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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.


Black & White: 10 pairs of spring shoes under $100.

Calvin Klein Collection Vera (Amazon)

Neons, pastels, and florals are fun for spring, but you can never go wrong with a black and white palette. After several seasons of bold colors and busy patterns, simplifying your outfit to a monochrome palette is like a breath of fresh air. There’s something very reassuring about structured and clean black-and-white designs; they’re modern, simple, and bold all at the same time. This season, the black-and-white trend has been applied to both clothing and accessories in traditional ways as well as graphic interpretations using prints, patterns, and color blocking. 

The above pair by Calvin Klein is a bit of a tease because they’re not under $100, but I just had to put them up because I think they’re stunning. Below, you’ll find my 10 picks (all under $100) that are a great buy for this season:

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1. Julianne Hough for Sole Society – Danette $64.95 (SoleSociety)
2. ShoeMint – Ciella $79.98 (ShoeMint)
3. Kelsi Dagger – Camryn $90.99 (6pm)
4. New Look Striped Court Shoes $33.92 (Asos)
5. Michael Antonio – July $39.99 (6pm, Piperlime)
6. Zara Flat Sandal $89.90 (Zara)
7. Aldo – Eila on sale for $79.98 (Aldo)
8. Shoecult by Nasty Gal – Faye $68.00 (NastyGal)
9. Zara Black and White Heels $79.90 (Zara)
10. Nine West – Goulding $62.99 (Zappos, 6pm, Amazon)


Ankle strap mania.

How to pull off one of the biggest trends of spring 2013.

Gucci Ursula Purple Ankle Strap Sandal
Gucci Ursula (lower heel version)

Ankle straps are everywhere this spring! A barely-there strappy sandal is something that will never go out fashion. It may disappear from time to time as other trends take over, but it will always have a comeback, just like the pointy-toe pump. Why? In a nutshell, the look is ladylike, minimalistic, and very versatile. It’s also interpreted in many ways by designers and companies, which allows for a huge array of options. But how do you choose which style is right for you?

Because there are so many options, it can be a bit tricky to find the right pair. Not all ankle strap shoes are made the same, and not every ankle looks the same. Just like clothing can flatter or change the way your body looks, shoes can alter, highlight, or hide the way your feet and legs look. Understanding what works for your leg shape will help you find the right pair.

If you have short legs:
Anything that wraps around the ankle visually breaks the length of the leg. Avoid thick straps and dark colors, they make the leg look shorter. Choose a shoe with a thin strap that rests low on the ankle in a color that is light or close to your skin tone, which will elongate the leg. If you have small feet, a pointed toe will add the illusion of length.

Sam Edelman Abbott Gold Strappy Sandal
Sam Edelman Abbott (Nordstrom, ShopBop)

If you have long legs:
Feel free to experiment! You have more leg to show and you don’t run the risk of making your legs look short. Try wearing shoes with thicker ankle straps, embellishments, and wrap-around styles. Remember to balance out thicker straps and details with more leg exposure by wearing shorter skirts and shorts.

Michael Kors Josephine Flat Sandal
Michael Kors Josephine (Macys)

If you have large calves or legs:
Choose a strappy shoe that has a thicker straight heel to balance out a heavier leg. Avoid very delicate shoes and thin heels because they make the leg look off-balance, but don’t immediately reach for wedges because they can add extra volume. If you want the ankle strap look, choose a looser medium-width strap that sits at the narrowest part of your leg. Thicker ankle straps will look too bulky. More skin means your leg will look leaner!

Plenty by Tracy Reese Destiny
Plenty by Tracy Reese Destiny (DSW, Amazon)

If you have thick ankles:
Too much coverage will make the ankle look heavier, so opt for thinner straps that are loose and rest at the smallest part of your leg. Make sure the strap is not too tight because this will emphasize thickness. A pointy toe will also elongate the leg and create the illusion of a skinnier ankle. 

Calvin Klein Val Patent Black Sandal
Calvin Klein Val (Zappos)

If you have thin ankles:
Avoid chunky and loose ankle straps because they can give the appearance that your shoes are too big. Look for shoes with delicate ankle straps in a light color, or try a shoe with a t-strap design.

Fergie Roxane Ankle Strap Sandal
Fergie Roxane (Zappos, Macys)

If you have small feet:
Pointed toes and an ankle strap that sits higher above the ankle will give the illusion that your foot is longer. Fewer straps across the shoe look better. Minimal strappy sandals in lighter colors that show more skin help your legs look more balanced. A pair of wedges also adds volume to small feet and can add to the overall proportion of your legs.

KORS by Michael Kors Adrielle
KORS by Michael Kors Adrielle (Piperlime)

If you have big feet:
Rounded toes and horizontal straps create the illusion of a shorter foot. A shoe that covers more of the foot will also help shorten the appearance of a big foot. Try a t-strap design, and avoid pointy-toed shoes.

Pour la Victoire Sierra Black Strappy Sandal
Pour la Victoire Sierra (Amazon, Victoria’s Secret, Zappos)

Of course, not everyone’s legs fits into the same mold. Try on many styles before you make a decision, because you might be surprised with a pair that flatters your foot!