I got a coupon in the mail for some good deals on early season boots at DSW, so I went! — despite the fact that it was 92 degrees with nary a cloud in the sky.
Thankfully for me and my feet, DSW has the answer to navigating this very confusing time of year between summer and fall, and the answer is something I call “transitional booties.”
Did you laugh like a teenage boy when I said, “transitional booties”? Because I crack up every time I say it, ha ha ha!
So, what is a transitional bootie? Well, they’re ankle boots, usually made from suede or leather, that you can wear with summery dresses or your favorite fall pant/cozy sweater combo, and they go with everything during that weird in-between phase between summer and fall.
My favorite type of transitional booties are perforated ankle booties.
They have the little hole cutouts in the shoe material, a la instant air conditioning for your feet. On warm days, you can wear them without socks, and perhaps with a dress.
And on cool days…socks!
I really like the Rizzo by Baretraps because of the low heel and the rounded toe.
I also like the Dr. Scholl’s Best Day Bootie. This one is SUPER cute in person, especially in the Olive option, which is a dark, rich green khaki that functions as a neutral.
You’d think that khaki boots wouldn’t match with much, but they’re surprisingly wearable. I bought a pair of boots in a similar color years ago, and to this day, I can wear them with everything.
Speaking of things that can work as neutrals…I’ve come to realize that leopard print goes surprisingly well with a wide variety of outfits.
But what if you aren’t into prints? Well, how about a bootie with some buckles instead? Or, how about the simple lines of a plain ankle boot that helps your outfit really shine.
I’m a big fan of the suede ones… Is it just me, or do they seem a little less like “cold weather” shoes than leather booties?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,