Yesterday, the Daily Pennsylvanian, UPenn’s student newspaper, ran a piece about Stuart Weitzman, the shoe guru who turned a family shoe company into a $300 million business. The story mentioned things many fashion-savvy people know—Beyoncé wears his shoes on stage, Kate Middleton wears his wedges every other day. But there was one fact that stood out: Stuart Weitzman went to Penn?!
J.Crew—maker of ballet flats worn by all—has sprinkled even more quirkiness into its collection with the help of British shoe designer Sophia Webster. (You might remember her name from my post about these insanely awesome winged superhero shoes.)
The holiday collaboration launched just last week, and it’s pretty much every party shoe you could ever want.
As far as we’re concerned, ankle booties are the most functional footwear of fall—warm and versatile enough to carry you through Sorel weather. And, there’s a fitting pair for nearly every setting. The office? Errands? Date night? Check, check, and check. Plus, any shoe that keeps your ankle secure and strapped in is a safe bet in our book. Ankle booties, we bow at your throne.
I buy expensive shoes in entirely the wrong way. Instead of investing in proper, wear-forever classics like black Louboutin pumps or ever-chic Chanel flats, I throw caution to the wind and splurge on shoes with poofs of fur, or hearts all over them, or impossibly high gilded wedge heels. When it comes to buying high-end shoes, for me, the more impractical and fantastical, the better. (I repeat: This is not the smartest way to go about stocking your shoe closet.)
I suppose this is why I’m so drawn to Sophia Webster‘s offbeat collection. The London-based designer dreams up shoes with crazy color combinations, pom-poms, tassels, dizzying patterns—and, now, wings.
Shearling is a material usually reserved for the insides of your favorite cold-weather clothes. But this time around, it’s popping up as the focal point of statement pieces (like the killer emerald coat pictured above) and on unexpected pieces like purses and heels. (How great are those gold chain accents?) A more subdued version of all-out fur, the texture can be paired with all your fall closet staples like wools and knits. And the best part? It makes classic pieces unbelievable cozy. You’ll never have an excuse to wear Uggs again. (Seriously, just throw them out.)
- Did you know vinegar is great for cleaning boots? That and more boot-saving tips right here. [Style List]
- Turns out fall’s beauty looks don’t need to cost you hundreds of dollars. This roundup spotlights 58 beauty products under $25 that are actually legit. [Refinery 29]
- Get your white hats on: the Scandal Collection for The Limited is here on September 23. And get this? It’s extremely chic and true to the Olivia Pope character. We’ll take camel wrap coat, please. [Jezebel]
Right now, I can’t get enough of boots. And not ankle-grazers, or even knee-highs. I’m talking boots that stretch over the knee and creep up your thigh. The idea of them sounds overtly sexy—black leather thigh-high boots!—something my mother would deign appropriate only for a “streetwalker.” But it’s precisely their full coverage that makes them so easy to wear. Throw them on with a long tunic and they’ll act almost like leggings; pair with them with a miniskirt to keep your look just sexy enough (in fact, some of our style experts say that boots allow you to wear minis into your forties and fifties!); or wear them with a midi skirt for warmth come winter. Thighs, all eyes on you.
Go on. Give your strappy sandals one more spin around the block. Then set your sights to fall footwear, which is just as covetable. My pick for fall’s best boots? These beauties, which are more like heavy-metal jewelry for your feet, and who doesn’t want some of that?