Booties

Tuesday Shoesday: Green with Envy

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I’m not a big shootie person, I don’t really like how they look on me. Since I’m a runner, my calves aren’t exactly bird-like, and my personal opinion is that shooties look better on long, thin legs. Since the tops of shooties and short ankle boots end at just above or just below the ankle, they tend to make average legs look stumpy, especially if you have disproportionately small feet for your height (like me). So I generally stay away from them. However, I couldn’t resist trying on these Michael Kors Brena booties when I spotted them at Nordstrom Rack. They have an old-school Victorian feel, but they’ve been updated with modern metal accents, and I adore the deep green color. They looked as I expected on my feet, so they went back on the shelves for someone else.

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Boot Bounty: Top options for the fall season.

The first day of fall is only one week away! Is your closet ready for the coming chilly weather? Boot season is my favorite season. But knowing me, when spring season rolls around I’ll probably be saying that sandal season is my favorite. But either way, a shoe closet needs a good supply of each! 

For the fall, your best bet is a black knee-high boot. It goes with everything, from jeans and skirts to dresses and shorts. It can be flat or with a heel, with buckles or without, and in any material that you choose. I prefer leather, but there are many other options out there as well, including fabric, faux leather, and even rubber rain boots! Most of the pairs in my boot bounty list are leather and black (black boots are just so hard to resist), but you can find many more options on my favorite websites for shoe shopping (6pm, Zappos, Yoox, etc.) and at stores in your area. And even if you’re not looking to get boots this year, you can still feast on my list of styles to lust after:

Norma J. Baker (Yoox)
Tangerine (Yoox)

 Geste Proposition (Yoox)

Calvin Klein Avery (Piperlime)
Hooked yet? There are even more great styles to see!

 

Michael Kors Tamara (PiperlimeMacy’s, Net-a-Porter)
Lauren by Ralph Lauren Jeannette (Macy’s, Zappos)

 Schutz Aiyana (6pm)

 Aldo Pofadder

 BCBG Max Azria Nimber (6pm)

 Adrienne Vittadini Birdie (Amazon)

 Franco Sarto Talula (DSW)

 ASOS Kingdom

 Guess Verina (Amazon, Macy’s)

Louise et Cie Zavia (Lord and Taylor)

Sofft Alanna (Macy’s, Lord and Taylor)


Note: DSW does not pay me to write about shoes.

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Shoe of the Day: Channel some Chanel

Maiden Lane Blake (Gilt)
I don’t wear ankle boots or shooties very often because I don’t like how they look on my feet. I have small and narrow feet, and when I wear shoes that cut off at the ankle bone, they make my legs look a little stumpy, at least in my opinion. (Actually, I own one pair because they look great with skinny or straight-leg jeans.) Even though I don’t like wearing the style often myself, I do like looking at them; you can do so many interesting things to a bootie/shootie design. Styles range from simple and classic to edgy and unique. I personally favor the simple and classic styles. 
These darling little booties by Maiden Lane (a line owned by Gilt Groupe created specifically for Gilt.com) are quite stunning. And don’t they remind you of another designer? Chanel maybe? Chanel is known for their shoes with the iconic quilted leather and cap toe design. And at $99, these are just a fraction of the cost, yet they’re made of leather and look just as nice!

Shoe of the Day: Buckled Booties

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Even though temperatures are still very warm, fall boots have started popping into my head. Since it’s not quite chilly enough to wear knee-high boots yet, the Bravern ankle bootie by DV is perfect for the summer-to-fall transition period. They’re not quite what I would consider a boot (perhaps a shootie) because the coverage is more similar to a high-top sneaker. This particular pair is quite comfortable, with a zipper on the inside for easy on-and-off. I tried them on, but haven’t purchased them because it’s still fairly early in the season and I’m hoping for more styles to show up in stores. I’d really like a pair in black suede, maybe even with a slightly thicker sole.

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Zara’s Fall 2013 Shoe Collection.

Every season, Zara is one of the first mass retailers to provide us normal folk with current, on trend clothing and accessories which closely follow designs that were seen on the runways. Now that it’s September and the fall fashion season has officially begun, I decided to narrow down the extensive Zara Fall 2013 shoe collection to a few of my favorite pieces.

The beauty of the Zara brand is that they provide styles in various price ranges, making them available to a variety of customers. Unfortunately, this can sometimes determine the quality of the item. I personally don’t own anything from Zara (not yet anyway) because I’ve never found something that was worth the ticket price. And when things go on sale, they’re snatched up pretty fast. Perhaps I’ll own something from them someday, but for now I’ll just look to them for inspiration.

I love the simplicity of this ankle boot. It’s available in two colors, which both look very sophisticated and clean. It’s a style that will never look out of date.


Suede Flat with Bow $90
These flats are seriously the most adorable flats I’ve ever seen. The front reminds me of a pair of heeled pumps from Louboutin. I’ll definitely be looking for these on sale; $90 for a pair of flats, even if they are mostly leather, is still a bit too much in my opinion.


Lace-Up Ankle Boot $90
These shoes fall into the hybrid category that’s so popular this season. Part boot and part sandal, these can be worn for multiple seasons.


Pump with Ankle Straps $100


Rhinestone Flat $100


Ankle Boot Sandal $129


Flat with Straps $100
I love the unique strap detail on these crystal encrusted flats. They’re perfect for jazzing up you day outfit, or for those evenings when you don’t quite feel like wearing heels.


Leopard Flat $80
Animal prints are back this fall, and these are a cute way to incorporate the trend. Both the black and navy versions are perfect for the office or with jeans for a more casual look.

Court Shoe with Straps $70


Flat with Ankle Strap $40
With their very timeless design, and low price, these flats will probably make their way into many shoe closets. I’m debating whether to make the trip into downtown Philly to try these on at the Zara store. Although I know my size in Zara shoes, these are not leather and therefore might be a smidge tighter than leather, which stretches out.