The middle child of knee-high boots and booties, mid-calf boots are a nice touch to a simple ensemble. Pair these Roberto Cavalli boots with a belted dress or tuck jeans into them for perfect laid back style.


Slouch boots are hardly shapeless. These Marc by Marc Jacobs boots are slouched on top but structured on the bottom, the perfect style to tuck your jeans into or pair with your above the knee sweater dress.


With the crisp Fall temperatures upon us, boots are the favorite fashion accessory of the current season, especially one with a stacked wooden heel. They are edgy with rolled-cuff, tattered boyfriend jeans, a cropped jacket and a chapeau, polished with a knee-length dress and pearls, and romantic chic with dark rinse jeans tucked in and a ruffled-collar blouse. What is Couture craving now? Belle by Sigerson Morrison tan leather slip-on boot, Juicy Couture Espresso Mona boot with ankle strap and hardware detail and Costume National Talpa leather boot with cap toe and stitching detail.


Remember when ‘duck’ boots were a Darien, Connecticut style staple? Remember when they were worn with curduroy pants, puffer vests and Fair Aisle sweaters? Well, neither do I, but that is what I am told. Fast forward to today and the steadfast staple of yesteryear is making a very chic come back. Designers from DSquared to Michael Kors , to a few mass retailers, injected the shoe/bootie with a much needed style cache with improved upper materials, playful color combinations (think tartan and tweed), and a fashionista’s best friend, a high heel. However, some design detail echos of the past are still visible within the new incarnations, the rubber sole, the lace-up and hook-and-eye closures, along with the constrast stitching. Oooooh la la!


Zappos has been in the news a lot lately. First our wonderful segment on Oprah, then a little dollop of cream on top with our shopping shout out during a segment on E! News’ November 2 edition for great shoe finds under $100. Ms. Giuliana Rancic was going down the list of names, places and faces and then low and behold, a Zappos plug for our very own Steve Madden Arizonna purple fringe suede boot. Mrs. Rancic added another little ‘get thee to the site’ shopping twist, by mentioning that the shoe is a favorite of everyone’s teen queen favorite, Miley Cyrus. So folks, when you are making your list and checking it twice, noting who is naughty and nice, remember it’s Z to the A to the P to the P to the O to the S, which of course, means sanity for all, that and your shopping can remain stressless.


Florals, of all variations, were big for Fall 2008 and are still in bloom for Spring/Summer 2009. What better way to perk up an overcast fall or dreary winter day than with a lovely, flower embellished dress? We think no better way. Mix the soft with a little funky edge by pairing your floral dress with a short sleeve knitted jacket or shrug, reach for a patterned scarf knotted just so, mix in funky silver jewelry, slip on a pair of black or bordeaux colored tights, pull on a pair of edgy buckle and lace up patent leather mid-calf boots, add a decidely feminine shoulder bag and voila, pure floral fabulousness.

Couture’s picks: Generra Chunky Knit Bolero Three Quarter Sleeve Jacket, French Connection Cara Empire Waist Sleeveless Floral Dress, Alexander McQueen Silk/Wool Floral and Paisley Detailed Scarf, Carlos Falchi Slim Poof Python Embossed Microfiber Shoulder Bag, Jean Paul Gaultier Pryamid Shaped Ornate Ring, Jean Paul Gaulier Opulent Pryamid Shaped Earrings, Kors Michael Kors Dual Buckle Lace Up Crinkle Patent Leather Boot


What’s better than a well-dressed man? A well-shod one, of course. The Couture Team loves great shoes and our fashion focus this week is on the casual, yet cool varied lace up styles. If you are the type of man that likes a boot, then D&G Dolce & Gabbana Lace and Zipper Detail Boot is perfect for you. If you like the sporty look, try on Jean Paul Gaultier’s sporty-inspired wingtips . If your tastes lean more towards a classic oxford style for work, Marc Jacobs Burnished Grey Oxford is ideal. If you like a little edge, try Alexander McQueen’s side lace-up shoes . There really is a shoe – or boot – for every man.


The Couture team is loving every moment of the fall season, what with all of the fashion offerings, how could we not. At this very moment, we are head-over-heels for booties. There’s something about this almost-shoe that’s just too cute, but not saccharine sweet, when paired with a skirt, but can also render that Avengers’ Emma Peele cool yet tough persona with elements like washed metallics, studs, stitching detail or buckles. Our picks: L.A.M.B Camden bootie , Alexander McQueen black booties , Givenchy brown suede booties and Jean Paul Gaultier metallic booties .