Seriously sexy, super-trendy and also surprisingly versatile. We like to take full advantage of their mod appeal by not hiding them under a pant hem. Instead, try sporting your ankle boots with tights and a pencil skirt (belted blazer optional).
Cashmere suede Cosmic Bis with leather soles, Brian Atwood, $985; saks.com.
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There’s something so pretty about a couple
of loops of satin. (Also
to die for? The price
of Lela Rose's new line
for Payless.) Look for
bows in jumbo sizes or
in slightly unexpected
spots-on the back
of a shoe or around the
the way they update
your go-to LBD.
Chunky Heels Chanel walked these substantial heels down the runway with nearly every outfit
in its fall collection, and we caught the
drift. They’re a wardrobe workhorse, the
shoes you’ll buckle up with everything
from a mini and tights to wide-leg pants.
Clockwise from top: Satin heels with velvet trim, Rene Caovilla, $1,035; visit neimanmarcus.com for stores.
Mary janes in cotton jersey and patent leather calfskin, Chanel, $470; 800-550-0005.
with faux-satin bow Finch,
Lela Rose for Payless, $38;
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If the amazing budget
price isn?t reason
enough to break your
habit of waiting till
January to shop for
boots, consider this:
You?ll span the seasons
in these, wearing them
with early fall shifts
woolens. Thanks to the
stylish but low heel,
your feet won?t hate
you for it either.
Elongate Your Legs You know that heels make your legs look longer, but the style of the shoes has lengthening powers too. These are the trifecta for maximum s-s-stretch. They?re
nude (match darker skin tone to a darker hue), come to a point (no risk of stubby
there), and don?t rudely interrupt the leg with crisscross straps at the ankle.
From far left: Suede and metal
buckle Sarasota boots
by Aerosoles, $160;
Moc-croc ruled the runways this fall-and
this fabulous Coach heel is just one in a
league of the season?s great pretenders.
Also notable: Yves Saint Laurent?s mockcroc
platform booties that have become a
different kind of endangered species
(can you say ?waiting list??).
Green Take a cue from Natalie Portman, who
designed this elegant alternative to
leather for Te Casan: Instead of choosing
animal hide, try more eco-friendly satin pumps with your going-out getup.
From top: Printed-python peep-toe Claribel heels, Coach,
Satin sandals with chiffon pom-pom, Natalie
Portman for Te Casan, $385; tecasan.com.
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Some of our favorite fall accessories are full of tough love
(and heavy metal), and these bold sandals have the edge
we crave. Put them on and prepare for attention-or dial it
even higher with second-skin pants and a studded belt.
It was back to the YSL archives to create this showstopping
heel. You might not shell out for this exact
luxe tribal-disco moment, but doesn?t it inspire you
to purchase one truly grand sandal this season?
Patent leather Folies sandals with silk feathers, Yves Saint Laurent, $995; ysl.com.
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Just as you’ve gotten used to the idea of jewel-tone heels
with your dressy jeans, the season’s new brights up the color
ante. We love the seasonless fuchsias, watermelons
and limes in simple flats-cheerful without trying too hard.
Kilty We’re not sure how so many designers came
to collectively focus on classic-but-jaunty
flaps-there are ankle boots, mary janes and
oxford styles galore-but this groupthink
provides a welcome kick that looks smartest
with tailored pants or pencil skirts.
Leopard Leave it to Kate Spade to banish
the bias that says she who wears
leopard print must also smack her
gum too loudly and unbutton
her blouse too far. The print of
choice for fall can be ladylike too,
especially in satin pumps and
tasteful heel height. Just add
black tights, and voila!
Clockwise from top: Leather ankle boots, Alexander McQueen, $1,100; visit neimanmarcus.com for stores.
A touch of gold? Check! Sculptural heel? Yes!
Silver-and-bronze patchwork with an art
deco feel? Move a pair with any of the above
attributes to the top of your shopping list. The
latest looks mix metals to the max, then add a
1930s feel with heels, ankle straps and ladylike
peep-toes. The result is a work of art (like
the Miu Miu pair at left) that you can wear
with wide-leg trousers or satin dresses.
