Spats Are An Emerging Footwear Trend For 2009

Yet another trend taken from the 18th century is set to gain momentum in 2009; this being spats.  The beauty of the spat is the leather can be attached to any current ankle boot or pump you already have, which instantly makes it into a shiny new piece of footwear with an entirely different look.

I’m not too fond of the gladiator style “Posso the Spat” look; many of these are far too Roman-esque for my tastes and not at all elegant.  The product shots below are from Hi Bandit; much more military like and traditional looking.

For those still wondering WTH is up with spats, a number of designers have been incorporating the spat concept into their footwear designs already, one being Gwen Stefani with her L.A.M.B. “Rosebury” ankle boot.  In reality, any side ankle boot has taken influence from the original spat design.

Try something new…you’ll likely be one of the only people on the block brave enough to pull these off!

Spats Are An Emerging Footwear Trend For 2009


Awesome Motorcycle-esque Boots Ahoy

Awesome Motorcycle-esque Boots Ahoy

Let’s face facts, here: winter is not the time for heeled boots. In the spirit of not dressing like you’re about to hit the slopes, may I suggest the delightfully buckle and zipper laden Virgie boot by Aldo.

Think of it this way; these boots will go swimmingly with all the buffalo check you’ve purchased in the last month (or perhaps it’s just me?)

The Question Of The Sandal Boot
December 12, 2008, 10:07 am
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Sandal boots seem like an elaborate pump.  To me, having a “boot” with less material covering the foot than a traditional ankle boot design makes them pumps, or flats; definitely not boots.  Because of the simple add ons and the new naming convention, I suspect this is just a new way to get people interested in a design that has already been done for decades under the label of a pump.

I have nothing against these designs whatsoever, I simply think this is a borderline hilarious marketing ploy to sell shoes to people who just can’t be without the newest fad.  Call a pump a pump, people.  That is all.

The Question Of The Sandal Boot

From left to right: Rex sandal boot ($145; Topshop), Jessica Bennett Jilt platform sandal ($144; Endless), Davis By Ruthie Davis pixel boot ($785; Endless)

20% Off With Promo Code @ Botkier Shoes
December 1, 2008, 4:48 pm
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People Mag has posted their list of 25 shopping deals, and has included a 20% off promo code for Botkier (shoes only) if you type ‘PEOPLE08‘ in while checking out. Botkier has a wide range of stylish and comfortable shoes and boots of the utmost quality.

Usually out of reach of many, this discount may be your chance to expand your closet with a one (or two?) Botkier footwear pieces.

20% Off With Promo Code @ Botkier Shoes

Three pairs of Botkier shoes you can’t pass up: Jamie boot ($625), Heather boot ($675), Charlotte pump ($450)

Want Of The Day: Michael Kors Eagle Boots

For a pair of flat utilitarian boots, these are fairly fancy indeed.  I’m particularly enjoying the metal grommets up the side of the boot shaft; they add a bit of flair in an otherwise nearly dull riding boot style.

Boots like these are perfect for day tripping; you can keep stylish wherever you are and not sacrafice comfort (translation = you will avoid Blister City).  For the price  of $439, you can walk all over whomever you wish.

I would keep an eye at Saks off 5th (if you’re near one), as I always seem to see a good selection of Michael Kors on sale.

Want Of The Day: Golden Goose Charlyle Boots

Golden Goose has created the current monarchs of the riding boot class. Everything on the Charlyle screams ‘perfect boots’; the distressed leather, the buckle strap, tall boot shaft and the beautifully low heel.

Riding boots like these have the most range for year-round wearing, and keep you from looking too much like a prostitute (as they are without laces or hook-and-eye set ups).

Sadly, these magical boots range at about $1200; though I would imagine that Golden Goose’s craftsmanship would ensure these boots are worn for many seasons to come.

Stella Mccartney Charges $900 For Fake Leather Boots

I love the look of the new slim over the knee boots, but who in their right mind would hand a retailer $900 entirely man made materials that fall apart far quicker than leathers?

I realize that Stella Mccartney has her own beliefs about using leathers and furs (which is all just dandy), but I would say that this boot is wildly overpriced, even if her name is attached to the label.

As many will undoubtedly point out, PVC (the ugly name for faux leather) is heinous for the environment, and extremely cheap to manufacture. The way I see it, Stella Mccartney is being passed off as the patron saint of animal justice in the fashion world while simultaneously screwing her customers with a cheap product.

Personally, I figure there is far worse out there to do than create PVC in mass amounts, but why do designers like Mccartney feel the need to stamp their name on a product and sell it for far more than its worth? Yes, designers do this regularly, though at least most of the other times it occurs the product is constructed with quality materials that do cost more (insert Mike & Chris lambskin leather here).