Tuesday, August 19, 2014

{STYLING NOTES} TWO EARLY FALL FOOTWEAR FAVORITES...



I know it seems a little limited, but I'm pretty sure there are only two pairs of shoes I really want for the upcoming fall season. Sure, there are plenty that I would like, but in terms of what I will actually invest in for myself—I'm a realist. 

First, black leather ankle boots. While I will probably be forever crushing on Rag & Bone's Harrow and Newbury styles, the price point is pretty intimidating. Loeffler Randall is one of those accessory brands that I forget about until I remember, and then I wonder how that ever happened. Their shoes range from classic to trendy, but quality is always paramount. That's why the $395 price tag of the 'Ella' bootie isn't totally frightening to me. I find the simple design, stacked heel and lack of distinctive branding timelessly appealing. This ankle boot also comes in a style with a contrasting wood heel (and in pretty colors of sandy beige and cognac), but  to me, the all-black version can be dressier, and therefor more wearable. 

Now, the Vans. This style is already backordered at Nordstrom and nearly sold out from Need Supply, but I found there are still plenty of sizes available online from Madewell and Vans.com. What's so great about these slip-ons is that they resemble the high-end versions from Celine, Vince and Common Projects—but they're made by the original California-cool foortwear brand and only $60. They also come in white, and earlier in the summer I was thisclose to getting them. However, in thinking about wearability and keeping them clean, I'm glad I held out for black. These will go perfectly with everything from jeans to slouchy silk pants, mini skirts and black skinny trousers.

Between work and the weekends, there are few occasions in the fall where one of these two pairs wouldn't be appropriate. So, while I ended up purchasing the Vans in the process of writing this post, I'm starting the saving process now for the Loeffler Randalls.

What's on your list of fall footwear essentials?

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