Chloe Perspex-Heeled Suede Boots, $850. Chloe Studded Leather Wedge Sandals, $695. Both via Net-a-Porter
As much as I may not like Chloe’s Fall 2011 handbag efforts (and I really, really don’t like them), I love the shoes from the same collection. Can we give the footwear team a raise and ask them to keep the Chloe handbag people in line? Because I think the resulting collection would be much, much nicer.
“Taste-specific” can be used as a passive-aggressive swipe, but in this case, that’s not what I mean. These shoes are simply not for people who don’t like highly stylized footwear, and my enthusiasm for them is certainly not in jest. I’m picking up what Chloe’s putting down, if you know what I mean.
The story of these designs is restraint. A black boot with an unexpected (and totally non-sexual) lucite heel, a tan leather wedge with a vast wooden platform. The details are crisp; these designs never have a metaphorical hair our of place, but not in a way that’s fussy or forced. They’re effortless, which is exactly what minimalism should be, but they also have an all-important note of 70s style to them that makes both pairs incredibly relevant to fashion today. I’ll take both, please. Size 39. Buy the boots for $850 or the wedges for $695, both through Net-a-Porter.