Black booties are an essential, like oxygen. Yup, that’s right. Your black booties are as completely as essential as the air you breathe (I guess…um…to a certain point). So don’t think for a million trillion years that we would ever tell you to get rid of them—because that would be sartorial insanity. Instead, however, we want you to experience all of the non-basic black bootie options out there. No, not all of them go with everything. But, you can confidently enter a party/function/work/the grocery store on Ninth Avenue without ever wondering if that girl over there (with the awesome pixie cut and designer handbag) is wearing YOUR SHOES. And that, ladies, is what life’s all about, right (wrong, but for the sake of this article, it is)? Here are five pairs of black booties that are anything but basic, so you can strut confidently—even if it is to the grocery store on Ninth Avenue.
Toga Archives Cowboy Booties: These half-suede, half-calf (just like your Starbucks order) hair booties are the epitome of the phrase “cowboy chic.” It’s basically as if the Wild, Wild West hobnobbed with the Upper West Side to produce one extraordinary shoe (cowboy hats not required).
Rupert Sanderson Honeycup Ankle Boots: At first, these just look like your average black booties. But then when you turn them around…bam! A pink heel. Now that’s just fun.
Opening Ceremony Shearling Pony Hair Leather Boots: These colorblocked heels bring texture to the next level. Featuring leather, pony hair, and shearling material in one white, black, and blue boot, these booties make a major style statement.
Ivy Kirzhner Bowery Studded Leather Moto Boot: Ivy Kirzhner shoes are well-known for their bold, brash, unconventional styles—and these boots definitely don’t disappoint. Clad in black leather and 18-karat rose gold, these boots effortlessly marry edginess and luxury like it was easy (plus, all of your friends will be super jealous).
Opening Ceremony Brenda Transparent Heeled Ankle Boots: Who would’ve thought that transparent heels were a thing? I thought that was something left for the future (like metallic jumpsuits and jet-packs). These Opening Ceremony boots must be from the future—with their transparent, blue-colored block heel. Looks like the future will be a fashionable one.