posted by: designer in Tory Burch Shoes on December 6th, 2010
Tory Burch’s inspirations are sometimes quite clear and sometimes much subtler, so it’s a joy to puzzle out just where her aesthetic is going. For me, that’s definitely the case with her Howard Wedge Kiltie Lace-Up Bootie ($395 at Neiman Marcus). There are so many things about these boots that really shouldn’t go together, that seem like they would clash and create a serious shoe disaster, yet somehow all the elements work together.
For instance, in the royal tan shade seen here (the booties are also available in black), it almost looks like a feminine take on a large male work boot – and ordinarily that would be a very bad thing, but Tory Burch knows how to make the masculine feminine. Incidentally, that is one of my favorite trends: sharply tailored suits, girls wearing ties, and yeah, boots evocative of work boots for guys.
The wedge and its attendant high heel make it much more feminine, and so does the exquisitely rendered Oxford-like kilt. The pick-stitching is to die for, as is that gorgeous, innovative tassel. It almost gives the boot a sort of Native American vibe. It has a side zipper with a logo on the tab for that designer feel. The platform is an even inch, while the wedge is about 4 and ¼ inches.
This will definitely get you through any icy weather this winter, while making you look fabulous and fashion forward in the bargain. What do you think about the androgyny trend, where masculine pieces are given a feminine edge?