In the mood for lower-heeled booties

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First off, I can barely walk in my higher-heeled boots these days, and secondly, all of these just look kind of right to me for wearing at the moment. I especially like the cone heel on these sock booties.

dolce vita booties

And I think these look endlessly versatile.

topshop bootie

This pair is just super-cheap.

free people bootie

I’m getting the tiniest goth vibe off of these.

 

mars bootie

It’s Rachel Comey’s Mars bootie, which my most stylish friend wears all winter long.

loeffler bootie

Another sock bootie, in glittery gold and black—perfect for a party. Here it is in black if that’s more your thing.

fisher bootie

You could totally wear this with a dress.

beard bootie

A really quite elegant option from Veronica Beard.

campbell bootie

I like the mix of textures here.

 

aqua bootie

This pair is weatherproof, which is cool.

dee bootie

While this white pair reminds me somewhat of being a majorette, I also think there can be something very chic about a white boot.

 

Here’s a post I did on backpacks not long ago.

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18 Thoughts on In the mood for lower-heeled booties
    Lesley
    14 Mar 2018
    7:06am

    The kitten heels are low-ish, but a lot of those block heels still look super high to me! Am I the only one who can’t bear the feeling of the balls of my feet striking the ground walking around in heels? Judging from store inventories year in and year out and what friends wear, I’d say probably yes.

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      RebeccaNYC
      14 Mar 2018
      8:19am

      3 1/2 inches is a lower heel? yikes. I’m with you Lesley. Low heels are my feet, knees and back’s friend.

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        Sheila
        14 Mar 2018
        9:44am

        I’m with Lesley too! My feet of a certain age have all sorts of issues and I couldn’t walk across a room in 3 inch heels. How about a post on shoes that are stylish and take into account issues like arch support. I love beautiful, stylish shoes and I do opt for clogs often (though mine aren’t as ka-ching or tall as the No. 6 ones) but this winter I’ve been limited to shoes that can take a removable orthotic insole.
        I most certainly love the aspirational shoes but trying to find stylish shoes that I can walk in all day and not looking like I have the “Easy Spirit” of my grandmother–that’s a challenge!

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          Kim
          14 Mar 2018
          11:53am

          The Suede Sam Edelman Kinsey boot with kitten heel was an incredible find for me. Inexpensive and comfortable enough for dancing right out of the box (I typically really have trouble finding comfortable shoes) and somehow the combination of pointy toe and kitten heel makes it even look a little sexy especially considering its a low heel. Highly recommend.

          Sam Edelman Women’s Kinzey, Black Suede, 8.5 Medium US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XC13QXR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_tWGToV5ncxLud

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            Viajera
            15 Mar 2018
            11:56am

            Thanks, Kim! I love it when people name names (in a helpfulness context).

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    c.w.
    14 Mar 2018
    9:55am

    Like with so many other things in fashion life––sometimes it’s best to try things on––I have two pair of booties with 3-ish inch heels that I can wear all day long with no problem. Two different brands, but the fit is perfect with both.

    I am painfully desirous for a pair of Mars booties.

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      Mary Alice
      14 Mar 2018
      11:48am

      I agree – fit means more than anything else. For me, it’s not so much the height of the heel, but rather the shape of the toe. I can’t wear a pointy toe, even in flats. Hate the feeling of my toes crushed together.

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        Heather
        14 Mar 2018
        12:52pm

        Same — heels aren’t an issue, but I need a rounded toe. And the most uncomfortable pair of shoes I’ve ever owned, hands down, were a pair of d’orsay kitten heels. They ripped my feet to shreds.

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        Mamavalveeta03
        15 Mar 2018
        1:44am

        I just saw the BEST meme on that very topic…if I could only remember who posted it.
        Found it! https://goo.gl/images/azFDhr

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    RZ
    14 Mar 2018
    11:35am

    Agreed, so sad that I can’t wear any of my Rag & Bone booties anymore, they are just too high and it’s no longer worth it to be in pain every night. I have had good luck replacing them with Sam Edelman.

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    Mary Alice
    14 Mar 2018
    11:52am

    #1 and #9 are the same bootie….

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      KimFrance
      14 Mar 2018
      12:00pm

      Oops, you are correct. Sorry about that.

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    Jax
    14 Mar 2018
    12:06pm

    Nope. Sorry, but nope.

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    Kathi
    14 Mar 2018
    12:41pm

    Booties, why’d it have to be booties!! 😀 I love the kitten heels, the cone heels, the pointy toes. Love how you are working outward in, Kim. Backpacks, blazers, tees, and now boots. Just an FYI, I used your eyeglass post from last year to pick out some new frames. Thank you for helping me navigate my GOCA!!

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    Hick from Styx
    14 Mar 2018
    4:36pm

    I guess I am a girl of a certain age, because the white boots are a dead ringer for what Phyllis Diller wore in the 1960s, and they scarred me for life. Yikes! Brain bleach can’t erase it.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      15 Mar 2018
      1:48am

      White leather boots with a big blue and gold tassel on the front are the sole (no pun intended) reason I became a majorette in high school. Not kidding. I still wish that I had them! 🙂

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        Viajera
        15 Mar 2018
        11:59am

        I sympathize, Hick, but I too long for a vintage-y looking white boot … which to me means a squarish toe and a block heel. I had such a pair in pre-school. They were knee highs. I know I will never find any boots that nice again. It’s okay. I enjoyed them.

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