Mastering the Black Boot

Black boots are an absolute wardrobe must-have and there are tons of gorgeous style options out there. Still, many of us tend to purchase a lackluster pair because they’re a popular style or on sale. Can we make a pact, girls? No more blending in with the crowd or choosing the safe style option, okay?

Treat your black boots like a high-fashion accessory. They should add interest to your outfit in an edgy yet classy way and the look should seem effortless. Avoid anything overly ornate or too sleek. You don’t want to be too trendy or conservative. The best option is a boot with hints of detail to draw attention without distracting from the rest of your outfit.  

Ready to master the black boot? Here are a few tips and options to consider:

Timeless Details

Fringe and buckles have been popular for decades and will always be in style. Choose a boot that keeps this trend to a minimum so you can dress it up or down easier. They’ll look great with skinny jeans, leggings, and dresses.

 

 

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Universal Heights

Heel and boot shaft heights matter. A lower height for both is universally flattering and versatile. Low, chunky heels are timeless and provide excellent support for your feet. Ankle boots or booties look sleek and can be worn with wider leg pants. 

 

 

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Wood Toned Heels

This color combination is great because it’s subtle and feminine. Wooden heels also hide scuffmarks well. Wear them with floral dresses to add a hint of bohemian style or with all black attire to soften your look.

 

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Remember impeccable style is found, not forced. But, you can’t discover it if you’re not willing to have fun with fashion or try something new. So go forth and look fierce, my friends. It’s totally allowed.

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8 Fabulous Pieces with Unlimited Possibilities

The crunch of leaves under your feet, the bright pops of red, yellow and orange donning the trees, and the cool nights and crisp scents are vital signs that point to autumn. It’s hard to believe that in a few weeks some folks will be waking up to frosty windows or snowflakes patting the ground. However, here in Las Vegas, jeans and boots are coming back out of winter storage, and the rest of the country is calling us wimpy for believing 70 degrees is cold.

There was once a time in my life when I used to look forward to fall weather, as it was my first chance to jump back into bulky sweaters or anything else that hid my size. These days, I look at it as a chance to embrace the parts I love while camouflaging the parts I don’t consider perfect.

As I’ve grown wiser, I’ve learned that every body is beautiful and that you don’t need to cater to other peoples’ sensibilities or avoid their opinions. Thanks to this lesson, I no longer hide behind my clothing. Instead, it’s a time for me to bring back my favorite looks and pieces that are downright uncomfortable in 100+ degree weather.

So without further delay, here are my top picks for a fabulous and fierce autumn. Enjoy!

 

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Hot Looks for Cooler Weather

Nothing says fierce like a moto jacket and, thankfully, this season is bringing back the grown-up punk look. Pair this staple with jeans for a casual look, or a great pencil skirt for a good-girl-gone-bad style infusion. For a more sophisticated take on staying warm and stylish, you can’t go wrong with a sweater cape — just make sure it doesn’t show your superhero cape underneath! 

 

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Beyond Your Basics

Jeans and leggings are fall classics, especially when paired with a fabulous pair of boots; faux leather calls out more of the moto-chic trend, and a girl can truly live in Levi’s. 

 

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A Little Unexpected

Fall is still a great time for the unexpected, like a great studded jumpsuit, or this very unexpected combination by Kiyonna; either one will definitely have you turning heads. 

 

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Pops of Color

Still a little shy about echoing the fiery hues of the trees around you head to toe? Rather, try out a little pop of color in footwear that will take you from this season to the next in style and in comfort! 

 

If you’re having a fabulous fall in any of the looks you’ve seen here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style! 

Fall Guide: Rocket Dog Footwear

Starting a new school year can be hard, especially for teens moving on to new schools and parting ways with old friends. However, change can do a person good — especially in the name of fashion. With new trends bubbling to the surface every season, it can be refreshing to switch up your style yet simultaneously disorienting all in the same breath. That’s where Rocket Dog steps in.

A leader in young ladies’ and women’s footwear, Rocket Dog is a tried and true fashion-conscious brand. With company roots based in California, Rocket Dog keeps a pulse on the industry’s latest styles, ensuring you stay on trend across seasons and fads. From casual and sporty to dressy and beyond, Rocket Dog keeps your feet modishly covered from roll call to study hall and beyond.

The Rocket Dog girl is independent, young minded, confident and edgy, incorporating her personal style into everything she does. Rather than being defined by fashion, a true Rocket Dog girl creates her own. 

With the fall semester around the corner, Rocket Dog is your premier choice for classic and refined boots, elegantly designed slip-ons and inventive sneakers with a stylish twist. Stay confident and cool on all fronts with long lasting, all-day comfortable styles from Rocket Dog!

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7 Must-Have Footwear Brands for Back-to-School

OK, so I gotta be up front: Back-to-school is simultaneously the best and worst time of the year for me. It’s great because I no longer have to entertain my 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, all day, every day like it's a never-ending, three-month weekend. It’s no bueno, however, because I have to go through the excruciating process of going store-to-store to scour half-empty racks and shoeboxes for select out-of-stock sizes, ultimately leaving the mall frazzled and empty handed. 

