Bad Ass Boots For You

Don’t get me wrong, though. It’s still summer — it just might be time to start thinking boots.


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.”

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  • tory

    i’m sorry but those Tom Ford boots look like something Nicki Minaj would wear and that IS NOT GOOD

    • Leandra Medine

      Poor Nicki.

  • Iliyana Licheva

    love the Sopia webster ones, but sadly they are way out of my league…. 🙁

  • ashleymaciejewski

    I feel like Carrie Bradshaw would have been a big fan of Sophia Webster.

    • (BAD) Blog About Design

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    • AWolfinChicClothing

      Sorry, I meant

    • AWolfinChicClothing

      Wanted to say, just checked out your blog. Love the mix of quotes/fashion. Great postings, definitely following! xx

  • Alice

    Those Tom Ford boots are bringing the word “ridiculous” to a whole new level

  • Can’t believe we’re talking about boots! It’s going to almost 100 here in Houston today!

  • CarlotaLMorais

    Love the Alexender Mcqueen’s and the short velvet bootie! Both a statement

  • The Fashion Panda

    Oooh boots boots boots, one thing I really like in the winter 🙂

  • Lynn

    I’m one of those freaks who looks for boots in July / August. It’s never too early to start the hunt.

  • Still wanting a pair of Acne’s in the worst way. Boots forever!!

  • Curvily NYC

    Those Acne boots are calling my name.

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  • Mary Boersma

    I’m really not in LUUURVE with any of these… the search continues!

  • The Loeffler Randall boots look like they’d be perfect with the cutoffs you’re planning to wear so much. Or the blue velvet ones. Boots and cutoffs is such a weird American thing that it just might be genius!

  • Katie

    I like those hidden wedge Giuseppe Zanotti cowgirl boots that most people hate… what do you think?

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  • Aimee Voyer

    I’ll be completely honest, Leandra:
    Now that I’ve seen those Tom Fords, I am going to be waiting for you to roll out your satire carpet and strut down it with Pete in a onesie.
    I’ll just sit here til then.

  • fashmongers

    philip lim ones are my favorite

  • CoyoteJean

    This Fall/Winter, I plan to just wear thick socks under my Brikies.

  • Yep. Just bought me a pair of boots and Doc’s. It’s fine. Fall’s already here…sort of.

    Your Friend, Jess

  • Wandering In Heels

    It’s never too early to shop for boots! I’m loving all the fun cuts and colors this Fall. I’m particularly in love with the Sophia Webster ones!

  • Elisa Taviti

    Amazing Miranda!!!
    3.1 Phillip Lim are my favourite!

    With love,

  • I’ll do it à la Miranda: naked in my boots! She’s definitely started a new trend!

    Mafalda ❤

  • AWolfinChicClothing

    Totally feeling the lure of September boots! Just purchased a pair of leopard kitty boots from Charlotte Olympia. Looking forward to falling into “fall” with them. Good post! Personally, i would go for the velvet Penelope Chilvers or a pair of boots from ACNE like the Pistol.

  • If I could live in boots and cold-weather year-round, I would be a happy girl. Plus, those Loeffler Randalls and Acnes are to-do-for.

  • Jackie @ Kleiden drew

    Is there one woman who could pull off (so to speak) each of those looks? The only name that immediately comes to mind is Gwen Stefani. What she’d do w/Tom Ford’s patchwork boogie boots, I’d love to see.

  • Fashionably Sparkly

    I think about boots all year round! 🙂

    Fashionably Sparkly

  • The nicholas kirkwood pair are my favs – their elegant with an understate (curved) edge – fit perfectly into my weekend style report at on cut through shapes in recent trends.

  • Yup, just ordered two (!!) pairs of fall boots the past weeks. Those holographic Topshop boots were on the list too. Might still order them anyway. Although… it’s still super summery here.

    xoxo Iris


  • Katie-Marie Isaac

    Living in Scotland means that I wear boots about 60% of the year so I love when the rest of the world decides to catch up with our climate and not be so -sunnier-than-thou. The Acne beauties are probably my favorites.

  • Sadhbh

    uhhh cannot deal with the penelope chilvers

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