By Patricia Wersinger
New York’s tough spirit has never been more glamorized than in the trend of industrial chic. Old factories reconverted in raw elegant spaces have become a fixture of the city ’s downtown landscape. From Soho, Williamsburg to the Meatpacking District, we have seen how chic and raw exude intense chemistry. Keeping with this elementary raw spirit, I enjoy boots that are tough but complex, easy to walk in and face the elements but suitable for the parlor or the high-end café. Here are three pairs that I am coveting this fall for their great combination of endurance and elegance.
The Corinne Boot by CatWalk is from the Caterpillar Company that specializes in quality work boots. It is part of a great line of weathered leather boots that combine great style with rugged charm. Made of rich leather and canvas, it has a cement construction. The inside sole in leather fits perfectly to your foot providing strong support and comfort. Two adjusting buckles and the long fifteen and a half inch shaft give it a sexy equestrian look. Available at http://www.catfootwear.com.
For a daintier yet still casual urban feel, look no further than the new collection of Hush Puppies boots. Beautifully crafted with shock absorbing properties, the lightweight Farland Boot features a cushioned foot bed that is so comfortable you can walk in them for hours without feeling the pain. The inside of the suede shaft has a Thermsulate lining in an attractive red and blue check to keep your legs warm and a full waterproof construction to keep you stylishly dry. It also has a black elastic material down the top of the shaft to adjust it to the width of your leg. Details include three buckles that give it a casual riding boot style still suitable for the office. This is a great alternative to your typical rubber rain boots. Available in October at http://www.hushpuppies.com. For a similar look, shop our picks!
A little heel is always nice to give that extra lean, fluid silhouette. But walking is not always easy with the heels. This tall riding style Saunter boot by Ecco features double-face and antique-finished leather and combines the comfort of a low level heel with the dashing look of a high-heeled boot. The comfort results from cushioning inside and rubber soles that are perfect to brace New York’s hard pavements and rainy days. This boot is made to last for ever while the color gradually wears out giving it a timeworn appearance befitting of downtown NYC. Available at http://www.us.shop.ecco.com or shop similar looks!
These fabulous boots will arm you to face New York streets with charm and vigor. Brave the elements in style this fall!