Talk about wacky weather! While fashion-forward folks are just starting their fall prep work, here in Los Angeles, we've had a serious head-start with this chilly SoCal summer. So, now that it is officially the beginning of fall, it's time to kick off your new season of shopping and check out some smart transitional shoe investments. And since we know you'd rather be cozying up to one of the last beach bonfires, we've done all of the groundwork in helping you pick shoes that will look good now and then. Whether it's a gotta-get-it gray bootie, or a metal-adorned pair of perfect 10 pumps, we've got everything a California girl could need to elevate her fall shoe game.
1. The Structural Boot:
Everyone knows you have to invest in one kick-ass pair of boots each season, so we highly recommend you consider these Pura Lopez lovelies. The gray color is seriously stylish and will look good with all of this season's most important fall colors.
Pura Lopez Gray Suede Wedge Boot, $415, Satine Boutique, 8134 West Third Street (at Crescent Heights Avenue); 323-655-2845.
2. The Work-To-Drink Heel:
TenOverSix is one of the best in-house boutique brands ever, and these heels prove it. We love that one of our fave shoe lines collaborated with the genius Anndra Neen, making these adorned wooden wedges even more stunning.
Cortez Wooden Wedge, $430, available at TenOverSix, 7427 Beverly Boulevard, (at North Vista Street); 323-330-9355.
3. The Updated Clog:
The new way to wear clogs this fall is to pick a pair in rich brown with a cute little kiltie touch, like this perfect shoe specimen from our friends over at Madewell.
The Westway Clog, $168, available at Madewell, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Avenue of the Stars); 310-772-0428.
4. The Pumped Up Pump:
These Slow and Steady Wins The Race heels are deceptively simple: They look like a classic pump, but they're actually waterproof. So, literally, save them for a rainy day!
Slow And Steady Wins The Race, Water Repellent Pump In Red, $100, Ooga Booga, 943 North Broadway #203 (between Norfolk Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard); 213-617-1105 .
5. The Mule :
These open-backed mules are perfect for the end of summer. Just pair them with a mini and an oversized boyfriend button-up now and slip into opaque gray tights for when the weather gets a bit chillier.
Western Mule, $440, available at Opening Ceremony, 451 North La Cienega Boulevard (at Rosewood Avenue); 310-652-1120.
Satine is helping one lucky reader walk a little taller this fall. Just tell us in the comments of this story how you plan to transition your summer wardrobe into the perfect fall looks, and we'll give the commenter with the most inspired answer a badass pair of Pura Lopez boots!