Phillip Lim may have taken the inspiration for his fall collection from girls on bikes (“It’s all about these chic women,” he said, “who ride bikes to work, to brunch, to a cocktail party”), but these boots are making me think more girls on stage. Only a style-phile with the heart of a glam rocker could really work these mega-textural boots. And more power to her! Seriously pebbled goatskin in midnight blue takes on sparkly, almost glittery effect. With sharp, triangular lines and a laser-thin stacked heel, this is a refined-hardcore take on a fall staple. Lean and mean, these ankle boots will jazz up your drainpipes and revive your leather jackets. At Saks Fifth Avenue for $695.
Pair with: Or go a more surprising route with an oversized sweater. Knit has a new meaning when it’s been orchestrated by Rick Owens. With a flared collar and slender shape, this is more coat than plain old cardigan. On Net-a-Porter for $2,020.