Here in Southern California, the cliché pumpkin spice latte drinking, sweater wearing, bonfire sitting, hayride and apple-picking type of fall never quite comes to fruition. Often times, instead of cooling down, the weather starts heating up at the end of August – giving Californians a second summer. That doesn’t mean we’re immune to the need for a comfortable sweater and a great pair of boots. Which is why, when I saw the new bootie trend, I looked at the thermometer, which read over 90-degrees, ran to the South Bay Galleria jumped on the bootie ‘hay’ wagon.
This new generation of half-boots was actually a fashion I slightly scoffed at when I first started seeing the pint-sized pairs. As a short person, things that make you look shorter are never things that end up in my closet. Luckily, I fell head-over-heels (literally) for a pair of suede Sam Edelman ‘Holt Booties’ ($100). The love affair blossomed from there once I realized that the bootie trend is multi-purpose, and didn’t cut off my legs and make me look like a munchkin. Not only can they be worn with jeans, but they also look great with a pencil skirt or a shift dress. Now my closet is full of a rainbow of bootie colors – I have the basics, like a pair of black caged Vince Camuto sandals ($139) and brown ‘Ronan’ peep toe booties ($250) but I also went wild and bought a pair of Topshop ‘Blinked’ fringe ankle boots – that have turned into my go-to shoe. I’m currently dreaming of the bone-colored ‘Orphillia’ boot from Aldo ($110) and may also have an oxblood-colored pair of unknown origins hiding in my trunk… Okay, it’s gotten a little out of hand, but these shoes are a must for every single closet this fall, especially those looking to update an entire closet with just one key item.