My favorite thing about cold weather is the ability to wear boots again, and I was thrilled this season to discover that designers have finally taken the lace-up boot farther than Timberlands and Doc Martens. By taking cues from Victorian women, Old West Ladies of Leisure, and even Biker Chicks, weâ€™ve now got gorgeous high-heeled creations by loads of designers, with fits for any budget.
Strapped for shoe cash? Try Newport News â€“ the fabulous Western-style mid-calf boot is under $50, a serious steal for kidskin leather and satin-ties. Their clearance department has two get-em-while-you-can options â€“ faux fur trimmed bootie for under $30 and sleek microfiber for under $25. Both have stiletto-style heels, so you can work your inner domme-schoolmarm look. If youâ€™ve a bit more to spend, try the Victorian-cum-military look by Jeffrey Campbell. If you prefer simple chic, try Via Spiga‘s Rapido ($339). Lulu Guinness glams up a classic with lace and metallic trimming. Itâ€™s darling and daring.
The king-daddy of the lace-up trend is Michael Kors. His fierce boots are pricey but worth it. Neiman Marcus has the biker-chic boots for $795.00. Find a bargain on Michael Kor’s lace-up Moc toe boots at Zappos.com.