But no longer! This year I’m wising up and am completing all of Hannah’s shopping needs online. And with Zappos’ free shipping directly to my front door, I’m alleviated from unwanted stress and can search hundreds of fashion-forward styles from great kids’ brands, including Kenneth Cole Reaction and MICHAEL Michael Kors to Stuart Weitzman and Tommy Hilfiger, all at the convenience of my fingertips!  

Fortunately, little Hannah has all the athletic shoes she needs, which is a huge cost savings, so this year we’re expanded her shoe collection with where-anywhere flats, classic sneakers and booties. Her refined tastes come from me, so when we’re browsing together on the couch and an item catches our eyes I’m happy to oblige and splurge — all within reason, of course. Apart from the brands above, among others she was excited to try out were Ivanka Trump, Jessica Simpson and Superga

What I find most impressive about each of these brands is their across-the-board quality, comfort and integrated design details. With those three features combined, these shoes seamlessly transition from home to school and anywhere else in a snap … and that I can get behind.

For any parent still hesitant to shop online for back-to-school clothing or footwear, I highly urge you to give it a try. Take a look below to see some of mine and Hannah’s favorite shoes as she heads back to school in style! 

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  1. Ivanka Trump Kids Jordan Zip (Little Kid/Big Kid)
  2. Jessica Simpson Kids Cleo (Little Kid/Big Kid)
  3. Kenneth Cole Reaction Kids Copy Tap (Little Kid/Big Kid)
  4. Stuart Weitzman Kids Fannie Studded (Little Kid/Big Kid)
  5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Kids Rover Lux (Little Kid/Big Kid)
  6. Tommy Hilfiger Kids Kayleigh H Charm (Little Kid/Big Kid)
  7. Superga Kids 2224 COTDJ (Infant/Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid)
  8. Superga Kids 2750 JCOT Classic (Infant/Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid)
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Buyer Favorites: Ready for Fall

As we set our sights on fall, we can’t help but get excited about the shift to richer hues and all the layering possibilities!

To get the scoop on must-have fall transition pieces you need in your wardrobe now, we turned to one of our resident fashion connoisseurs and private label apparel buyer, Lauren. Below, she shares some of her favorite new arrivals from our Zappos Private Label collection.

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Cardigans & Kimonos: perfect for throwing on over your summer basics as the weather begins to cool off.

1. Brigitte Bailey Stripe Pleat Boho Cardigan

2. Brigitte Bailey Peakaboo 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan

3. Brigitte Bailey Tribal Aztek Dream Cardigan

4. Gabriella Rocha Amy Floral Kimono

 

Blouses: pair with everything from pencil and A-line skirts to tailored trousers!

1. Brigitte Bailey Wild Animal V-Neck Silk Blouse

2. Brigitte Bailey Mixed Media Blouse

3. Brigitte Bailey Tiffany 3/4 Sleeve Blouse

4. Brigitte Bailey Sophie Blouse

 

Day-to-Evening Dresses: versatile silhouettes make these the perfect option for layering to create a variety of looks!

1. Gabriella Rocha Vikie Sleeveless Dress

2. Brigitte Bailey Torie Dress

3. Brigitte Bailey Demri Dress

4. Brigitte Bailey Jennifer Dress


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On Our Favorites: Well Embellished

Our 'My Favorites' list is always brimming with so much awesomeness; we just have to share some of it with you!

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Free People Embellished Tee – Oh-so-soft like our favorite vintage tee but with bohemian inspired details that make it truly special.

Steve Madden “Wiktor” Sandals – The jeweled embellishments on this versatile sandal is tempered by its simple silhouette.

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Steve Madden Collaboration with Peace Love Shea

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Steve Madden has teamed up with California-based blogger, Shea Marie of Peace Love Shea to create a collection of fall footwear, and we must say, it’s definitely worth snagging before they’re all gone!

Shea’s west coast roots and her sophisticated approach to high fashion has certainly inspired the seven-design Peace Love Shea collection. It’s clear from the LA-based style names like “Fairfax”, “Venice” and “Rodeo” that this Steve Madden collaboration has major superstar appeal.

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Left to Right: Steve Madden x Peace Love Shea "Tarzana" & "Rodeo"

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Steve Madden x Peace Love Shea "Studio"

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Steve Madden x Peace Love Shea "Ventura"

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Steve Madden x Peace Love Shea "Ocean"

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Inspired By: Autumnal Vibes

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then street style replication is fashion flattery at its finest.

Today’s street style inspiration comes to us once again from the stylish streets of the Big Apple. This perfectly layered fall look could easily become a favorite go-to for chilly days.

Check out how we recreated all this bundled-up goodness below:

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1. Sam Edelman Mixed Media Wool Jacket

2. Free People Huntington Hacci Top

3. Echo Design Digital Pixels Wrap Scarf

4. Vans Mismoedig Beanie in Black Heather

5. DL1961 Emma Leggings in Berlin

6. Steve Madden Troopa Boots