A lot of things impress me about 3.1 Phillip Lim, but lately, what I love most about the young designer is his smart, modern use of texture. When your designs are minimal, as Lim’s often are, texture becomes important – it’s often the most striking design narrative of any given piece. That means textile and leather choices are crucial, and not all designers make the correct choices; cost cutting often affects material quality before all else. As you can see with the 3.1 Phillip Lim Delia Chelsea Boots, Lim puts his leather choices first.

I loved this leather on the Pashli bag and I love it here – the gold finish doesn’t seep down into the texture of the leather, which gives it a black-on-gold depth that a simple metallic wouldn’t offer. It’s that kind of small detail that makes the difference between a special piece and another run-of-the-mill boot, and Lim know that’s the case. The shoes other details – the pointed toe, the Chelsea gusset, the reasonable 3.5 inch heel – are all perfect on trend with where footwear is going right now, making this the perfect fall statement shoe for someone with a sleek, modern style. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $625

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