An absolute extravaganza of shoes paraded down fall runways this year in virtually every imaginable color, material, shape, and height. The prevailing rule is: There are no rules. So if you love it, by all means wear it. Here are affordable options for five of the standout shoe trends this fall to whet your shopping appetite:

Metallics • Burnished, slick, or sparkly. Gold, pewter, or silver. The fall runways were illuminated by the glint of a silver platform, the sheen of a gilt ballerina flat, or the glitter of a gold encrusted stilleto. Whatever style you choose make it metallic this fall.

Step It Up For Fall: 5 Affordable Shoe Trends

RUNWAY: Miu Miu, Fall 2011 • Sigerson Morrison, Fall 2011
REAL LIFE: Jessica Simpson Waleo ($89) • Seychelles Secret Boot ($99.95)

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Heeled Loafers • Kick up the classic loafer a notch by amping up the heel. High heel loafers are perfect for the office, the library, or just lunch with the girls.

Step It Up For Fall: 5 Affordable Shoe Trends-Heeled Loafers

RUNWAY: Jill Stuart, Fall 2011
REAL LIFE: Mia Newberry Pump ($49.99)

Mash-Up • This season’s shoes are a collage of materials, mixing leather and canvas, crocodile and suede, inserting a pump into a gladiator flat. It’s all about unexpected combinations and reworking familiar styles.

Step It Up For Fall: 5 Affordable Shoe Trends-Mash-Up

Prada, Fall 2011 • Emilio Pucci, Fall 2011
REAL LIFE: Sam Edelman “Zoe” Boots ($200) • Carlos by Carlos Santana Fortune Bootie ($64.95)

Chunky Heels • We can all walk a little easier now that chunky heels have made a return. No one looks fabulous teetering on the brink of a stiletto disaster. Chunky heels elongate your legs just as well and they provide a much more solid foundation.

Step It Up For Fall: 5 Affordable Shoe Trends-Chunky Heels

RUNWAY: Casadei, Fall 2011
REAL LIFE: Nine West Devika ($89)

Unexpected Pops of Color & Bursts of Embellishment • Give your LBD an instant boost by stepping into an exquisitely adorned pair of heels. Or let a pair of royal blue oxfords breathe new life into your classic tweed trousers.

Step It Up For Fall: 5 Affordable Shoe Trends-Unexpected

RUNWAY: Philip Lim, Fall 2011 • Diego Dolcini, Fall 2011
REAL LIFE: ASOS MALCOLM Suede Punch ($60.34) •  Sam Edelman Lorissa ($159.99)