Each season seems to have its own category of specialized footwear. Summer has its strappy sandals and flip-flops, spring has its pastel ballet flats and peep toe pumps, and winter has its riding boots and apres ski shoes. But what about autumn? When it comes to fall footwear for 2012, my shoe of choice is the low-rise bootie. They are versatile beyond belief and they are comfortable too. Short booties look great paired with skinny jeans and a pullover or with a sweater dress and tights. Wear them from daylight to dawn and you’ll be looking good no matter what. Since finding the perfect pair of low-rise booties is no easy feat, I’ve put together my top 10 bootie picks for fall that won’t break the bank (except one pair)…
1. LC Lauren Conrad Ankle Boots
2. Rosegold Bevin Wedge Booties
3. Sam Edelman Lisle Booties
4. Steve Madden Panelope Boots
5. Vera Wang Footwear Royce’ Bootie
6. KORS Michael Kors Lena Lace Up Booties
7. Madison Harding Miller Western Booties
8. KORS Michael Kors Kaelin Suede Booties
9. Daniblack Morton High Heel Booties
10. Jeffery Campbell Suede Rumble Boot
I love all of these booties and think they would be the perfect addition to any fall wardrobe. The Vera Wang booties are a “splurge” pair, but they were just too cute to pass up. Thankfully, for those of you who don’t want to pay a not-so-pretty-penny for the Vera heels, you can DIY a similar pair in a snap. Just check out my Crafty Creations video on how to create your own detachable bow for your shoes.
If you’re on the shorter side and are afraid that the low-rise look will cut off your leg (making you look “stubby”), be sure to shop for a pair that dips lower in the front, exposing more of your ankle rather than hitting at your lower calf. This creates a lengthening effect for your legs, which happens to be a personal favorite silhouette-slimming trick of mine. Also, a higher heel will help elongate your stems as well.
Which bootie is your favorite? Are you going to give this trend a try?