Durable Beauty

Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.

I have a weakness. It commonly afflicts members of the female sex, or so they say… It has often been the ridicule of men who won’t admit that deep down inside they love to see their woman sporting her newest find. Or perhaps these men don’t want to admit that they share a love for the same thing, that is: I. Love. Shoes.
Now, I would like to point out a difference between me and your common shoe addict; you won’t find me just trying on any old shoe. I wouldn’t be caught shopping in the Target shoe aisle, or Payless. I’ll let you in on a little secret: none of the shoes in my collection cost me less than $100 and ALL of my shoes are genuine leather.
But what really turns me on when it comes to shoes is finding that certain shoe with qualities I can’t resist, namely the quality of being durable, functional, and beautiful. While stiletto Christian Louboutins may be for many women who don’t have to walk more than 1 city block at a time (and there is an undeniable beauty to these shoes), on the comfort and functionality scale they just wouldn’t cut it for me.
I could talk about different types of pumps, slingback, and flats all day, but right now, I actually wanted to address the subject of boots.
Boots have been trending for a long time now. And it makes me very happy for the reasons I outlined above. I applaud the Fall/Winter/Early Spring trends towards functionality paired with bold colors and designs. Some well known brands that exemplify what I’m talking about are BornDansko, and Frye (though, I have yet to save up to afford Frye boots).
In particular, I embrace the short bootie trend. If I’m going to wear a boot and want it to be absolutely functional and something I can walk in for hours, I choose booties with a heel height under 2.5 inches. They go not only with many different cuts of jeans, but dresses, skirts, and even shorts. For example: rolled skinny jeans and booties with a lace top? Thrilling combination.
My personal favorites right now are these low-key, shorter heeled fringe booties by Sam Edelman– click on the picture to take you to the boot:
But since I’ve been wearing these non-stop this last winter, the shoe bug is biting me again, and have been looking at other options. Here are some new booties I’ve found that are very tempting right now:
Maybe I’ll just put all of these choices in a hat and choose. I’m a stickler for reading reviews and specifications about shoes, too, so I’ll always bear that in mind when deciding between my next love affair with shoes.