Fall/Winter Trend: Wedge Ankle Boots

Trend Alert: Wedge Ankle Boots

One of the must-have footwear styles for fall is the wedge ankle boot, which is great news for us all!  These boots leave calves blissfully unbound and provide the slendering effects of high heels.  Wedge ankle boots can be worn day or night, with trousers and skirts, not to mention they are much easier to walk in than stilettos.  Grab a pair in a fun print and you can really add some attitude to your outfit!

Palos Verdes Footwear sent me this pair of  Volatile ‘Bombay’ wedge boots for review and they are just perfect for the season.  The Bombay boots are available in both black and leopard-print horse hair, but of course I chose to follow my wild side!  Now I can flaunt two of fall’s hottest trends at once – leopard and the wedge silhouette.

How To Style Leopard Wedge Ankle Boots

Because these leopard boots are neutral in color you can wear them with any colors in your wardrobe.  I chose to keep it simple, pairing my Volatile Bombay boots with black leggings, a beige pleated skirt and a grey short-sleeved sweater for a go-anywhere fall look.  Add a black leather bomber for the wind chill (when I took this photo it was freakishly warm outside for an October day).

For even more ideas on how to wear wedge ankle boots, check out The Chic Fashionista’s blog post.

The horse hair leather upper on the Bombay adds a luxe air to these ankle boots.  In terms of comfort and quality, I couldn’t ask for more from a wedge ankle boot.  The pull-on style has elastic goring so they are easy to put on and take off.  Also, there is padding on the footbed so you can wear these with ease all day (or night).

The Bombay ($100) and many other must-have fall footwear styles are available for purchase at www.volatileusa.com.  How do you style your wedge ankle boots?

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SOREL Joan of Arctic Premium Boots Review

It may be a balmy (if rainy) 73 degrees outside as I write this, but that won’t stop me for planning for snow.  I’ve heard we are due for a harsh winter in the Northeast, and it’s never too early to prepare.  When it comes to hardy boots that will stand the test of harsh winter climes, I choose SOREL.  The Joan of Arctic Premium boot is a new rendition of SOREL’s classic Joan of Arctic style, which is beloved by celebrities and Jane Smiths alike.  Elle Macpherson was spotted looking sporty and chic wearing the original Joan of Arctic boots while in Aspen.

The full-grain leather boot features a removable recycled felt inner boot and waterproof vulcanized rubber shell with herringbone outsole for the ultimate protection against the elements.  Standing 12 inches tall and outfitted with a faux fur snow cuff, the Joan of Arctic is ready to shield you from the elements in style.

While I didn’t style these for today’s post, I will be featuring them again later. They are well-built and perfect to pair with any of my cold-weather outfits.  I did wear them for a day and I can tell you they are soft as a blanket inside, easy to walk in and the laces make them adjustable for skinny and muscular calves alike.

The Women’s Joan of Arctic Premium boot is currently available in Cappuccino/Oxford Tan or Black and retails at $195.  SOREL is available at retailers such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, The Tannery and online at www.sorel.com.

And by the way, I’m loving Sorel’s Fall 2012 Campaign, “Get Your Boots Dirty“, which shines a light on inspiring women who are putting their passion and boots to work.  Check it out!  How will you get your boots dirty this season?

Disclaimer: The featured product was provided to me at no cost by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing and review.  Opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by compensation or other means.

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LAMO Hardwear Sheepskin Boot Review

Waking up to the chilly morning air reminds me that fall is here and summer is in the rear view mirror.  I’m not too sad to wave farewell to sandals and strappy heels this year because there are so many fun and stylish boots to wear.  Among my fall and winter must-haves is a sheepskin boot for those days when it’s freezing out and a pair of sleek leather boots just won’t do the trick.

Enter the LAMO Hardwear boot, a playful and on-trend mid-calf boot that will be your best friend come winter.  The 9-inch tall boot is crafted of twin faced Australian Sheepskin and  features rows of studs in various sizes that offer a cool contrast to the soft shearling.  I took these boots for a spin for a whole week, and here are my thoughts.


Major Comfort Factor

When I slip on the LAMO Hardwear boots, my feet are met with a soft cushion of padded shearling.  My toes feel like they are wrapped in a warm blanket.  Ahhhh.  Talk about warm and cozy!  Not to mention, the  soles are built to tackle slippery terrain so you don’t have to worry about losing your footing.

