FANTASY SHOPPING

I Still Want to Buy Fall Shoes Even Though I Barely Go Outside

Collage by W Magazine.

Despite having worked in fashion for the better part of my adult life, I’ve never considered myself to be much of a shopper. Rather than buying into trends, I gravitate towards well-made basics that I can keep for years, which usually keeps the shopping trips to a minimum. But if there’s one category that tends to be an exception to the aforementioned rule, it’s shoes. My weakness. I have to say, those well-made basics tend to look a lot better with the season’s newest footwear. This fall, in the midst of a global pandemic, my desire to step up my shoe game is completely ridiculous, since I almost never leave my house. But that hasn’t stopped me from dreaming. The longer restrictions last, the more I find myself fantasizing about what I’m going to wear when they’re finally over. Some of us escape by leaning into a Netflix binge, I fill an online shopping cart. Please, join me in the fantasy. Here are all the shoes I’m thinking about buying, even though I never leave my house.

1
By Far knee boots, $725, modaoperandi.com

Practical for a pandemic? Not really. But these cream knee-highs are going to look super chic with my vintage Levi’s tucked into them.

2
Bottega Veneta boots, $1150, modaoperandi.com

A tough lug-sole with a little pop of color. I’ll wear these for years to come.

3
Nike Airmax 270s, $181, farfetch.com

These Nikes give me Balenciaga vibes for a fraction of the price.

4
Khaite ankle boots, $890, farfetch.com

I can’t say anything bad about a sleek, black ankle boot. Classic.

5
LaBucq heeled loafers, $420, labucq.com

I’ve been seeing these 90s-style loafers all over Instagram lately, and I want in on the fun.

6
Flattered ballet flats, $150, modaoperandi.com

A chic flat for padding around the house in. I think we can justify these.

7
Topshop lace up boots, $124, topshop.com

A perfect combat boot in just the right shade of winter white? Don’t mind if I do.

8
Everlane clogs, $98, everlane.com

Clogs were back on the runways this spring and, surprisingly, I found them quite chic. I would wear these with a thick, knit sock.

9
Hereu loafers, $425, matchesfashion.com

A t-strap loafer with a masculine twist is right up my alley. I’ve been dreaming of these shoes for a long time.

10
Justine Clenquet mary janes, $383, justineclenquet.com

I’m obsessed with the first shoe collection that jewelry designer Justine Clenquet launched this summer. These mary janes are calling my name.

11
Alyx derby shoes, $745, ssense.com

Another shoe I’ve been dreaming of for ages but have yet to pull the trigger on. The Vibram sole is removable, so technically it’s two pairs in one!

12
Jacquemus mules, $570, ssense.com

These Jacquemus shoes strike the ideal balance between comfy and cool (and a little bit crazy).

13
Crocs clogs, $88.36, amazon.com

Never thought I’d say these words, but I stan a Crocs clog.