I like my boots cute, sassy, and wearable. Sky-high, stiletto, knee boots may be sexy as hell, but they are just too impractical for the wet, windy, and occasionally icy conditions that fall and winter bring into the life of a gal living in the Pacific Northwest.
So, now I must give a big “Thank you” to Marc Jacobs for apparently reading both my heart and mind - because this year’s fall boots are right down my alley. I just hope I can find a way to finagle at least one of them into my budget and, by extension, my closet.
Boy, do I love the contrasting textures on these. Add to that my near-fetishistic adoration of Oxford details, spectator color contrasts, and wing-tip stitching and these are a personal dream-shoe come true. For all that I love my high-heels, the recent tendency toward towering heels has me craving some kitten shoes to round out my shoe-collection.
This is a fun, playful take on the classic granny boot.
If you are worried that the heels on these are just too dowdy (Which I can’t understand at all – since, to me, these are neo-Victorian smokin’ hot…but to each their own.) , I did find a higher-heeled variation of these. The added height does sacrifice a little of the kitten-heel’s practicality. But, for some of you, that may be a worthwhile trade-off for the added visual impact that comes with a higher heel.
Honestly, I am loving both of these. And with this year’s Steamcon just around the corner, all hints of things Victorian are likely to catch my attention.
If these weren’t enough, our boy Marc has even more variants on the ‘not your grandma’s granny boots’ theme.
Among them is this pair of pull-on ankle boots with a front button-tab detail.
From here, we move on to buckle-front beauties that begin to really pick up modern details in place of the more vintage-y front laces or front-button straps shown above.
Check out that bordeaux color on the right. Gorgeous; Not your grandma’s boots, indeed.
And, from here we move onto the final, rock-star-ready, low-heeled, industrial-styled, buckled boot.
(Zappos also offers these in the stunning Bordeaux color.)
The more I look at this whole MBMJ fall 2010 boot-line, the more I see how they reflect an evolution of the historic to the modern in boot design. I like it.