Now that fall has officially arrived, we have boots on the mind. Not just any boots, mind you, but thigh-high suede boots adorned with lace-up detailing, slouchy leather boots embellished with crystals and chains, and suede hiking boots with a lining of southwest-printed fabric around the ankle. Of course, if we were to be totally honest, we would admit that we don’t just have boots on the mind, we have shoes on the mind. Constantly. And that, dear readers, is why our monthly Chic Shoe Buys story is such a favorite. After all, not only does it contain a surplus of must-have shoes, but it has something for everyone—whatever your style, whatever your budget. On that note, read on to discover what we are coveting for our shoe closet this month!
So, let’s start with boots! Given that the runways have been teeming with references to the 1970s for a few seasons now, we were immediately drawn to Ambre Babzoe’s Versailles Boots ($498). The super-soft slouchy leather gives them a casual vibe, but the crystal and chain embellishment on the front of the ankle? That immediately evokes a 70s-glam vibe. The best thing about these boots, though, is that they go with everything—from faded blue jeans to floaty bohemian dresses. Speaking of the 1970s, it is no secret that Rachel Zoe is just as enamored with the decade as we are, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t totally in tune with modern times. On the contrary, Rachel has a knack for making 70s-inspired pieces look oh-so modern, which is why we love her Brigitte Suede Over-The-Knee Boots ($695). They, too, have a hint of 70s glam, but they are also decidedly of-the-moment. And that brings us to our next chic shoe buy, dear readers. We love the Base Suede Platform Booties ($395) by Elizabeth & James. These booties nicely balance a classic silhouette with an on-trend embellishment—specifically, the southwest-print on you can see on the flannel lining. Now, before we move on to our other fab finds, dear readers, we have to admit that we have saved our best boot for last. If you cast your mind back a few years, you will remember that Chloe issued a pair of studded ankle booties—the Susanna Boots ($1,295)—that were highly popular. Well, get your debit card out now, because Chloe is reissuing a limited amount of these boots. Featuring gold studs and buckle closures, these are sure to be a must-have the second time round.
Moving on, we have been paying plenty of attention to statement heels lately, especially with party season right around the corner. Our favorites? We love Topshop’s Luxury Velvet Platform Sandals ($116) and Miu Miu’s Glitter Sandals ($535). These shoes might be on different sides of the spectrum when it comes to your budget, but they do share several qualities: a flattering platform heel, interesting texutres, and a luxe royal blue hue. Parfait! Of course, there are other occasions in our calendars that don’t call for party shoes. That said, we simply couldn’t resist Nine West’s Unmixed Loafers ($76.30). Not only are heeled loafers having a moment right now, but these are the perfect shoe for the modern girl-on-the-go. Their smart, sophisticated vibe means they will easily transition from the office to dinner. And if all this running around in heels has you longing for a flat, we have you covered. We are simply smitten with Mango’s Woven Leather Ballerina Shoes ($99.90). They have a breezy, Californian aesthetic, which means they will go with just about anything you choose—from a pair of denim cut-offs to a flowy maxi skirt. Happy shopping!
- Luxury Velvet Platform Sandals ($116) by Topshop
- Woven Leather Ballerina Shoes ($99.90) by Mango
- Glitter Sandals ($535) by Miu Miu
- Versailles Boots ($498) by Ambre Babzoe
- Susanna Boots ($1,295) by Chloé
- Unmixed Loafers ($76.30) by Nine West
- Base Suede Platform Booties ($395) by Elizabeth & James
- Brigitte Suede Over-The-Knee Boots ($695) by Rachel Zoe