Sep 23, 2015

Booties 101 + Tips

Booties 101 + Tips

It's F A L L! Finally, the day I have been waiting for since July. I don't know about you all but I love everything about this time of year. The weather is amazing and the fashion trends are booming. NYFW has ended and we are all ready to shop our pants off to get the latest trendy shoes and clothing items. Well, I wanted to give you all a few tips before running out and buying your fall booties. I have noticed that it is very hard to find booties or boots in general that are the perfect fit. By fit I mean style, actual fit and comfort which will vary for us all. All of these preferences are what we tend to consider when heading into the department stores to search for shoes. It can be a hard task if you have no idea what works for you. 

Ankle booties happen to be my favorite shoes of all time so this post is very near and dear to my heart. I love ankle booties for many different reasons but the main reason is that they fit my skinny legs perfectly. It is so hard for me to find riding boots that fit nice and snug on my leg without being baggy or frumpy. This is why I stick to ankle boots or booties instead. 

However, there are so many different styles of ankle booties out there that it is so hard for me to find that perfect style that works best for myself and my wardrobe. To narrow down the list, I tried to put all ankle booties into 4 subcategories. The first category is shoetties, the second is western style, next is classic booties and last but not least is lace up booties. So let's jump right in to discuss them a bit further!

 This style bootie is very low cut. It usually falls a little below the ankle or right at the ankle. They are usually slip on but some also have zippers and buckles. They are easy to style with jeans but may not be the right fit for you if your preferred style is wearing boots with dresses and skirts. Shooties are perfect for those who cling to jeans in the winter and fall. You will need some extra coverage on your legs and ankles because of the low cut. 

Western Bootie:
This style bootie has gained some popularity over the years. Many booties in this category have extra design such as buckles, zippers and fringe to resemble the old western style boots. The toes of the boot are often curled up a bit. They can be pointy or round toe but many are pointy toed with a wide block heel. The western style booties are great for those who cling to jeans as well but are not afraid to wear sweater dresses. They look the best with skinny and straight leg jeans. 

Classic Bootie:
The classic booties are my favorite. I am a simple kind of gal so classic and minimalist is how I like to keep my shoe wardrobe. These booties tend to be very sleek in design. They usually do not have buckles or added flare although some have unique designs. For instance, some may have cut out heels, angled heels, prints, open toes, etc. They are usually above the ankle which makes them versatile when styling. You can pretty much wear anything with a classic bootie-- dresses, skirts, leggings, jeans, culottes, etc. The styling options are endless.

Lace Up Bootie:
This style is pretty self explanatory. The infamous Dr. Martens are a great example of a lace up bootie. They range in height but many fall above the ankle right at the shin. I am seeing a more grunge or rugged design for the lace up booties but they are pretty easy to style. To keep it simple, you either love them or hate them. 

I hope these tips are helpful as you head to the shoe stores to look for the perfect bootie this season! I found my perfect bootie last season at Nordstrom Rack but they are about to hit the dust. I look forward to shopping for more booties soon. I most likely will be heading to Zara and Aldo as I am really liking their Fall collections. I will be sure to share my purchases with you all. 

Here are my favorites from last season. 


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