Let it be known: I dig a weird shoe. I prefer something sightly left-of-center, just a bit off-kilter and a little unexpected over something obviously sexy any day of the week. The reasons that people dig “obviously sexy” are clear to me, of course, but I just can’t really get on board with them for my own personal style.
Something like the Chloe Susan Studded Ankle Boots, on the other hand, are right up my alley. The look reminds me a bit of the Isabel Marant aesthetic – Parisian chic meets the American West – but I actually like this Chloe pair better than any Marant shoes I’ve ever come across. I first encountered them on Elin Kling’s blog, and she seems to be just as obsessed as I am – a worthy shoe endorsement if there ever was one.
These shoes have a very clear intended customer: fashion people. Lots of gold studs and big gilded buckles don’t make much sense on most people’s wardrobes, but if you have the right kind of skinny pants/slouchy top everyday uniform that’s so common among waifish fashion girls, then these shoes could potentially be an everyday go-to. The heel is low and thick, the overall effect is surprisingly neutral, they look lik they’d be fun to wear without being difficult. Sign me up, please. Buy through Barneys for $1295.