When It’s Time to Transition

I’ve mentioned (probably 7,000 times) that summer is my favorite season. I would happily live in Miami or LA if my family wasn’t in New Jersey. So that means summer fashion is also my favorite. Bare skin, maxi dresses, sandals every day, etc. If I didn’t ever have to own a pair of boots or a winter coat again, I would be totally fine with it. However, I am also realistic (well, most of the time…) and know that by mid-September, summer clothes start to look ridiculous…even if it’s still warm out. There is just something that feels wrong about certain fabrics or silhouettes after August and summer are officially over. This specifically applies to shoes. While I am a proponent of wearing open-toe shoes all year (yes, my feet are often freezing…I have just trained my fashion-obsessed self to just ignore it!), they have to be the RIGHT open-toe shoes. Please don’t wear espadrilles, anything cork, anything in super pastel or bright summer colors, and leave the strappy sandals for when you won’t possibly get frostbite. So, you ask, what’s the “right” shoe to choose for when that summer to fall transition rolls around? (Even I am acknowledging that it WILL come, so at least I want to be wardrobe-prepared…makes it less terrible…) When you want to still show off a nice pedicure and it’s possibly 80 degrees outside but you also don’t want to look seasonally inappropriate? Well, keep reading…

I have to start with a disclaimer before I gush over the shoes I chose to make this point. Because yes, I clearly know that they are five bucks shy of $900. And not everyone can afford $900 shoes (ok, not very many people at all can…). But they are a concept and they are lovely and they are perfectly on-trend and this is a fashion magazine. So…let’s start again!

These croc-embossed, chunky-heeled, dark caramel colored platforms from Giuseppe Zanotti are IT. They are exactly what you should chose when looking for the perfect end-of-summer-beginning-of-fall shoes. The thick super-high heel and big platform is exactly still on-trend, the color is rich enough to work with all your new fall pieces but also gorgeously anchors any flow-y maxi dress you want to still wear (just with a little denim jacket over it), and that tiny peep-toe silhouette is the exact right way to do “open-toe” after summer says goodbye. These will work with your favorite wide-leg suit for an important meeting just as well as with a pair of skinny dark jeans and a barely-there top for a night out. And believe me, you will be able to find versions of these that are way more than five bucks shy of $900. Like, probably 800 bucks shy. I just liked these 😉

~ Alison.

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