Shoe Vous Plait: 7 Western Shoes To Snatch NOW
It didn’t take Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel show in Texas to spark my adoration for western-wear, but I sure did adore every second of his fun exploration into the world I so covet! And what better way to hone in on that Western style than with your shoes? Whether you’re a gun-slinging cowgirl ready to rein in the trend with gusto or just want a tame, mellow way to channel the feel, here are 7 western shoes you should snatch RIGHT NOW:
I bought Madewell’s Erin Boot ($184.50 + 20% off with code MOODLIFT!) with zero hesitation a month ago and have not stopped wearing them. The heel height is perfect – enough of a lift without being high. I might have to get the black now that they’re on sale. I wear them with skinny blue jeans, a peasant blouse and draped cardigan or with a simple crew neck sweater and layered boyfriend cardigan. I find the half boots works well and those who have bigger calfs – letting your bare ankle shoe will make you appear slimmer! You may also like these Frye booties, too!
One thing I’m not a fan of? Polished and flashy western boots! Which is why Golden Goose is a maj favorite. These washed puppies come rubber banded and scrunched from factories in Italy where artisans rub paint, dirt, and the likes all over them for a perfect patina that takes years and years to perfect otherwise. These Texan gilded boots were made for walking and talking ($1,241). But check out their matte leathers, too! The wide ankle opening on these makes them super flattering for all leg types – you will only look slimmer in these!
Similarly, but at a third of the price, you might also like Paul Green’s ‘Taggart’ Boot ($420).
Slightly less expensive in that realm is Freebird by Steve Madden. In addition to their amazing weathering, they have the perfect, rounded, upturned toe that makes sure people know these are a fashion boot. The Lasso boot ($245) happens to be my favorite from the line.
If you’re not ready for a full on cowboy boot, this fusion midi heel should do the trick. Part Mary Jane, part cowboy kicker, these color blocked suede and patent beauts from Toga ($495) are a thing of wonderment. Please wear these with a batik printed maxi dress or skirt/tank combo or with your black skinnies and a white summer sweater…and stat.
I can’t not include the Rag & Bone Harrow Bootie. It’s such a classic for our times! Comfortable (I went down a half size!), convertible, classic and not brimming with detail that would limit you in anyway. Black suede is safe and they look better and better with age. So thrilled they are finally on sale ($371)!
Always a fan of the moccasin, I’ve been coveting these Isabel Marant studded and grommeted moccs since I first spotted them on the runway. Alas! They are too narrow for my medium feet and couldn’t bear discomfort in what is supposed to be THE most comfortable shoe of all time! And more so, I found the grommets to dig in to my ankles and they’re not worth scarring over! Right? Or maybe they are…. But in the case I’m not wrong about that, I return to the basics: Minnetonka. I adore many of their silhouettes, but none more than their newest Concho feather bootie ($52.95). Though narrow at first, these stretch to fit your foot quickly and are fabulous with leggings and tunics, leggings and sweaters, denim cut offs and short slip dresses.
DISCLAIMER: I’m slightly obsessed with Western culture. From Native American history, rituals and style to the trials of the Old West and cowboys and their inherent style….I just love it! They speak to me! Maybe I get it from my paternal grandmother who travelled to California in a covered wagon at the beginning of the 20th century? Maybe it was trips as a child to the desert? Arizona? Utah? Colorado? Maybe it’s because I’m obsessed with horses and their entire world? The only reason I feel I need to explain, is that I want you to know that my obsession is genuine, authentic and somehow inherent to who I am (and therefore, to how I dress). I do not intend that to be cultural appropriation, in any way that could be construed as a negative…
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