I strongly believe only two seasons exist: open-toe shoe season and boot season. And while a peek into my closet reveals a multitude of colors for my open-toe shoe collection, you’ll pretty much see only BLACK for boot choices. But that changes this fall.
Every year, I add a few new pairs of boots based on the latest trends. This season continues the obsession with over-the-knee looks, motorcycle-inspired kicks and ankle booties, but also more subdued styles. Heel choices range from kitten heels to insanely high stilettos. And the colors, thank goodness, feel electric, alive and exciting.
“I love deep, rich jewel tones,” says Patrice Grell Yursik, creator of Afrobella and a contributing editor to Glam.com. “Emerald green, electric blue, oxblood, golden mustard and burnt orange (are some of the hottest colors this fall).”
During several shopping outings, I came across these colors, particularly in Chicago’s more fashion-forward boutiques and retail stores. At the Christian Louboutin store on Oak Street, for example, Daf Booty ($1,395) in “Blue Khol” suede stood out for a number of reasons.
Christian Louboutin elevates the classic ankle bootie with a 2.3-inch platform and 6.3-inch stiletto. The signature red bottom deeply contrasts with the blue suede, making these boots the accessory you’ll want to show off with a little black dress or skinny jeans paired with a slim blazer.
As with most Christian Louboutin shoes, Daf Booty should be worn when there’s not a lot of walking or standing involved, yet everyone in the room can see them on your feet. Think cocktail parties or dinner at restaurants where you can be the center of attention.v
That $1,395 price tag may be pretty steep for most—considering that plenty of us don’t have royalty checks rolling in from reality shows—so we also checked around for more affordable options in an abundance of colors:
- Barneys New York. A more practical, yet none less stylish bootie comes from Italian designer Guiseppe Zanoti. The 4 ¼-inch heel may be a far cry from Christian Louboutin’s 6.3 inches, but at least you can spend more time working a room because of its comfort. The scarlet-hued suede bootie’s best asset is the teardrop-shaped cutouts throughout its design. It also boasts a gold-tone back zipper and tipped heel. It’s $1,095.
- BCBG. BCBG’s hottest new bootie comes in rich burgundy with snakeskin texture at the straps and ankle. Named the Night Sneaker-Strap High Heel Bootie ($350), the shoe includes a half–inch platform and 4-inch stiletto. The shoe complements BCBG’s outstanding fall line of patterned, A-lined sweater dresses.
- Bloomingdale’s. We love the sheer flexibility of Enzo Angiolini’s pointed toe wedge boots ($169). In a soft, suede electric purple that Prince would certainly crave, the boots may be worn at full staff or folded over. The heel is 4 ½ inches.
- Burberry. There’s no reason why your feet should suffer when the weather gets particularly nasty. Just slip them inside Burberry’s shearling-lined suede leather boots ($550) for warmth and comfort. They’re really fashionable in deep claret, which means you won’t need to drag along an extra pair of shoes.
- City Soles. Wicker Park’s longtime shoe salon features some of the funkiest footwear in town. How can you not get excited about the new collection from A Moi, all handmade in Mexico City? Fall’s hottest looks include conversation starter H002 – Pink,a shorter boot with pink and blue ethnic patterns at the ankle and toe. The wooden-stacked heel is 4 ½ inches, and the boots are ideal for dancing the night away.
- Jimmy Choo. They may not be much help when the weather turns, but Jimmy Choo’s Voyage raspberry-hued, lace-up, peep-toe booties ($950) definitely look great—and motivate you to keep a fresh pedicure. The delicious color is a scene stealer and the almost 5-inch heel will have you standing above the rest.
- Kenneth Cole. On the dreariest days when everyone else is outfitted in black and brown, you’ll sizzle in the electric blue Bon Bon Boot ($350). Ideal for the office and after-work outings, these will get you noticed for all the right reasons. Bon Bon comes with a 4-inch heel.
- Lori’s Designer Shoes. The active, yet stylish gal should appreciate Frye’s Veronica Shortie ($290.95) in “burnt red.” While all of her stiletto-obsessed girlfriends tip along in five- and six-inch heels, she’ll be able to easily work a room in a modest 1 1/4-inch boot. The slouchy style works wells over skinny jeans and leggings, and the buckles add a sense of adventure and whimsical flavor.
- Nine West. Every woman needs at least one pair of classic and comfortable dressy boots that easily go from the office to church. Califa ($189), with its modest 3 ½-inch heel, gets our vote for practicality. In “wine” suede, they’re the quiet sophistication you’ll need for certain occasions.
- Nordstrom. Deep down, every girl wants to be a cowgirl. The only thing that looks better than a pair of weathered-looking jeans is a great pair of cowboy boots. You can embrace your urban cowgirl with Matisse’s Faithful antique studded booties ($286.95) in electrifying red and 1 ¼-inch heel.
- Nordstrom. A more cosmopolitan option is Nicholas Kirkwood’s suede over the knee boots ($1,150) in Indigo blue. It goes well with short skirts and dresses, giving the illusion of a leggier look—even though the heel is only two inches.
- Payless Shoe Source. Those reluctant to spend a lot of money on a colorful pair of boots will appreciate the $39.99 price tag on Lower East Side’s offering. The slouchy, suede Rory Tall Boot looks best in red and will complement everything from your LBD to leggings.