Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Alterna-boots

Well, I felt pretty bad about being such a wet blanket about those Louboutin boots my friend Elke fell in love with, and so I went trawling around on the interwebs to find some alternative boots. I was looking for good, basic, high-heeled black boots that you could wear for some time without them going out of style.

There are some expensive boots here, and there are some boots that are great deals, but what you're not going to see are cheap boots. Because good boots are wardrobe staples and the sorts of things you shouldn't be afraid to spend as much as you can afford on. Chosen well, they'll get you through several years in style.





Love the subtle piping and the black buttons -- like spats.




BALLY - SOFT STRETCH NAPPA BOOTS


Gorgeous. Not cheap, but definitely not disposable.







The back ruching gives these a slouchy feel.






















Thee are gorgeous -- so simple & elegant.








Yeah, buddy, now we're talkin'. Not so basic, certainly but who can resist that patent and those fantastic heels?







Mmrroooowrrrr. How about that back lacing? Sex-ay.











Okay, I'm pretty embarrassed by these next ones...




But I can't help it -- I love them! Oh, god, I'm so ashamed!! (::Style Spy bursts into mortified tears::) Here I stand, a so-called fashion professional, actually advocating for a pair of black lace (lace!) stiletto-heeled boots with big gold bows (bows!) on the toes, but I don't care!! I LOVE them!! Oh, lord, you've lost all respect for me now, haven't you? But this is me, warts & all, and my warts? Lurve those boots.







Great shape on these, but that is a really tall shaft. Probably not good for the petite. I think these must be intended as a slouch or over-the-knee boot, but the picture doesn't convey that.








The curves on these are so sexy -- the ankles, the heels. Yum.










Lovelovelove the snakeskin detailing on these -- really gorgeous and special.


There are a lot of good boots out there and since spring is just around the corner, there are a lot of good boots on sale. So click any of the e-tailer links on the right side of the blog (including my newest affiliate, Jildor Shoes) and start shopping!

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8 comments:

dana said...

Marvelous. Love the suede with buttons and the platforms. Zappos also has great sales on Charles David, which seems to have the point toed stiletto boot down. (I still remember Manolo's recommendation of the Butane as part of a witch costume that would keep on giving long after Halloween.)

You may love the Betsey Johnson boots if it's ok for me to love my red cowboy boots. Those are probably ubiquitous where you live, but here, they're radical. And it's way too wet for suede or espadrilles, so I have to get my fun where I can.

StyleSpy said...

Dana -- of course it's okay to love your red cowboy boots. I had a pair for many years that I adored & wore to shreds and my life has been emptier without them.

I, Goddess said...

I would totally wear the Betsey Johnson boots. I have several different pair of Betsey shoes in my clost and I love them all. And when I wear them, everyone is pea-green with envy. I think you should buy them and strut in style. I think I need boots with a gold bow and pink sole.

StyleSpy said...

Goddess -- I love my loyal enablers, er, I mean readers.

sarahn said...

You *like* those monstrosities? I'm sorry, I can't read your blog anymore! :)

Anonymous said...

Those Betsey Johnson boots...love them. I swooned over all the boots but I really liked the Betsey's. I would love you to be my stylist! That way I would be sure to have a closet of more than dull basics.

Er, I also have a pair of red cowboy boots, handmade for me out West in Canada almost 25 years ago. They don't really play well where I love, but some days, I wear them anyway.

Yours in shopping,

Christine

Anonymous said...

Oops, I meant "live" not "love".

Christine

elke said...

Thanks so much for this post!!!!!