Cinderella: ivory ankle boots outfit with distressed boyfriend jeans and a leopard coat

I haven’t worn my ivory Vince Camuto booties in a while, dear readers; they are the definition of fair weather footwear…and not meant for rainy Vancouver winters, that’s for sure!!  But with the sun making an appearance once again today, how could I possibly resist including them in this “casual chic” denim and neutrals look??

ivory ankle boots outfit with distressed boyfriend jeans, grey wool hoodie, leopard patterned coat

In my humble opinion, no single item will make or break an outfit more quickly than the quality of your footwear.  I don’t know about you, but I can spot a cheap-looking pair of shoes or boots a mile away…and scuffed, peeling, poorly executed imitation leather always devalues an otherwise “I made an effort” look.

ivory ankle boots outfit with distressed boyfriend jeans, grey wool hoodie, leopard patterned coat

Now please note that I’m calling out cheap looking footwear, not “inexpensive” per se.  I’m not for a moment suggesting that anyone needs to spend money like a millionaire when it comes to shoes…or any other wardrobe item, for that matter.  I love, love, love shopping – especially for shoes! –  but I’m pretty sure I can count on a single hand the number of times that I’ve ever forked out more than $200 for anything in my closet.

ivory ankle boots outfit with distressed boyfriend jeans, grey wool hoodie, leopard patterned coat

grey wool hoodie, leopard patterned coat, fuchsia hair

I am a firm believer that you can find good quality pieces in lower price ranges; and that paying higher prices does not necessarily guarantee you’ll get better fabrics or fit.  When it comes to footwear, though??  What those shoes and boots are made of can matter a lot.  Our feet – and what we wear on them – frequently take a beating; and in my experience, genuine leather simply looks better right from the get-go…and stays nicer looking longer than any other material.  Leather stretches and breathes; and small scuffs that instantly ruin the finish of faux-leather can often be polished right out of the real thing.

grey wool hoodie, leopard patterned coat, cat-eye sunglasses, sherpa envelope clutch

ivory ankle boots outfit with distressed boyfriend jeans, grey wool hoodie, leopard patterned coat

Do you always choose genuine leather shoes over synthetics too??  Or have you found a faux fabrication that looks as chic (and feels as comfortable) as real leather does??  I hope you’ll take a moment to share your footwear secrets!!

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2 Comments

  1. January 8, 2018 / 9:42 am

    I love your coat! I also love those boots, but I would definitely be cautious about wearing that in my currently slush-filled, road-salty, environment. I’d be asking for a mess. But I also have a temperature limit for how late in the season I wear boots. Once the temps hit a certain number, I don’t want leather or suede hanging around my ankles.

    I will wear cute fabric shoes. I have winter shoes in a flannel-like material and linen in the summer. Satin is fine for dressy. I don’t do faux leather. It just doesn’t mold to my feet properly. For a while I couldn’t resist the funky, vintage-inspired shoes from a particular online retailer. I wasted so much money on them because they would never properly break in and were painful to wear within less than an hour. Either go for real leather, or go for a different look altogether.

  2. Lise
    January 9, 2018 / 6:49 am

    Hi Monika, I agree about leather shoes being more comfortable and looking good for longer. I have had many non-leather items that I just could not wear out of sheer discomfort! So they were a waste of money anyway! I have found a new solution to this regarding cost – I only purchase leather items when they are discounted. I have scored three amazing pairs of leather just under the knee length boots this winter, and 2 pairs of leather mules/slippers in anticipation of spring. Love your coat! Lise

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