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The New York woman knows the importance of shoes–city dwelling girls know how to be stylish and somehow getting around all the city streets and happenings even if it doesn’t always mean being comfortable. Even on TV shows like “Sex & The City” could have been called “Shoe In The City” with those women’s love of shoes and the pivotal role it played in their lives. There were many shoes that New York women coveted in 2009, but some shoes broke out and made it to the top 10. Boots were definitely the big winner here.
1. For the last few fall and winters, the bootie has made a comeback. And platform booties had a huge breakout in 2009–it was definitely one of the shoes women had to have. Tory Burch’s Melrose 3 available in black leather and brown suede has a chic downtown vibe, gold buckle detailing and a 4″ heel, and Ash’s Easy Brown Suede in brown suede and also grey leather is fashion-forward with its huge cuff were very popular and slightly usual versions of this shoe.
2. The true fashionistas were brave enough to sport the stiletto boot with the peep toe. This ultra hip shoe looked like a piece of artwork on a woman’s foot. Steven By Steve Madden’s Huntley in black leather boasts side lace detailing and a super high 4 ½” heel, and Donald J. Pliner’s Rula in black patent leather with a suede collar and peace toggle hanging from the zipper were two standouts.
3. The classic motorcycle boot with wrap-around straps seems to be re-emerging again and was manufactured by quite a few shoe companies this fall. There’s so many to choose from and you’ll have to just pick the ones that call to you, are comfortable and fit in your budget. We suggest Lucky Brand Los Angeles’ Astrid, Vera Wang Lavender’s Camella for a vintage look, and Chloe’s CH13180 for the ultimate in style–all of these boots are in black leather, of course.
Reptile & Animal
5. Pumps are a classic style that works year round. Chie Mihara’s pumps have a European flavor to them with their duotone colors and stylish bows and laces–the Gretchen and the Ganz are to be envied. The new square toe was another trend in pumps that was done well by Vanelli with their shoes designed for Jildor–the Rewid available in three colors of suede are definitely a twist on a classic not to be missed.
6. Summer may be gone, but platformwedge heels are here to stay in open and closed-toed versions. Diane Von Furstenberg’s Empire wedge in black suede with gunmetal detailing and Jeffrey Campbell’s Jenny-C black leather platforms with chain detailing were two shoes we had to have.
7. Western boots although a classic staple made a comeback in a big way. Frye is always the first name that comes to mind when thinking about boots. Their Deborah Grey in distressed leather make western funky and fun, and the Carmen Harness in dark brown leather is another classic look with a modern spin. Short cowboy boots almost considered booties were also a runaway trend–Steve Madden’s Vested in black or brown leather was not only stylish but also extremely comfortable with the highly functional rubber insoles.
Faux Fur + Shearing Trims
8. Boots with faux fur or shearling trim were also hot. Juicy Couture’s Igloo in grey and taupe suede and the black quilted Snowzip in black with a fleece lining and cuff kept us warm and comfortable on those windy, snowy and rainy days of winter.
Knee High Boots
10. But by far the hottest trend was over-the-knee boots with a one to three inch heels. Joie’s Cochella in luggage leather pull on and have vintage buckle styling and Steve Madden’s Blondee in black suede was two of our favorites.