I’ve been hearing people talk about locating “the perfect fall boots” since as early as July. You’d think the moment the clock strikes September, in the vein of Cinderella, we turn into pumpkin-dwelling eskimos, fighting for warmth and the accoutrements that traditionally facilitate that. I don’t necessarily blame the searchers though. Even though July seems like a pretty early starting point, buying boots is an easy, efficient and pleasantly distracting way to demarcate the climatic difference between summer (fun) and winter (stab me).
The real question is in why the conversation is about locating the boots and not actually getting them – and the answer is pretty simple. Finding fresh boots in the dead of summer? Tricky. Trying your luck again the first week of September – not as hard which is precisely why we’ve compiled a selection of ten pairs of what are arguably the only boots that can take you into Fall without constantly reminding you how much better life was in August. Don’t get ahead yourself, though.
We do still have twenty days of a Birkenstock-laden summer ahead of us.
Starting with Miranda Kerr’s naked body as shot by Terry Richardson for last September’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar US, I just want to say, if you prefer clothing with your boots, that’s totally fine.
1. Up first we have McQ by Alexander McQueen’s chunky grey suede booties equipped with double buckle and interior shearling. They seem perfect for a late night beach walk. But if chunky isn’t you thing, don’t worry.
2. Nicholas Kirkwood inserted an huge pearl into his heel’s crevice which make these shoes highly appropriate for almost anything including sex.
3. 3.1 Phillip Lim continues to prove his value by producing the world’s most comfortable OTK boot slash sandal proving suitable for no where, acceptable for everywhere.
4. But if heels aren’t your bag – which they may not be – especially when considering how much more often the flat shoes of our footwear pursuits are worn, you may way to consider stepping into a big fat fall trend – velvet – with Penelope Chilvers‘s navy velvet chelsea boots.
5. Or make like Saint Laurent and pair a white sweater, white jeans and a beige jacket with cognac colored, wood heel ankle length Loeffler Randall flat boots that are becoming considerably more French and far less Western the longer I look at them.
6. In more trends you should try: how about a black and white shoe? I do believe if these monk-strap, cap toe booties, equipped with ankle strap and everything could talk, they’d tell me they’ve recently belonged to Frank Sinatra, Caroline Sieber and Jesse Katsopoulous which, of course, makes them a sheer Topshop win.
7. One win can only survive if it’s followed by another, though. Don’t tell me you’re over the short, chunky heel that Acne highly popularized last summer. Topshop is stamping it one more time. Vive le 90s.
8. But maybe you’d rather live in the aughts! How about another version of double buckle flat boots, by Acne, that show some skin and offer a wink?
9. For those of us still mentally invested in heels, Sophia Webster is doing this fun thing where she makes a white boot almost entirely of net and includes a cap toe which printed rose petals on it. The back side is open which technically makes them sandals and summer appropriate, too, so have your eat and eat it.
10. And finally, why not marvel in the patchwork of these fuchsia, exotic skinned, thigh high boots and share one mental image: Jay Z wearing them, while rapping along to his own famous lyric, “I don’t pop Molly, I rock Tom Ford.”