Boots

Tuesday Shoesday: Standout

Aldo Nyderrarien Sparkle Ankle Boot

I know it’s only the beginning of November, but my mind is already jumping ahead to the holiday season. And there’s no better way to accessorize for those seasonal celebrations than with a pair of sparkling ankle boots! This pair by Aldo caught my eye as I passed by the store window at the King of Prussia Mall. They are such a great statement piece. I love pairing shimmering footwear with simpler dresses because they stand out so much more. However, they didn’t come home with me because I had already gotten a sequin dress. One glitzy purchase was enough that day!

Tuesday Shoesday: Hear me Roar

Michael Kors Silvy Leopard Ankle Boot

This past Saturday, DSW had their second National Shoe Lover Day extravaganza. My first experience with this wonderful holiday was last year. And since I don’t work there anymore, I couldn’t pass up a chance to win free shoes. The excitement and energy is great, and the temptation to splurge on shoes is even greater than normal. So what did I score? These wonderful ankle boots by Michael Kors! Luckily, they were on clearance so I didn’t actually spend as much as I thought I would. I was thrilled when I spotted them in my size because they’re a great bootie for fall. They look fantastic with jeans and a chunky knit sweater!

Tuesday Shoesday: Heavy Furs

B Brian Atwood Taralle Fur Boots

If you’re as obsessed with TJ Maxx as I am, you probably already know about their Access Program. I love getting invited to shop at private parties, especially when they get truckloads of new seasonal items. You get first dibs on everything! I went this past weekend, and stumbled upon these magnificent boots. I just had to try them on. They’re chunky, furry, and totally bad-ass. Seriously though, I felt like an invincible woman of power while wearing them, most likely due to the six inch heel and heavy feel. But although they were fantastic, I definitely didn’t need another pair of boots, especially considering I already had two others in my cart! If they’re what you’re looking for though, pop into your local store and see if there’s a pair hanging out on the shelves.

Shoe of the Day: Rock ‘n’ Roll

Michale Kors Bryn Studded Ankle Boot

I’m not normally into the rocker inspired shoes, but these definitely caught my eye. I spotted them through the store window at King of Prussia and immediately walked in to try them on. The Bryn boot is definitely a statement-making pair with chunky studs and super high heel. They are undeniably hot! Unfortunately, if you have a higher than normal arch, they can be tricky to get on because there is no zipper. But have patience! I found that a thin sock creates a smoother experience. You can get these babies at your local MK store, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Dillard’s,¬† or on Zappos.

Tuesday Shoesday: Rockstud

Valentino Rockstud Ankle Boot

I love studded shoes, especially when it’s combined with a ladylike silhouette. The contrast between the two elements always gives the shoe an interesting look. I was never originally a fan of the Valentino Rockstud styles, the most popular being the t-strap pump, but it has slowly grown on me. I particularly love the styles that are not overdone, such as the amazing ankle boot above. I spotted these at Nordstrom during their sale and couldn’t stay away! The leather is amazingly soft, and they fit beautifully. They’re available in a couple colors, and my favorite is the dark red.

Tuesday Shoesday: Buttoned Up

Sergio-Rossi-Spats-Buttoned-Boots

Sorry about the low quality image (my hand was shaking at the awkward ankle). The tone does kind of suit the style of the boots though, doesn’t it? A bit of vintage touch. Anyway, I spotted these gorgeous Stuart Weitzman Spat boots at Nordstrom Rack for the amazing clearance price of $174 (compared to $695 retail). The gold buttons sparkled at me from the shelves and I just had to try them on. They are very comfortable, and extremely easy to walk in despite the height of the heel. There’s a lot of extra cushioning inside, and the thicker heel makes them stable. Although the deal was too good to pass up, I did put them back on the shelves because they were slightly too large on my feet, even with thick socks on. But if you’re lucky enough to snag them, they’re sure to get you many compliments!

Shoe of the Day: Straight-Laced

Sergio-Rossi-Embossed-Laced-Up-Ankle-Boot

I’m a sucker for ankle boots with interesting details…and the fact that these are made by Sergio Rossi (The Outnet) pretty much seals the deal. Those Italians sure know what to do with shoes! I love the asymmetric lacing on the heel, exposing the embossed texture underneath. I almost wish that the color peeking out from beneath the black was more vibrant, like cobalt blue or yellow. Either way, these are a stunning example of what a unique ankle boot should look like!

Tuesday Shoesday: For the Little Ones

Stuart-Weitzman-Babysnow-Glitter-Boots

I’m not sure if it’s because my biological clock is ticking, or simply the fact that my friend is about to pop, but I’ve been noticing all the little cute baby shoes out there, especially when I go shopping for baby shower gifts. I stumbled across these fabulous itty-bitty boots at Stuart Weitzman on Walnut Street in Center City. They were so adorable that I had to ooh and ahh out loud to the saleswoman. I have a feeling my future child will have the best shoes in school. But seriously…can I get these in my size too?

Tuesday Shoesday: Thigh High

Brian-Atwood-Kacey-Boots-Red-Express-Peacoat

Coat: Express | Bag: Kate Spade (similar) | Boots: Brian Atwood (in brown)

Remember that fantastic Brian Atwood sale I wrote about? Well here’s the amazing deal I managed to snag! I can’t tell you how long I’ve been looking for the perfect thigh high boots. I love how elegant an outfit can look with properly styled tall boots, not to mention they are great for lengthening the legs. What frustrated me the most during my search is that a lot of boots this high (for the price I was willing to pay) are crafted of man-made materials, which in my opinion don’t look as sophisticated. Another issue I encountered was that most styles I tried on went up just barely over my knees. Imagine my excitement when I spotted the Kacey on sale. As much as I wanted a pair of heeled leather thigh highs, the practicality and versatility of these suede flat-soled boots won me over, not to mention the fantastic price. I couldn’t wait to wear these, and immediately pulled them on when they arrived just two days later. It’s a good thing the weather isn’t warming up yet, I plan on wearing these a lot! If you love them as much as I do, the Kacey is still available in dark brown suede. I keep telling myself I don’t need them in another color…

Tuesday Shoesday: Staying Warm

Sorel-Joan-of-Arctic-Snow-Boots

I grew up with a lot of snow in my life. Living in NH as a kid and then choosing to go to the snowiest college in the country prepares you for the worst. These boots were my best friends for trudging to class during the long winters in Syracuse. I particularly love them because they don’t look like your average heavy-duty snow boot. Yes, they are a little clunky and big, but they’re also fun and cool. Sorel is pretty good at providing fashionable yet functional winter footwear for women, and the Joan of Arctic style is quite popular. I’m dying to get myself a pair of the reserve boots (always just a tad cooler than the regular) like these or these, but realistically, how many pairs of snow boots do I need?

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