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A solid-black bootie is indispensable in a girl's footwear arsenal. It adds a wink when coupled with a dress, immediately jazzes up a pair of jeans, and looks a heckuva lot better than trainers when you've got a long day of walking ahead. But, pick the wrong style, and you might find your bootie looking like a hoof instead of the effortless accessory it's meant to be.
So, we set out to find the perfect pair. To aid us in our quest, we turned to Jill Wenger, store owner of Totokaelo (currently stocked with an eye-popping collection of to-die-for boots) and our very own Marissa Rosenblum, shopping market director. There's heel height to take into account, as well as ankle rise, the toe box, and instep — not to mention all the trendy add-ons. Yes, the factors to consider are many, but if you choose a bootie that complements your gams, you'll find that they'll be the hardest-working shoe around. Modeled on five real R29 staffers, our how-to guide to picking the right raven bootie will walk you through the stepper's dos and don'ts. Ladies, meet your sole mates.