Ask the Edit Vol. IV, No. Twenty-Six
Sep 6, 2017
An all shoe edition of Ask the Edit, just in time for pre-fall shoe shopping.
Last week I fell in love with the Ugg Brinkley driving Mocs in Brindle. On the website, they appear to be an olive/bottle green color – perfect for fall. I went to order them and realized they are actually a putty gray color. While that is still wonderful, now I can’t get the idea of an olive/bottle green leather loafer out of my mind. Can you help me out?
– Rachel C
I would also keep an eye out for the M.Gemi Felize mocs; they release them in new colors each season. They have a brighter, kelly green loafer this season. However, it’s waitlisted in most sizes.
What color rain boots do you wear? Do you have a preferred shaft height? There are so many options to choose from!
I prefer black, knee-high rain boots. I own a pair of Burberry rain boots with buckle details. I often wear dresses with black tights during the winter and early spring, the black boots blend in seamlessly.
Hunter boots are the classic option. I like this buckle-accented pair and this dark slate/black pair. If you just want a cheaper version of my boots, try these Henry Ferrerra boots or these discounted Rag & Bone riding rain boots.
If you intend to wear your rain boots in the wintertime, I recommend warm socks. Hunter makes a pair of socks that line the boots and keep feet warm. If it’s really cold, these down socks are worth a look.
When is it okay to start wearing boots? I splurged on some Frye Adie boots and I want to wear them right now. Right now.
For booties, like the pair you bought (so cute, btw), you can start wearing them, right now. It’s September; there are pumpkin spice lattes on the menu, boots should be fine. I would pair them with distressed jeans, or, if it’s still warm where you live, a shirtdress.
As for knee-high boots, I usually won’t wear them until the daytime high is below 62-degrees or it’s October. Obviously, this depends on where you live, but if it’s still hot enough that you don’t need a jacket, it’s probably too early for boots.
Dumb question: How do you clean suede? I bought a pair of suede pumps and realize I don’t know how to keep them in good shape.
First, you need to protect your suede shoes before you wear them. Fyre makes a great suede and nubuck protector that’s easy to use at home. Just make sure you do it in a well-ventilated area.
Second, to clean my boots, I only use Jason Markk products. For suede, you want his suede brush and eraser kit. For leather boots, I use his Quick Wipes to keep the dirt, road salt, and mud off my shoes. I also have his Travel Kit in case my boots need a deeper scrub.
Last, the key to keeping suede looking new is being smart about it. If it’s raining or snowing, even if they’re properly treated, limit their exposure to the elements.
Do you know if anyone still sells those Ciao Bella boots? I bought a pair after reading your blog a few years ago and they need to be replaced. Bluefly isn’t carrying them anymore.
A few pairs still exist on Amazon. You can find them (new and used) on eBay, Poshmark, Tradesy, etc., but I’m not aware of any retailer still selling them new. It’s too bad, they were great boots.
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