Booties for All

I’ve always been anti-ankle boot. Throughout my teens and early 20’s I found the style tended to truncate the leg, making women look shorter and thicker– who wants that? But it’s always been one of those things I wanted to like, so I’m thrilled that with this year’s moto boot, it’s happening. Bonus: these short boots inherently use less leather than high styles, so they often cost much less than standard boots of the same brand.

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Hers are from Giorgio Armani. Photo from lookbook.nu

In desperate need of black boots, I hightailed it to Bloomie’s on Monday and was sad to discover that the only pair of high boots I liked were over a thousand dollars. Oops. However, tons of shorter styles were everywhere, so I decided to try them.

In my quest, I discovered that I personally do not like anything with too much hardware, or a label. That ruled out Tory Burch, Marc by Marc, and a few others. But I did find a pair from Kelsi Dagger for a reasonable $200 that I loved. When I slipped them on, I noticed the looser style actually made my legs look thinner–not quite swimming in there but plenty of room and easy to tuck jeans into. With leggings? Perfection.

Sadly, my favorite pair were too large and there were none left a size down, but I promptly found a similar style on the website and had them overnighted. Can’t wait to try them on! Here are some styles you might want to try:

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Suede with fringe brings a fun, cowgirl-esque appeal. Sam Edelman “Louie” booties, $160, bloomingdales.com

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Rough-and-ready with buckles and a solid construction. Frye “Valerie” sheepskin moto boots with shearling lining, $428, shopbop.com

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A hidden wedge adds subtle height. Nine West “Metalina” booties, $109, piperlime.com

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There is a God (At least a God of Fashion…)

We all love designers. We love to flip through Vogue and hold onto pipe dreams that these glorious items might someday be ours. And hey, once in a while there is nothing more fabulous than dumping your whole paycheck out in order to acquire the perfect Prada shoe, Giorgio Armani blazer, etc. But for all those other times in between, when you need something cheap, easy, and chic, where to turn? Why, H&M of course.

Here is the problem. There are so many locations (at least in New York), each one stocks different items, different unit amounts of the most popular items, and it’s so popular, that when you are looking for one specific thing it can take three or four trips to find it! I remember with crystal clarity the first time I tried to shop on hm.com. I kept clicking different thing, trying to outsmart the site and find the loophole that would allow me to click on something, drag it into a shopping bag, and see it in my mailbox a few days later. No dice. Like a test rat, I’ve gone back many times just to see. Just to check and see if maybe one capsule collection or somethingwas available for online purchase. Still, the sad truth that America’s favorite cheap-and-chic retailer has no online shopping component. Until… now!

Well, not “now,” exactly. We still have to wait a while, but penny-pinching fashionistas, get excited! It was announced this week that as of the 2011-2012 year shift, H&M will finally join its competitors in the arena of online shopping. The possibilities are endless, the prices are right, and this girl can’t wait to spend that lunch break snapping up the cute little $19 basics and fabulous party dresses in the right size with the click of a button–no crowds, no lines, and no drama. And now, with so many exciting new options from H&M–like their sustainable collection, top designer collaborations, and tres fashionable footwear, I think we should all start saving up today!