— Dara Michelle – Style, Elegance, Fashion, Passion

Uptown Meets Downtown

I don’t usually associate ankle boots with fancy frocks –but thanks to the fashion genius of Giuseppe Zanotti and Saint Laurent (to say the least) I’m beginning to rethink this idea.  Although stilettos will always have a special place in my heart, this season they no longer will be the “go-to” when it comes to choosing shoes for a swanky event.  For next month’s Art Basel (the world’s premier international art show for modern and contemporary works, taking place each December in Miami – hence lots of fabulous events) why not rock a mini dress with some sexy Giuseppe ankle boots hashtag: I Die!!!  It’s about time my 160mm impossible to dance in Loubitins met their match!!!  A longtime signature of the “model-off-duty” wardrobe or the “throw on with a pair of jeans” essential the ankle boot (aka bootie) is quickly gaining ground at both red carpet premieres and fancier fashion events. So why do I love this look so much? Well first, the extra fabric and support that ankle boots provide make them more comfortable than the stiletto and second, the shoes offer a touch of toughness, which in turn gives a dressed-up look a cool edge you wouldn’t otherwise get from a pair of pumps.  Translation for my fellow New Yorkers: Think uptown dress with downtown footwear.  This must-try combo of fancy frocks and ankle boots were present all over fashion week too making them the ultimate fashion accessory this season.  Check out my favorite ankle boot looks below and don’t be surprised if your beloved stilettos collect a little dust this season!  Your feet are going to love you!!!

Dara Michelle

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