So much ruched leather is bound to make an instant impression. I’ll just ask: how do we feel about legwarmer-inspired booties? Or are they more reminiscent of scrunchie socks, circa 1991? Somehow this isn’t necessarily a bad thing! Yes, this shoe has crinkles up the wazoo, but with supple leather on a well-built wedge, it works.
Never shy about standing out, Maison Martin Margiela has always been creative when it comes to footwear – remember the hoof-toe ankle boots? Now they prove they are quite generous with their leather. Happily, they also know when to stop – tight seams and a minimal back balance it out, and a high wedge is flattering. I actually think a layered shoe with hidden platform like this is a great option for petite girls – you get volume and height without traditional chunk, which can sometimes weigh you down. While they don’t promise to keep your legs warm, these booties are likely to keep things interesting! At Neiman Marcus for $1,115.
Pair with: Two word: sleek and angular. No scrunched shirtsleeves or slouchy leather pants, or else you’ll look like something someone tried to ball up and throw away. Choose a quirky and fitted fall jacket, like MSGM’s hooded houndstooth, with leather hook closure. On Luisa Via Roma for $915.