We typically don’t have too much real winter weather here in Raleigh, but a Fall wardrobe renewal is still in the cards. Let’s talk shoes.
Boots are essential. They’ll carry you through hours at the office, yard work, nightlife and snow. They come in flats or heels, wedges or booties. They’re up to knee-high and they get taller each season.
If you’re shopping for boots, go with leather, and pick neutral colors. Black and brown you can hold onto for years, but gray can easily look cheap. When comparing styles, look at the shoe’s hardware and think about how you judge metals if you’re buying jewelry. Gauge by weight and color.
Fall 2010 runways seem to all go in one of two directions–minimalistic or romantic. Footwear trends this year are more utilitarian and androgynous than ever before. But a grungy, dirty motorcycle boot will appear tamed and beautiful beneath a long, feminine dress or skinny jeans and a blush-colored chiffon top. Think Kurt Cobain meets early Halston.
The wedge heel is very popular on a lean boot or bootie. American icon Tommy Hilfiger earned attention recently for the sky-high, heeled duck boot in his Fall collection. I hope this shearling-lined boot, delicately evoking New England nostalgia, will forever replace the shapeless Ugg.
As a general guide, remember to stick to classic shapes—tall riding boot, motorcycle, or western—and only go towards more trendy styles if your disposable income allows.
Where to shop for boots in Raleigh:
Quality—Main & Taylor
Repairs—Man Mur Shoe Shop