Shoe Smitten’s Budding Love Affair With Boots

Nine West Boots for under $99

(Kissing a Ballin boot at WSA last February)

Despite loving and obsessing over shoes, I’ve never been crazy about boots…that is until recently.  Boots always seemed like a necessary, utilitarian type of footwear.  Boots got me from point A to point B without getting my feet muddy or wet, all the while keeping my toes warm.  But times have changed, and now boots seem to be sexier and far more beautiful than ever.  Maybe the fashion industry is using these sensational boots to give the economy a boost.  Or maybe it’s just me.  Regardless, here are the top five boot styles that have me smitten:

  1. OTK Boots: Besides the fact that this is the footwear trend to try this fall/winter, I just love how they look on me!  I own a pair of Nine West stretch over-the-knee boots that look fantastic with tights and a short dress, and soon I’ll have the Via Spiga ‘Leona’ OTK boot pictured below, which will look great with bare legs, or over tights or skinny jeans:

  2. Cut-Out Boots: This trend will last well into Fall-Winter of 2010, and this fall I plan on letting a little skin peek out, until temperatures dip too low.BCBGMAXAZRIA Women’s Ebbe Peep Toe Bootie
  3. Slouchy Boots: I just love the way these boots look over skinny jeans!  So casual and carefree-looking, yet so chic.MICHAEL Michael Kors – Kincade Slouch Boot (Grey Suede) – Footwear
  4. Knee High Boots: This style of boot has always been a favorite, and it will never go out of style.  My favorite pair is made by Frye:Frye – Angela Side Zip (Tan)
  5. Booties: Half shoe, half boot, booties are fashion-forward and versatile.  I prefer high-heeled versions in either suede or smooth leather.Ash Women’s Absolut Platform Bootie

What boots have you smitten this season?  Have you also experienced this new-found love of boots?

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Shoe Lust: Report Signature Kane Thigh High Boots

So, now that I’ve bought my first pair of OTK boots, I have the urge to own a pair of thigh-high beauties like these Report Signature Kane Thigh High Boots. It’s the logical next step this fall, right?  I don’t think $475 is too much to ask for such a flashy boot, with the zipper detail and beautiful leather or suede upper.  Square metallic studs adorn the 18 inch circumference collar and removable garter strap, which can be attached to a belt!  Partial side zipper and elastic goring ensure easy on and off.  The heel stands 3 1/8 inches tall with a 3/4-inch hidden platform.

But go figure – the Kane boots are sold out!  So for now I’ll just sit here and drool on my keyboard, and hope that I can find an alternative that’s just as fabulous (and costs a little less).  Anyone have suggestions?  Leave them in the comments!  :)

I’d wear the Kane boots in suede with a flirty little party dress and sheer black tights to keep the S&M vibe to a minimum (if that’s possible with these boots).  Picture Taylor Momsen of Gossip Girl fame wearing thigh-high black boots with her cute ball gown dress in Season 1:

Picture from stylehive

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Shoe Smitten Featured in Oct/Nov Issue of Style Sample Magazine!

Flip through the Style Sample Magazine Issue #4 to page 14 and you will spot a mention of yours truly talking about my favorite fall trend: over-the-knee boots! I suggest everyone try the over-the-knee boot trend this fall, picking a pair in a versatile color.  OTK boots can be worn with bare legs and skirts, or over jeans or tights.  If you have larger, more muscular legs, try OTK boots that stretch, like these Nine West OTK boots.

