Much as every sport has its requisite gear and place in time — mitts and bats in the summer, footballs in the fall — so does each season have its obligatory fashion accessories. The advent of summer breeds drama over swimsuits and sandals; the winter wind in New York demands serious introspection on the matter of coats; and fall’s fashion touchstones are boots and jackets. And jeans. Oh, and maybe scarves. But realistically, mostly boots.
This year, there seem to be more options for boots than there are for pumps or flats. Plus, the line between shoe and boot has even started to blur, mostly due to an enthusiasm about tights. (I myself have zero enthusiasm about tights. I find them constrictive and alien, though a necessary evil.) And so it is once more into the breach, struggling with delicate versus sturdy, brown or black and whether this might be the year to invest in something off-the-chain expensive. Whether you’re a casual booter or a career enthusiast, here are some trends to look out for.
The self-important adolescent of last year’s fall collections, ankle boots are now spreading faster than Tribbles, and sometimes it’s hard to tell if what you’re looking at can be classified as a shoe or a boot. (I’d love the term “bootie” — or “shoot!” Ha ha!) Pick something punky with a buckle or slouch for jeans or leggings; for dresses and skirts, consider suede with a platform heel. Devotte has some really ladylike options, while brands like Tashkent and Tapeet seem more daring with cutouts and wedge heels.
No, I’m not talking about lingerie. I’m talking about a boot (any boot!) that laces up the front. Sexy statement or thinly veiled granny shoe? You decide. The good news is, you can go Victorian-inspired and refined, or military and brawny. Marc Jacobs, of course, has made his own wildly cool version, but I’d also take a look at LD Tuttle, Michael Kors and even Charlotte Ronson’s offerings.
Chloe did it nigh perfectly last year with bulky hardware and strapping shape, and to be honest, this year’s offerings from folks like NDC and Sigerson Morrison seem to be variations on that theme. But as my uncle would say: “If it ain’t broke… “
Flat Riding Boots
Oh, old reliable, how I reach for you in vintage stores and at the foot of my bed and keep thinking, “I’ll wear those sassy four-inch heels tomorrow.” I can’t say it enough: Buy vintage. Hit up No. 6 in Chinatown or Daha, or else hunt down some Loeffler Randall, Rachel Comey and Frye online. You will wear them into the ground.