Bootie Call! Falling for Ankle Boots and Booties at DSW

BOOTIES!

Booties, booties, booties, booties rockin’ everywhere!

One could totally take the words “nude booties” in a myriad of directions, but for the purposes of this post we’re talking about shoes — specifically cutie-patootie tan, taupe, brown and beige ankle boots with totally comfy and walk-able heel heights, i.e. 2 inches or less, because I got no time to chase after a tabby in high heels.

I don’t know how I missed this nirvana of nudity when I was at DSW last week looking for flats, but this week DSW’s ankle boot situation is all kinds of lit. I’m talking boots with braids, buckles, buttons and steely studs.

No worries if you aren’t into trendy tassels or flirty fringe, either, because they had lots of low-key styles, too.

crown vintage tesla
Oh, hai!

The Novato store had at least three rows dedicated to booties, and I tried on every single pair. (Not really, but almost.) Meanwhile, Connor kissed every mirror she passed and pretended to change her doll’s diaper on the every single bench.

I also spent a good chunk of time chasing her as part of her training for American Ninja Warrior: The Toddler Edition. Her training involves sprinting down the long aisles at DSW, which also affords me an opportunity to chase her, thereby conducting an impromptu bootie test.

These three passed with flying colors…

dsw toms bare traps crown vintage booties
Booties from the upper left: Crown Vintage, Toms and Bare Traps

Bare Traps Greta Bootie ($69.99)

Perforations (a.k.a punched out holes in the material, which is typically suede) are a big bootie trend right now.

At first I wasn’t sure about these Bare Traps booties. Are you supposed to wear them with bare feet like a hybrid bootie-sandal? If so, wouldn’t your feet be cold? Or is the suede supposed to keep your toes warm??

Such important questions, right? 🙂

Turns out you can go bare or wear them with socks… Yes, socks will still look cute, but I think you’d want solid color socks in a complementary shade because you’ll see them through the perforations.

I’m wearing black ankle socks with these, and I think they’re totally cute.

bare traps greta
Bare Traps Greta Bootie

SNEAKY SHOE PRO TIP #1: (Because I cannot be the only person who does this.) If you ever go to DSW and don’t see your size on the side of a box, turn the box around to check the back for a size label. 😉

bare traps greta box
Where’s the size label?

I wear a size seven, which is pretty common, so it usually sells out quickly. Shh… Don’t tell anyone, but when I’m on the fence about a shoe and only see one pair available, I’ll turn the box around and put the box back on the shelf so the label with the size isn’t immediately visible…

Yes, I do this to discourage other people from finding it… I don’t know if it actually works, but I do know that when I was looking for a size seven in these Bare Traps, it just so happened that someone had sneakily turned the box around! HMMMM.

Toms Leila Bootie ($79.99)

These tan suede booties have a cushioned footbed, so they feel like you’re walking on fluffy clouds.

They’re also slightly pointy in the toe, so the lengthening effect (which I want!) is more obvious than it is with the other styles. The only thing is, the heel is 2 1/4 inches high, which is still a relatively low heel…but if you prefer flats, it might be a smidgen too high.

toms leila
LURVE

Crown Vintage Tesla Bootie ($69.99)

Another perforated shoe! This one is bolder than the Bare Traps, though. Right off the bat, I knew I could spend an entire day in these. They have the softest suede of the three pairs I focused on, and the heel is nice and low.

I would’ve grabbed them if the tan had been a shade darker, because I feel like I would get these dirty easily.

crown vintage tesla
Super comfy

crow vintage tela

Other cute booties…

boc booties
B.O.C. brown booties
bare traps booties brown
Bare Traps booties with a buckle
blondo booties
Blondo booties with a buckle
bare traps sheigh
Bare Traps Sheigh bootie
me too zoey
Me Too Zooey bootie
unisa bootie
Unisa suede bootie with buckle
madden girl dottie
Madden Girl Dottie
dolce vita tunna
Dolce Vita Tunna
lucky perforated bootie brown
Lucky perforated bootie
bare traps greta
Bare Traps Greta Bootie
toms booties
Toms low suede bootie (and is it just me, or do these look like dad shoes?)
sam edleman side zip bootie
Sam Edleman side zip bootie
toms mila
Toms Mila bootie
crown vittage taupe suede bootie
Crown Vintage taupe suede bootie
fergalicious bootie
Fergalicious bootie
lucky pickla 2
Another shade of the Pickla bootie
lucky pickla
Lucky Pickla bootie
crown vintage bootie
Crown Vintage suede bootie
born benna bootie
Born Benna Bootie
lucky fabiana
Lucky Fabiana
madden girl dottie
Another shade of the Madden Girl Dottie Boot
dolce vita low perforated bootie
Dolce Vita low perforated bootie
bare traps bootie braids
Bare Traps bootie with braids

OK, before take my leave and you wipe the drool from your chin, what are your thoughts on gold boots…? I feel like these are a tad too flashy for me, but I can see them working as a good neutral/nude shoe.

diba bootie
Diba gold bootie

Happy shoe shopping! 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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