Last week, I had two of my dear friends request my favorite fall booties for this season. Let me just share my thoughts on booties with y’all. I wish I was 5’10 with legs for days but while I am relatively tall for a girl, my height is alllll in my torso and my legs are NOT just long and lean. I love a bootie though. The trick to flattering booties is to have a cut at the front that goes down at an ankle and doesn’t cut across your calf in a straight line (thank you Rag & Bone for getting me). If you have the legs to pull it off, go for it because it’s a great look but if you are LEG CHALLENGED like myself (no matter how many miles you run) get yo’self a pair of the below. Most of these have a chunkier heel which make them do-able for daytime play and also nighttime wear. If you have the cash, the Isabel Marant dickers are by far the coolest booties I have ever seen and our very own Lauren has these and is obsessed. I own the Club Monaco pair below and I can wear them all day long and not complain so that’s a plus. Get involved, people.
Top Row: Club Monaco Brooklyn -$398 // Joie Ajax (I love the slouch factor on these with leggings / skinnies and they come in great colors) – $295 // Vince Camuto Hillsy (comes in a few colors) – $160 // Rag & Bone Harrow (5 sick colors) – $525
Bottom Row: Rag & Bone Margot (my personal favorite) – $525 // Paul & Green Delgado – $389 // Splendid Addie – $178 // H by Hudson Kiver – $198
So the genius powers “that be” the fashion industry have once again come up with a reason for us to continue adding to our shoe collections. New. Bootie. Length. Sometimes I see a trend and I just identify it as a ploy to get the sartorially obsessed to spend money… this might be one of those. Check out the latest from IRO & Celine.
Celine Nickel Heel Bootie
Iro Dankin Bootie
I don’t know about you all but I am still pretty happy with the look of my shorter bootie. With a trend like this, I will probably opt for the Zara option – much cheaper and just as sleek. (Trust me, I tried them on!).
I am not a booties person. I find them to be unflattering to my legs (they are stumpy) and I wish I could pull them off but I just can’t. I am quite jealous of girls in NYC (and my very cool friend Annie) wearing their Rag & Bone Newbury Booties and then I saw the R&B Harrow. I DIE. These booties are amazing. First off, they’re lower and cut at an angle so they are more flattering to your calves. Second, the detail of the straps are just awesome. These are SO CUTE and if you are a booties person, I feel like you would wear these allllll the time. These are a fall must. However, I am on a budget so $500 booties are not going to be acquired in 2013 by me (or by you, KAM). Sole Society is at it again with a substitute pair that are just as cute and I’m loving. For under $100, these are the definition of a steal.
Splurge: Rag & Bone Harrow Booties in clay (but also love in camel) – $495
Steal: Sole Society Skylar Booties – $90
I’ve spotted quite a few leather perforated pieces this spring that are absolutely awesome but really are just way too pricey (case in point this amazing Milly leather jacket and or this awesome sporty DKNY white dress). I think it’s a great trend though so why not bring that into your accessories? Handbags and shoes are a great way to incorporate this and I’m loving how the fun spring colors work with the intricate details. I’d love to get my hands on those Dolce Vita Razia flats in every color. So perfect for summer!
Clockwise from Top Left: Rag & Bone Newbury Booties – $550 (coolest booties ever) // Milly Addison Facile Patent Clutch (also comes in black and white) – $275 // Matt Bernson Mulberry Ballet Flats – $170 // Coach Legacy Penny Leather Crossbody Bag – $258 // Vic Italy Flat Heel Perforated Booties (the holes on these booties are STARS)- $329 // Dolce Vita Razia Perforated Flats – $130 // Old Navy Perforated Ballet Flats (tons of colors) – $25 // Urban Expressions Perforated Clutch (also in black or pink) – $38
Booties are obviously everywhere and everyone seems to be supportive of wearing them into spring. The key to this? Lighter colored neutrals that you can break in now and keep wearing later. I saw these Stuart Weitzmans in the Nordstrom spring catalog and loved the two zipper tassles that almost look like fringe. I gave my sister these Sam Edelmans on the right for her birthday last fall and she LOVES. I’m into the cuff at the top. While these aren’t exactly a steal, they are much more reasonable than their counterpart.
Splurge: Stuart Weitzman Prancing Booties – $475 // Steal: Sam Edelman Louie Booties – $160
I’ve been online browsing a ton lately and have just started to put some fun outfits together for you to find some inspiration. For today, I’ve made two different looks with one common neutral bag (I’m obsessed with Lauren’s Tory Burch 797 Satchel). I love the idea of pairing a monochrome jewel tone look (navy + navy) with different textures and some awesome jewel tone heels. Your accessories will really pop with this one. As for the ladylike look I tend to favor, I’m loving the colored coats of this season paired with a simple and girly dress. Adding some booties in will only add to your cuteness.
Fresh and Fun: Parker Sequin Silk Blazer – $330 // LaMer Collection Friendship Bracelet Watch – $110 // Equipment Silk Blouse – $208 (or try this more budget friendly option) // JCrew Minnie Pant – $90 // Tory Burch Everly Snake Print Pump – $450 (i die for these shoes but try these green gems if you don’t have gazillion dollars)
Ladylike Chic: Kate Spade Suzette Coat – $700 (or try this red coat for less) // Pleated Ponte Knit Dress – $160 // BaubleBar Silver Ridge Chains Necklace – $28 // Sigerson Morrison Lamar Booties – $325
I got a request last night for booties that don’t cut off awkwardly at the ankle…let’s discuss how this is a major problem with the bootie trend. I think most booties are too cute for words but as a person whose legs are not her finest asset, I’ve stayed away from them in fall season’s past. This year I might make the switch as the trick to these fall must-haves are a more angled cut at the top of the boot. A heel helps as well (even for the “flat” ones) but by not having the boot cut straight across your ankle, it will give your leg a leaner look. I call this post “Part I” because there are so many options this fall I have a feeling we’ll be doing a few more bootie posts. Sigerson Morison gets an A+ for the amazing bootie selection thus far and I absolutely LOVE the Lamar booties below. They come in a ton of different colors (plum, black, mousse, brown) and would look great with skinnies or a full skirt for going out.
Top Row: Loeffler Randall Nanette Cap Toe Booties – $395 // Belle by Sigerson Morrison Lamar in charcoal – $325 // Sam Edelman Petty Mid Heel Boots – $130 (three great colors!) // Belle by Sigerson Morrison Felicia Dip Wedge Booties – $325 (in a gorgeous nude as well)
Bottom Row: Sigerson Morrison Naomi Booties – $495 //Kors by Michael Kors Wayland Bootie – $350 (in nude suede – $325) // Coclico Shoes Killian Wedge Booties – $395 // Jean Michel Cazabat Rica Wedge Bootie in black leather – $330 (in colorblocked suede – $250)