How to Wear Booties
A style guide to looking leggier in booties
-Lois Joy Johnson
Bootie, booties, booties everywhere you look! The streets around the Bryant Park tents where the Spring 2010 runway shows were held were filled with fashionistas traipsing around in the shoe of the moment. Booties are great – they go perfectly with this fall’s leggings and minis … but beware: sometimes they can be not-so-flattering. The rules are fairly easy to understand: when you cut off a leg visually at the ankle or embellish the foot with outsized, exaggerated shapes, you shorten and widen the leg. Of course the fastest way to boost your sleek quotient is to wear booties with opaque black tights but so far, bare legs are making the cut. I spent a long afternoon in Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store’s famous 8th floor shoe department (the one with its own zip code 10022-SHOE) to observe the try-ons of women anxious to get in on the bootie act. Check my style guide below before hitting the streets (and oh yeah before you scream about the prices– I’ve given options for everyone):
1. WEDGE BOOTIES WITH NO PLATFORM AT ALL WILL CHIC YOU UP.
These booties boost your height just enough, lengthen your legs, look trendy with leggings and drapey matte jersey dresses and … you can drive in them. The trick is to choose sculpted, narrow wedges (as opposed to clunky bricks) with tapered toes that stretch the look of your legs. Petite women under 5’4” will love them and soccer moms will be tempted to leave their Uggs and ballet flats at home. If you want your shoes to slim your feet or ankles, skip these.
Clockwise from bottom left: Givenchy‘s wedge booties are a good example ($890, saksfifthavenue.com). The Belle by Sigerson Morrison bandana wedge ankle boots are slightly more real life ($345 saksfifthavenue.com). Even better: the BCBGeneration Moira ankle boot ($118, endless.com), or the Gabriella Rocha ankle boots ($46.68, 6pm.com).