Newcomers Always on the lookout for the Louboutin of tomorrow,
we were smitten with the fall collections of Alexandre
Birman and Tashkent by Cheyenne. Tashkent offered
beautiful shapes in sophisticated tones, and Birman
earned points for rich materials (that’s real python
on the sandals) at not-gasp-worthy prices.
Clockwise from top: Python wedges, Alexandre Birman, $290; at Butter,
Distressed-leather booties with satin
piping, Tashkent by Cheyenne, $570; shopbop.com.
Leather platform shoes with paillettes, Miu
Miu, $945; at select stores, 888-977-1900.
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Fall’s menswear-inspired trousers have
“work staple” written all over them.
Choose gray patent leather for an
unexpected (and rain-friendly) touch.
And wear higher versions with shift
dresses for a slightly funky attitude.
Peep-toes The style is ubiquitous in fall collections, and we
scooped up this two-tone patent-leather-and suede
shoe for its tactile beauty and cool heel. It’s
a very toned-down sister to the amped-up
version that strutted the Louis Vuitton runway.
Clockwise from top: Suede-and-leather pumps, Louis Vuitton, $925;
If you need great shoes in a flash, hit up hot Internet site
Piperlime, which offers a range of brands, from Aerosoles to Giuseppe Zanotti. (We like the free shipping and returns on shoe orders too.)
Rustic Rough and tumble. All about downtime. Only gets better with
age. We thought they looked like the kind of weekend boots we?d wear forever, and once we tried them on and realized
they had that perfect give at the calf, we knew we were right.
Suede What could be cooler than elegantly shaped shoes in fearlessly fabulous
colors? Pair the blue one with black. The green with black, brown or
gray. And that brilliant steel toe prevents you from scuffing your tips.
Clockwise from top right: Suede pumps, Guess by Marciano, $99; zappos.com.
Suede pumps, Christian Dior, $780; 212-931-2950.
Metallic-leather flats with mirrored buckles,
Giuseppe Zanotti, $550; piperlime.com.
Soft leather boots, Seychelles, $170; visit nordstrom.com for stores.
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While flapper-era versions
will be flooding the shoe
shelves come fall, check
out Calvin Klein?s spare
translation. Unlike its
thicker cousins, this T-strap works better with black crepe than wool tweed.
Ultra Violet Purple-as in eggplant and plum-is strong for fall clothes, but the trend shows a new intensity south of the shin in bold takes like these strappy sandals. Worried about how they will play with others in your closet? Trust us, they?re super-congenial. They look pretty with brown, navy and gray.
From top: Patent leather platforms,
Calvin Klein Collection, $595;
Leather platforms with rubber soles and wooden heels, Shoes for Lovely
People, $120; at Point Shoes, 212-354-4070.
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If you have big expectations for investment-level
tall black boots, here are some that can easily
meet them. Besides being worn straight up,
these chameleons can be folded over to show
off their sheepskin lining or scrunched down
near the pegged hem of your skinny jeans.
Leather boots with wool lining,
Michel Perry, $890; 212-353-9141.
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While you were on a break from Wellies, in strutted these runway superstars, looking more like chic riding boots than galoshes. You’ll like them so much that you’ll leave them on all day, even in the office, with your A-line sweater dress and tights.
Xtra Sexy Sometimes, what he thinks of as provocative,
and what you feel sexy in are not the same thing.
But sometimes they are. Enter Balenciaga’s
futuristic stiletto for the vamp in you. We see it
with a close-fitting tuxedo jacket-yours, not his.
From far left: Rubber with patent leather rain boots, Burberry, $695; visit nordstrom.com for stores.
Patent leather pumps, Balenciaga by Nicolas
Ghesquiere, $1,095; 212-206-0872.
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You know that shoe you become crazed about once a season?
This is the pair everyone took one look at and just had to have.
With its great mix of materials and global vibe, this little flat
reminds us of Moroccan jewelry, with its colored stones on
crinkled metallic leather. It will go with all jeans you’ve had
hemmed for flats, or with knee-length skirts and shifts.
Zipper Style is in the details, and
these zipper pumps have real
teeth. Wear them with a
layering of gold chains
or an armful of bangles
to capitalize on their
From top: Leather peep-toe pumps,
Dereon, $79; dereon.com.