As many of you know, I recently returned from a buying trip to Paris. One that was all around inspiring and uplifting, and a true visual feast when it came to selecting from the plethora of new collections that would be hitting stores in the spring and summer of next year.
What was a far cry from inspiring? My recent visit to Nordstrom’s, where my hope to cure my PPD (Post Paris Depression) was met with the sorriest selection of shoes and boots I have ever come across. And at the King of Prussia mall no less! Pardon my rant, but my anger and frustration at this finding merited a dedicated post. As far as fashion is concerned, I know that Philly is considered to be less audacious than sister cities, NYC, LA and even Chi-Town… but why are we consistently being pegged as the fashionably conservative?
There wasn’t an embellished boot in sight in the whole of the shoe department. What happened to the metallic and the velvet, the patchwork, sequined and embroidered? I blame it on the buyers, who consistently choose to go with the ‘safe bet’ over the standout, because they are convinced that it’s what we want, and what will sell. No one wants to see last season’s merchandise on the shelf. I also blame it on us, the consumers, for settling for second best. We can do so much better than that.
Below I’m sharing some of the most whimsical boots of the season… take notes, Nordstrom’s. These beauties are available in stores (unless of course you’re in Philadelphia), with the exception of the Yull Chester Herringbone Boot, which is available in our Main Street store and the web shop.
All for now! xo
All edge with the Coach Chelsea Boot
Brocade bliss with Sam Edelman’s Cambell Floral Brocade Ankle Boot
Christian Louboutin’s brilliantly luminous Praguoise Boot
Valentino Star-Studded Denim Ankle Boot
Yull Chester Herringbone Boot – available in the LILA webshop!
Seriously starstruck by Chiara Ferragni Flirting Glitter Ankle Boot
Gucci Peyton Faux-Pearl Leather Boots
Are you looking at this detail?
The divine Aquazzura 105 Fauna Embellished Velvet Ankle Boot
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