Ok gang. I’m back at it. Now that the sale is open to all, let’s start with my very favorites (which also happen to be the ones that may sell out quickly).
First up? The Rag and Bone Moto Boots, $389 down from $595
I know these are pricey. But…they’re the kind of boots you can walk everywhere in, go to the playground in, and otherwise mess up. They’ll just look better with some wear and tear. And moto boots are a classic – notice that sort of in-between shape? Not tall boots, but not exactly short boots either? Yeah. You could wear these for years. Rag and Bone also nailed the color. They’re listed as “gray”, but in reality they are sort of a grayish moss with really dark brown leather detailing. Which means…these boots would look just as good with browns and navy as they would with black. They would literally go with everything without being matchy-matchy. So. For these reasons, despite the $$, the Rag and Bone Moto boots make the top spot in my recommendation. (You have to calculate your own personal CPW cost-per-wear to see if they make sense for you.)
Next? Louise et Cie Andora Over-The-Knee Boot, $134 down from $199.
Ummm…these are FABULOUS. They’re comfortable, shockingly lightweight, flat and they have a similar stretchy back panel as the Stuart Weitzman boots I’ve been coveting. (For $635. And if you remember my rule from earlier, I’m a “NOT $600” kind of girl.)
Here’s my “yeah….these are gooood” face:
I can pretty much promise that these Louise and Cie boots will sell out fast. They look too much like the Weitzmans not too…and now that I know how comfortable they are? Yikes.
Ok, moving on to Steve Madden’s Munch Military Boot, $112 down from $169.
If you recall, I wore boots like this all Spring and L-O-V-E-D them. These are a solid buy.
Be a little leery of color. I loved the black (which in reality is actually a cool, slightly distressed gray as pictured)…but the tan colors? Not so much. It was a bit too construction worker for me. Observe:
Next!! I somehow missed these the first time, but reader Rachel pointed them out. Hunter’s Short Moto Rainboot ($129 down from $195) is a very welcome update from the norm, and so practical (yet chic!) for rainy day worm hunts.
And now we have the Steve Madden Snake Embossed Slip-On Sneaker, $60 down from $90.
Holy cow I love these shoes.
These are slightly higher than medium comfortable. I did find the back of the heel a bit stiff, but I suspect they would soften over time. The shoes I really wanted, however, are the Vince Bowen Slip on sneakers. I have it on good authority that those are shockingly comfortable. And they must be – as of Friday, Nordstroms at King of Prussia had only one (!!) left. In size 10. In any case, whether you go with the Vince slip-ons or the Steve Madden snake slip-ons, this is THE new sneaker shape for Fall.
Ok, let’s move on to the heels!! The next two pairs of shoes surprised me by being both comfortable AND hothothot. Voila…
Via Spiga Jaffa Wedge Sandal, $150 down from $225
These sandals are every bit as comfy as I’d hoped they’d be…but surprisingly sexy, too.
Now the Sam Edelman Palma Heels, $99 down from $160 are obviously sofreakinghot….but also soft and padded, making them…comfortable? Yes. (warning: That heel is pretty darn high.) And that IS a mirrored heel, BTW.
Ok, now let’s talk about those Frye’s. Specifically, the Anna Shortie Leather Boot, $218 down from $327.
So. I’ve tried this boot on several times (like seriously 10)…and I…like…it. It’s not true love, but I like it. For some reason, these boots don’t make my heart beat fast. Maybe that’s just me. The good news is that the initial stiffness I noticed was already starting to give after the 6th or 7th try-on, so my concerns with comfort have been alleviated. And if you are looking for a wear-with-everything kind of boot, this rich camel is one of the most versatile colors (goes well with brown, black, navy, etc.). So IDK.
Now compare these to the Hinge Sheldon Boots, $99 down from $150:
It’s…close, right? I mean I like how the zippers (on both sides of the boot) allow you do make the opening bigger or smaller. I think it looks kind of…nonchalantly cool, you know? But the Fryes will hold up better in the long run (and probably be more comfortable to boot. Get it? “To boot?”)
And then to further complicate matters…for the same price point as the Hinge boots, DV by Dolca Vita (another fav brand) has the Ferin buckle boots.
Soooo….yeah. To make your head hurt further, my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shop has a few additional boot/shoe picks for those interested.