It was that very photo of Lanvin Fall 2011 collection that made me crave a pair of black ankle boots. Because they are seriously beautiful. And sexy. And go with everything from jeans to evening dresses. And I don’t have any. The latter was seriously damaging for my sensitive stylish self.
Once the initial rush of feelings faded into calmness, I spent an appropriate amount of time searching for my ideal match. I needed those few weeks to come in terms with my new love for black because I’ve always favoured tan over any other colour when it came to shoes and accessories, so it was almost like a change of religion. There were other colour options, of course, but black was the one calling my name.
I began with TheOutnet and Kurt Geiger as they seemed to have the best selection of stylish and reasonably priced footwear. At the end, though, I saw THEM and suddenly everything became organic and natural – the newly found Paciottis (accompanied by a much-welcomed discount), the fit, the look and the ease of communication between the booties and the rest of my wardrobe. This was one of a few, but much needed, additions to greet and meet Autumn 2011. And here are a few inspiration from the catwalk and a shopping list to get you off on the right foot.
Click to buy: 1. Mea Shadow Malu laser-cut leather boots, £110 (originally £220), 2. Diane von Furstenberg Ruched suede ankle boots, £110 (originally £315), 3. Alexander Wang Tasha bandage leather boots, £234.50 (originally £670), 4. Alexander Wang Jacqueline leather platform ankle boots, £203 (originally £580), 5. Christian Louboutin Figurina 140 ankle boot, £895, 6. Stuart Weitzman Bracelet leather platform ankle boots, £210 (originally £420), 7. Alaia Suede platform ankle boots, £959, 8. KG Walter Suede platform laced boots, £190, 9. Charlotte Olympia Satin knot Emilia platform ankle boots, £745
Photo source: ankle boots from the Fall/Winter 2011 collection at Lanvin, Haider Ackermann, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Dries van Noten, Derek Lam, 3.1. Phillip Lim, Giambattista Valli via style.com