18 October 2016

Save, Spend, Splurge: 2016 Fall Booties

I'm so happy that booties are still trendy this fall - I love them!!

Save, Spend, Splurge: 2016 Fall Booties - You don't have to spend a fortune to look modern and wear the latest trends! I'm sharing less expensive alternatives for fall 2016 ankle booties!

I picked up several new pairs of booties last year, so I don't know if I'll buy any this year or not. (I bought some before I even finished writing this post!) While I like to be "modern", I'm not terribly wrapped up in being too trendy. If a trend works for me, I'll go for it, but I have no problem passing on the ones that don't work for me.

With that said, I noticed that all of the styles of booties I purchased last year are still available this year! I'm going to share a few of my favorite styles at different price points, because you don't have to spend a lot to have a modern look!

The one pair of booties that I wore the most last year was a pair of black suede wedge pull-ons from Nine West. I picked mine up at the outlet store during a sale for just $50 (original price was $99), and not only are they comfortable, but I always get compliments on them. Nine West changed theirs from a plain pull-on to a zipper with a bow, so my exact bootie is no longer available. The pricey version is the Lanvin Chelsea at $725. The Payless Rosie is very similar and currently on sale for $44.99. It's also BOGO time at Payless, so you could pick up another pair of shoes for 50% off - great deal! (If you buy online, they have a code for an additional 10% off - ZZ10FUN.)

The pull-on wedge booties is popular this fall. Payless has a $45 alternative to the $725 Lanvin version!

Another style that is really popular is the western-style bootie, and there are so many versions of this! Some are very casual with low block heels like cowboy boots, some are dressy with stiletto heels, and there are a ton of styles in-between. I have a pair of the dressier ones in light grey suede with a few grey metallic leather accents, but I would like to have a more casual pair. I do love the look of the rag & bone "Harrow" style, which is what I've featured below - but I don't love the $495 price tag. Fortunately, there are a lot of similar styles at a lot of different price points. The Indigo Rd. Sigrid booties are faux suede and faux leather, and the reviews say they are comfy but run slightly narrow.

The western-inspired bootie with a stacked heel is popular this fall. Indigo Rd has a $50 alternative to the $495 rag & bone  version!

A couple of other versions: Vince Camuto Faythe at $149. I love Vince Camuto! I haven't tried these particular boots, but reviews say they run small so size up; and Aerosoles A2 Invitation for $60 which reviews also say run a bit small and narrow so size up.

The western-inspired bootie with a stacked heel is popular this fall. Aerosoles has a $60 alternative to the $149 Vince Camuto version!

And one last pair that is definitely inspired by the rag & bone "Harrow" in black leather is the Karol bootie from XOXO - I found it at several stores in black faux leather, but Famous Footwear has it on clearance for just $30 (reg. $69)! You know I couldn't resist that, so I bought them! I actually bought 2 sizes and will keep the size that fits best. They have free returns to the store, and I saved $5 off the flat-rate $5.95 shipping by signing up for emails. I'll post an update once I get them. I was kind of sad that they didn't have a taupe suede version because I already have several pairs of black boots/booties, but I couldn't resist them for the price.
(Update: Super-fast shipping from Famous Footwear! But unfortunately, the store that sent the size 7 boots sent the wrong boots! I called right away to see if I could get the size 7 sent before I left for vacation, but the size 7 was sold out. The size 6.5 fit lengthwise, but they do run a bit narrow, and since they are faux leather I was concerned as to whether they would stretch with wear. Customer service was wonderful. They gave me an immediate refund for the size 7's even though I hadn't mailed them back yet, plus they sent me a shipping label to send them back free of charge. They offered to do the same for the size 6.5 if I didn't want to keep them, but I decided for the price, I would go ahead and give them a try. So customer service also refunded my shipping charges! Great customer service, Famous Footwear! I've only worn the boots once, but I felt like they were less snug after I had them on for a couple of hours. I'm going to try wearing them around the house with some thicker socks to stretch them a bit more. They're really cute!)

The western-inspired bootie with a stacked heel is popular this fall. XOXO has a $30 alternative to the $495 rag & bone version!

Another popular style is a modified combat/hiking boot with a block heel. I'm a fan of this style, too. I picked up a cute pair last year at the Nine West outlet - again, during a sale, so I got a great deal - and I love that the tops of mine can either be left up for taller boot or folded over for a shorter look. I don't see mine on the Nine West website, so that style must be discontinued. The Frye Sabrina 6G boot is a full leather (including the lining) lace-up version that is $328. The Timberland Earthkeepers Glancy is less than half that, with a full grain leather upper, at $130.

The lace-up combat/hiking bootie with a block/stacked heel is popular this fall. Timberland has a $130 alternative to the $328 Frye version!

And if you're really looking for a bargain, DbDk has a leatherette version at just $30.99.

The lace-up combat/hiking bootie with a block/stacked heel is popular this fall. Timberland has a $130 alternative to the $328 Frye version - and DbDk has a pair for just $30!

The one style that is trending this fall that I'm not particularly fond of is the open toe bootie. I don't know why I don't like them - maybe I just haven't found the right pair. I have other open toe shoes, but I just don't like the open toe booties. That said - I realize that some of you may love the style, so I'm going to show some of the different price points for that as well.

The perforated Majorca peep-toe booties by Toms are cute, and they're fairly reasonably priced for suede leather at $98. Target has a similar pair in their Journee Collection - the Emm faux suede peep-toe bootie priced at $50. Honestly, with only that much difference between the two, I would probably just spring for the real leather because it would last longer.

The open toe bootie with a stacked heel is popular this fall. Journee has a $50 alternative to the $98 Toms version!

I did find one other pair that was slightly similar, with the cutwork just at the tops. The Rayce peep-toe booties by Report are also faux leather, but they are currently on sale for just $30 at Famous Footwear (orig. $70). So that's quite a steal!

The open toe bootie with a stacked heel is popular this fall. Journee has a $50 alternative to the $98 Toms version - and Report has a $30 alternative!

Are you loving booties for fall and winter? Which ones are your favorites?

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