It has been well-documented on this blog that Fall/Winter is my favorite time of year. Sartorially speaking, the looks, sounds, and feels of this season always seem the most pronounced: a sumptuous coat elegantly draped over the shoulders, the layering of a cozy cashmere sweater, the swish of a scarf as you toss it around your neck. But the transition into cooler temps wouldn't be complete without the season's line-up of covetable coverings for your feet. Yes, SHOES. No winter outfit is really ready without some very special footwear, and breaking out all of my trusty boots and booties, calf hair pumps, and velvet flats makes every day feel like the holidays. This year, there are 5 styles in particular from Donald J Pliner that I've been unabashedly eyeing for months and finally managed to get my hands on (or rather, get on my feet).
1. The Over-The-Knee Boots
When it starts getting real cold, I face the constant conundrum of finding comfortable, warm shoes that I can wear everyday, with any outfit. Furry boots don't really tick the boxes of "cool," "stylish," or "works with any outfit," so those are out. And I have to say that I've really reached my fill of the riding boot look. But with sleek lines and buttery stretch leather, these OTK offerings from Donald Pliner are the perfect solution to my everyday shoe woes. They're incredibly comfortable (buh bye, blisters), fashion-forward (love that pointed-toe), and make every outfit a head-turner. Though the over-the-knee boot trend has been going strong for a few years now, this year's selection has been better than ever, reinvigorating my love of this style and reigniting inspiration for the endless outfit possibilities.
2. The Flat Booties
Another no-fail style in my everyday arsenal, the flat bootie is possibly the Fall/Winter accessory that I look forward most to wearing. Comfortable, chic, and looks great with jeans, dresses, and skirts alike, it's no wonder why the flat bootie remains a huge trend every year. This midnight Alie Haircalf and Florentine Snake Bootie injects some serious glamour into the casual style, easily elevating your basic jeans and sweaters. Because these aren't your average flat booties, I decided to style them with a not-your-average Fall look: a navy slip dress worn over a burgundy turtleneck. The loose slip dress and cozy top provide a simple but cool backdrop for the statement shoes.
3. The Heeled Booties
Ok, so I have a bit of an obsession with boots and booties, but when I want comfort and style for a more dressed up look, the heeled bootie is absolutely the way to go. With a chunky heel and almond-shaped toe, these Hudson Calf Leather and Kid Suede Booties are supple yet structured enough for some major sophistication. I love pairing them with a knit dress and leather jacket for a little hard-soft contrast, but they would look equally stylish with jeans and a blazer. They're the ultimate versatile heel for holiday parties, date nights, and work functions alike.
4. The Velvet Flats
Proving that I have the ability to branch out a bit from my boot/bootie obsession, another "must" on this season's shoe-do list (*cue pun-induced eye roll*) is a luxe velvet loafer. Perfect for running around town or just lounging with friends, the Galiasp flat from DJP is a cozy yet upscale take on a classic style. I love the rich chianti hue (not sure if you've noticed, but I also wear a ridiculous amount of burgundy tones), which is a nice, subtle, seasonally appropriate pop-of-color amongst my typical sea of neutral tones.
5. The Calf-Hair, Leopard Print Pumps
Though I'm not typically the decked-out-in-prints type, I strongly believe that, in moderation, animal print can add a bit of edge to an outfit. It's certainly a bold choice, but when constructed in a classic silhouette, like this Hailee Multi Giraffe Haircalf Pump, the right print can be sophisticated and fashion-forward. I paired these heels with a black chunky turtleneck sweater and some of-the-moment high-waisted jeans with a distressed hem for a look that is equal parts trendy and understated. Ready for work, a night out, and everything in between.
Thank you to Donald Pliner for partnering with me on this post!