It’s that annoying in-between season time, and if you’re anything like us, you’re having a difficult time figuring out what to wear. May we suggest the peep-toe bootie as a possible transitional shoe for winter-to-spring? The bootie gives you enough coverage and support for cold mornings, while the peep toe gives your lil’ piggies a bit of breathing room. If you’re not yet ready for sandals — and we are most definitely not — peep-toes work well in the interim. Above, nine great options!
Yes, Christina Milian is wearing mom jeans and a leather harness and what appears to be half of a shirt, but I would gladly overlook all of that if it weren’t for those monstrous stiletto booties she’s teetering around on. As if the 6-inch (maybe 7 inches, actually–those things are hiiiiigh) heels weren’t anxiety-inducing enough, they’re also covered in spikes, as if to guarantee that the inevitable tumble will draw blood. Christina, I love you, but your shoes are giving me a panic attack. [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
Everybody in The Frisky office has a pair of low-rise boots like the ones pictured above. And we’re betting that you’ve probably got a pair or two stashed in your closet too. But not all of us know how to wear them. So that’s why we’ve put together a handy guide to three different ways to wear booties — including a casual day look and a fancier night outfit. Check ‘em out after the jump!
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I’m five feet tall, okay? Let’s just get it out in the open there. And while I don’t find heels to be terribly uncomfortable, I do find them to be terribly inconvenient, especially given my subway commute and my natural propensity to fall all over myself all the time. My height doesn’t particularly bother me — in fact, I forget how short I am until I’m standing next to someone who I perceive as tall, i.e. normal — but it does make me look a considerable amount younger than I am. Like … let’s say 12? Lately I’ve found myself craving a bit of height without the physical hindrances that come with a sick pair of pumps, so I’ve turned to booties with a small stacked heel to get the job done. They also hold your foot in so you’re not slipping and sliding everywhere, which is always a good thing, especially when you’re me. Whether you’re closer to my height or Iman’s, these 10 pairs will give you a bit of a boost, but are still comfortable enough to see you through the workday in style.
Sometimes you have to wonder where on earth designers come up with their product names. For example, this Steve Madden model is called the “Cuddless,” which apparently merits this description: “Dreamy heels that call for more then a one night stand! Cuddle the night away in these all suede shoes.” (Hmm …maybe “Cuddless” was a spelling error?) But now that we think about it, we do kind of want to snatch up these shoes and hold them close to our hearts. We love the neutral gray color that lets the simplified ruffle detail stand out to give a basic bootie a fashion upgrade. Or, maybe according to Steve Madden, we should be calling these bootays. [$149.95, Steve Madden]
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We normally put away our boots in favor of flip-flops and sandals when summer comes, but ankle boots have made their presence known on red carpets of late, and we’re trying to decide whether we should keep our feet ensconced in leather for the next few months.
“There are certain women who are just over wearing dresses with delicate shoes,” designer Alexander Wang told The New York Times. “They enjoy the irony of pairing something heavy with something short and sexy.” Keep reading »
There’s something weird going on in the fashion world right now, and as much as we like to experiment with clothes and accessories, we can’t agree with it. Strange bootie-like shoes are popping up all over the place, but they’re not boots in the traditional sense because they’re a part of or can be added to summery shoes.
I was perusing one of my favorite online shops, Creatures of Comfort, when I came upon these espadrille booties by Zucca. While I am looking for a new pair of espadrilles, you won’t see these on my feet. Don’t designers remember how hot it gets in the spring and summer? My legs would overheat if they were ensconced in thick canvas.
Similarly, we spotted something called “Bootilegs” on Trend de la Creme. These spat-like calf coverings can be added to any shoe or sandal, so they can be worn in any season! Please, for the sake of your beautiful calves, Just Say No to summer booties. Keep reading »