Boots

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!

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: 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?

Shoe of the Day: Best Friend Boots

Enzo-Angiolini-Saharia-Black-Leather-Anke-Boots

Everyone has that go-to pair of shoes in their closet, the pair that goes with everything and is super comfortable. And if you don’t, look no further than these boots by Enzo Angiolini (available at DSW or Nordstrom). The Saharia is a perfect blend of casual comfort and effortless cool. The style is so timeless that they’ll quickly become your best friend! I’m hoping to add a pair to my closet, as soon as I can track them down to try them on.

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Double-Take: Stuart Weitzman 5050

These 5050 boots by Stuart Weitzman have everything: comfort, glamour, and even a little sex appeal thrown in. The mixed material makes them easy to wear with anything, from dresses and skirts to jeans and leggings. You can get them on Zappos, Bergdorf Goodman, Piperlime, and Bloomingdale’s.

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Tuesday Shoesday: Studly

Steve-Madden-Studded-Boots

I think it’s pretty safe to say that I love studded boots, as long as the design isn’t over-the-top-biker-style. So when a friend at work walked in wearing these awesome boots by Steve Madden, I demanded a photo right away. In my opinion, they’re the epitome of fall boots: knee high, zippered, buckled, studded, and brown. She paired them wonderfully with knitted high socks and a skirt. Unfortunately, the boots are from a couple seasons ago so you can’t get the same exact pair, but I did manage to track down another great studded option, also by Steve Madden:

Steve-Madden-Lynet-Studded-Boot

These are available at Zappos, Victoria’s Secret, Heels.com, and Amazon.

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Double-Take: Ralph Lauren Collection Cosima

 Ralph Lauren Collection Cosima (DSW
I firmly believe that one pair of black boots is not enough. Maybe it seems silly to some people, but to me, they’re all different. A girl needs a pair of classic leather boots, and she also needs a pair with buckles and straps and zippers, a pair with high heels, and pair with low heels, a pair with different materials, the list goes on. I personally own only 3 pairs of black boots. Some would say that’s too many, but I think I’m one pair short: a pair of dressier knee-high boots. And if I could get them, I’d definitely buy the Cosima by Ralph Lauren. Since they’re sold out (and out of my budget anyway), I looked around for a double-take. I found the Osaka boot by Cordani, which is still out of my budget but a very nice alternative to the Cosima. The beautiful ankle detail looks very similar, the only noticeable difference is the thickness of the heel. Unless these drop to $100 or less, I won’t be getting them, so my search for a dressy leather knee-high boot continues.


Cordani Osaka (6pm)
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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.

Shoe of the Day: Bad-Ass Boots

Vince-Camuto-Winchell-Boot-with-Gold-Hardware

I’m a sucker for boots with buckles, not sure why; it’s probably because they just look so cool. Plus, they can turn any casual outfit into something that looks more edgy and high fashion. I’m dying to wear these Vince Camuto boots with super-dark jeans and a loose white sweater. But first I have to get my hands on a pair. I saw these boots go one sale last year (the retails price of $170 is a bit steep) but all sites were out of my size. So I’m extremely happy to see that they’re back this season (Zappos, Macy’s, Amazon). Hopefully I’ll be able to snag a pair for myself this time!

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Double-Take: Givenchy Fold Over Boot

 Givenchy Fold Over Boot
(Forward by Elyse Walker, Bergdorf, Saks, My Theresa)
It’s almost boot season! In honor of that fact, I wanted to pay tribute to these stunning fold over boots with shark tooth buckles from Givenchy. There are plenty of new styles coming out for this fall, but there’s something about the balance between simplicity and grandeur that makes them unforgettable. These boots are almost like a shield for your legs because of the sheer amount of layered leather, yet they look very refined because detailing is minimal. The fold over effect is leg-lengthening because it covers the wedge heel, and basically looks like an extension of your pants or leggings. I think they’d be flattering on pretty much everyone. But the price? Not so flattering.

Schutz Arleana (MyHabit, Oak)
Once again, Schutz provides us with another excellent double-take. Although there are significant differences (such as the buckle style, heel shape, and length of the fold-over), my mind immediately thought of the Givenchy boot as soon as I spotted these. I think they are as much of a statement shoe as the original design, but at a more budget-friendly price. Plus, Schutz shoes are always high quality!

Enzo Angiolini Damus (Macy’s)

These boots by Enzo Angiolini are not a perfect double-take, but if you’re going for the wedge with an over-size cuff look, the Damus is a great choice. Enzo shoes are high quality, and most of them are very comfortable.

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