petite friendly pair of boots? I’d love to find knee high boots or even over the knee boots for my 5’2” frame. Im just not sure how to find the right fit

    Posted 10.21.23 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Ann, unfortunately it’s very hard with limited petite friendly boot options. The best way is to go in store to a store like Macy’s, Nordstrom or Sam Edelman and just try several pairs on. If you plan to wear boots mostly with tights or bare legs versus over jeans or leggings, then dress accordingly when trying on different styles.

      If shopping online I always try to read details on the shaft height and circumference, or sites like Nordstrom let you search by narrow calf or wide calf. I hope this helps!

      Posted 10.24.23 Reply
  3. elena wrote:

    Hi There,

    Could you please post some knee high boots that are actually available to purchase. I cannot find the Edited Pieces boots (out of stock), nor can I find the Steve Madden (Anya) boots. Out of stock. Desperately looking for knee high boots that i can wear. I am 5 feet tall. Haven’t been able to buy knee high boots in many years. Thank you! Elena

    Posted 10.11.23 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Elena, it’s a very tough search with limited options sadly! If I find some, I always try to share early.

      I’d suggest checking for a restock in your size for the Anya, or searching on Nordstrom with the term “narrow calf boot” and then checking the reviews and measurements.

      Though I haven’t personally tried this pair mentioned in my post, they’re currently still stocked and seem promising for petite customers with narrow calves!

      Posted 10.13.23 Reply
  4. Sara wrote:

    Hi Jean!
    Especially love the all black boots and outfit!
    Are you planning to restock your EP knee boots this fall?

    Posted 10.4.23 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Sarah, sadly we were unable to get a restock in time for this year! Thanks so much for your interest and we’re hoping to bring boots back at EP next year xx

      Posted 10.4.23 Reply
  5. Xiang wrote:

    Hi Jean. I work at an Japanese bank in Boston and I required to wear skin tone pantyhose to work. I am an Asian woman and have very olive colored skin and I am struggling to find any pantyhose that match my skin tone and work uniform. Do you have any experience with skin tone pantyhose? Thank you and I love your blog.


    Posted 9.30.23 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi there, thank you so much for following along! Unfortunately I don’t think I have ever worn skin toned pantyhose so can’t share any suggestions here, so sorry!

      Posted 10.2.23 Reply

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