View the October/November Edition of Style Sample Magazine below:

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Jewel-Tone Shoes Rule Supreme This Fall

Shoes play their part as foot jewelry this fall as footwear designers let rich, luxurious jewel tones inspire them.  Add a little sparkle to some pretty purple, red or blue pumps, as shown on these Casadei Women’s 3017 Pumps, to give your look the royalty treatment!  Here are a few more jewel-tone shoes for your consideration:

, ON SALE $75.90

Pink Studio Women’s Bradshaw Peep Toe Heel
, $48.47

Pelle Moda Women’s Sachi Platform Pump, $164.95



Harajuku Lovers Women’s Avallon Pump, $99.95

Badgley Mischka Platinum Women’s Hyde Pump, $149.95

Magrit Women’s 15232 Peep-Toe Pump

Jeffrey Campbell Braid Shirred Suede Over the Knee Boots, $250.00

Want to go head-to-toe in jewel tones?  The Sartorialist recently captured two young women sporting fun jewel-toned clothes in Paris.

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Anna’s Top Ten Must-Have Shoes For Fall, $150 or Less

Fall’s just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about what shoes to buy for the season.  Below I’ve highlighted the hottest trends, and these are the shoes you need to add to your wardrobe before summer’s end.  I say this later, but if you only try one trend, I suggest you buy over-the-knee boots.  You don’t have to spend your entire month’s salary on a pair – just check out my picks below!

HEAVY HARDWARE: Add a little rock n’ roll glamor to your wardrobe this season!

Left: Keep it low-key by wearing this studded Ed Hardy – Sin City Shoe (Black) – Footwear ($89.95) and jeans or black pants.  The ‘Sin City’ is also available in fuchsia and purple.

Right: Steve Madden Women’s Revenu Studded Open Toe Pump ($120.37) is a contemporary choice that you can wear with a dress and tights, or with skinny jeans.

EXTREME PLATFORMS: The taller the heel and the thicker the platform, the better!

Left: The Michael Antonio Women’s Kerrel Open Toe Pump ($54.95) is extremely versatile and funky in black!  It is also available in orange, pink and yellow.

Right: Trinitie Heel – Blue Suede ($82.99): It’s got a fabulous platform, and it comes in this hot electric blue color, another trend for Fall!

EXOTIC SKINS & ANIMAL PRINTS: In both natural colors and Bold hues!

Left: Gwyneth Women’s Cassie Peep Toe Flat ($55.14), beautiful in blue, also available in yellow, natural and black.

RIght: Beverly Feldman Dara Pump ($101.17) combines both animal print and snakeskin for a luxurious shoe with a wild side!

OVER THE KNEE BOOTS: If you only choose one trend to try this fall, this is the trend to pay attention to!  Pick an OTK boot in a versatile color, and stay away from stilettos and patent leather.  Read my Guide to Wearing OTK Boots for more tips.

Left: The Nathan Boot – Dk Brown ($169.99) is a classy brown suede boot that will go with almost everything in your closet.

Right: This Restricted Women’s Sasha Boot ($69.95) lets you try out this trend without breaking the bank. I like the combination of leather and slouchy suede.

PEEP-TOE/CUTOUT BOOTS: Wear barefoot, or with leggings or colored tights.  But never let the toe seams show!

Left: I’d like to wear this Michael Antonio Women’s Narella Boot ($59.95) with purple or maroon tights!  Also available in brown.

Right: Choose the oh DEER! Women’s Angel Bootie ($134.72) for a pretty alternative to a strappy evening sandal.

Which trend(s) are you going to try out this Fall?

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Guide To Wearing OTK Boots (Keep It Classy!)

Over the knee: Fall’s high notes bring knee-skimming styles to great heights.

When you hear the phrase “over-the-knee boots”, you probably think of the movie “Pretty Woman“, like my Twitter friends @katefogarty and @MissGerri.  But move over, Julia Roberts!  Over-the-knee boots can actually look quite chic, when they aren’t pointy black patent stilettos!  Designers have created fresh styles in all colors and fabrics for the fall season that will work perfectly for a casual weekend and even a day at the office.  Over-the-knee boots (a.k.a. OTK boots) can add a wow factor to any look.  But the line between trashy and chic is extremely thin here. Read on to learn how to keep your look classy while incorporating the “it” boot of the season.


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