Versatile Style

Sheepskin boots are a classic cold-weather style adored by celebrities and fashionistas alike for their laid-back appeal and coziness.  The stud detail on the Hardwear boots offers just enough edge and makes these boots stand out from the other sheepskin boots on the market.  Also, the fact that the boots are black means they will complement any outfit.  I plan on getting plenty of wear out of them this season.

Easy On, Easy Off

Some slip-on boots are too tight to easily slip over jeans or muscular calves, but not these. LAMO Hardwear boots slip on easily and fit like a glove.  Plus, my jeans seem to stay put inside the boots, perhaps thanks to the thick shearling.  No uncomfortable bunching here!


Unglued Embellishments

After two wears, one of the rows of studs started peeling off.  I believe this happened when I was walking and one foot grazed the other, snagging the studs.  Of course this problem is easily fixable with some superglue. However I thought it was important to point out because it’s the only con I discovered.

Overall Impression

I recommend LAMO boots for their amazing warmth and coolness factor.  After just a week, I have already come to love these boots and have secured a front-and-center spot in my winter wardrobe for them.  Your feet will thank you come bitter wind chills and snowy weather.  Wrap your feet in the LAMO Hardwear boot, available for $160.50 at www.lamofootwear.com.

About LAMO Sheepskin Footwear

LAMO (pronounced Lah-Mow) Sheepskin Footwear created its Fall Winter collection with a generous dose of true Southern California style.  Each pair exudes a distinctly individualized look with allusions to the rich diversity of West Coast culture: from the cool calm beaches to the fast-paced fashion districts.  Established by Joseph Li in 1995, LAMO Footwear has become a fashion staple for a continuously growing number of shoppers who appreciate the brand’s craftsmanship and unique quality.

Disclaimer: The featured product was provided to me at no cost by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing and review.  Opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by compensation or other means.

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Burnetie City Sport Sneakers Review

As you can probably imagine, whenever possible I’m wearing heels, wedges or a fabulous pair of boots. When it comes to sneakers and athletic-inspired shoes, I generally stick to wearing them at the gym or during sporty outdoor activities.  It takes a special sneaker to catch my eye and work its way into my everyday wardrobe. Well, I may have just found the perfect pair of classic kicks with a twist…say hello to my new Burnetie City Sport sneakers.

The City Sport is a lightweight, lace-up casual shoe with a single-layer mesh upper and leather panels.  I chose a pretty brick red color (dubbed “biking red”) with cream-colored leather strips and rubber sole.  There is plenty of traction for most outdoor activities, and the gel inserts and breathable mesh keep feet comfy all day long.  The laces are skinnier than those on most other sneakers, lending them a more refined feel.  I love how these shoes add a pop of color and look more dressed up than my trainers yet less dressed up than heels – perfect for running around town and chilling on weekends!


The Burnetie City Sport are available in many colors including black, green and purple, and cost between $45 and $90.  Visit www.burnetieshoes.com for more information and to shop the entire collection.

Disclaimer: The featured product was provided to me at no cost by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing and review.  Opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by compensation or other means.

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Charmmis Customizable Flip Flops Review

Flip flops are a must-have for the summer months, but sometimes they can get a little boring. However one company offers flip flops that can be instantly updated in a snap.  Charmmis are flip flops that you can customize with interchangeable charms – they’re like earrings for your sandals!  Charmmis offers a variety of charm styles, and they are easy to change with the simple twist.

Pick It

Find a Charmmis charm you like from hundreds of options on their website.  Each charm costs between $3 and $10.

Charm It

It’s easy to install a charm!  Simply insert the charm into the charm lock key hole, hold the charm lock firmly, push down and turn clockwise 1/4 turn to the right to lock the charm into place.

Change It

To take off a charm, hold the charm lock firmly.  Push down on the charm and turn counterclockwise, 1/4 turn to the left, to unlock.  Remove and replace with another charm!

I received a pair of the black Charmmis flip flops with white painted flower charms for review.  The flip flop base reminds me of the wildly popular Havaianas flip flops, but with a more thickly padded sole.  The rubber toe post and strap is comfortable and there is enough traction on the bottom of the sole to prevent slipping around.

The flip flops cost between $16.99 and $39.99, and the charms cost between $3 and $10 a piece.  Visit www.charmmis.com to see the entire collection and order your own pair.

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