The Fashion Statement: Bootie Call
Italian luxury shoe purveyor Sergio Rossi is commemorating the Cannes Film Festival in a few weeks with an evening sandal made of crystals adorning a soft suede net (pictured above). You can get the limited-edition shoes Sergio Rossi boutiques in Milan, Rome, Paris and London. Personally, I don't miss the diamonds (as in some red-carpet publicity shoes of yore). And, not surprisingly, Sergio Rossi's silhouette of choice? A quasi bootie.
In fact, shoe designers are increasingly pushing creativity to the max, as anyone who has seen this season's Alexander McQueen's armadillo shoes or the Gucci's caged ankle boots can attest. And most designs, whether designers call them sandals, pumps or platforms, are centered upon the bootie concept.
For those of you who've been living under a rock lately, the bootie or shootie or ankle boots or whatever you'd like to call them, are high-heeled boots cropped off at the ankle. It is THE shoe of the moment and they've been around for the past few seasons. Even if the shoe is considered a sandal, the modern look is a foot that's strapped up, buckled up, wrapped up in silk and, generally speaking, hidden from plain view. In other words, anything that gives the impression of a bootie.
For fall, booties are on acid. Out of control. Exciting. There are cut out slingback crocodile sandals, lace up sandals with bows, leather and python sandals with buckle stacked upon buckle stretching up the foot. There are boots with fringe, leather booties that look like construction boots, booties that look like they're made from candle wax drippings, canvas with croc trim, feathered, furred, elasticized, rubber toed and fanned out. Many of them are perched on platform soles.
Roger Vivier's navy felt booties trimmed with gold leaves and Alexander McQueen's booties on gilded heels sculpted into angels blow my mind. Thee are shoes so opulent, Louis XIV would feel under dressed. In other words, when it comes to booties, you can never overdo it. More is more is more.
The appeal of booties is that they're versatile. Pair them with jeans and trousers, mini skirts, dresses and, yes, even evening wear. They'll keep a girl clear of prissy, dainty, or dowdy.