Can we please just take a praise break for shiny boots? As a girl who grew up adoring Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan, sparkle boots feel like a dream come true. In my 30’s, I have noticed that my style is evolving past novelty shoes but I couldn’t fight off the urge to add these sparkle boots into my shoe collection. The Yves Saint Laurent ads in the September issue of Vogue were also very influential. So when I found some YSL lookalikes on sale at JustFab it was a done deal.
After I purchased my boots I immediately went online to search for sparkle boot inspiration. If I was going to buy a pair of novelty shoes I needed to figure a way to work them into my wardrobe all winter and not just for holiday looks (in which they are perfect for!) I now see that there are two way to do sparkle
Understated or Over the Top
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Understated sparkles sound like an oxymoron but it’s actually a great way to punch up a minimalist look. Especially if you want to add some extra interest to your look. I love pairing sparkle boots with an all-black look. You can just as easily rock a graphic tee, distressed jeans, a leather jacket and sport sparkle boots for an edgy rock-inspired look.
Over the Top
More is more. I had an a-ha moment when I saw Tamar Braxton on the cover of Vulkan magazine (her boots have more high shine than sparkle but it’s in the same family). I thought sparkles are a texture and working my boots into a look with other textures will actually juxtapose an outfit. Mixing textures is a lot like mixing prints. You want textures that complement each other. I think the best way to experiment is to just play in your closet until you find a look that you like. It’s all up to your personal taste. I love how Rita Ora’s look played with leather and sparkle. The matte leather and the bright sparkles play off each other without distracting the eye from her accessories.
What do you think about sparkle boots? Are they too much or just enough?