So this is what they mean by the term “killer heels.” Giuseppe isn’t messing around! Not only do these booties boast a 5” stacked stiletto, they encase your foot in a very foreboding arrangement of thick, cage-like straps and taught lacing. But the genius of Zanotti is that these shoes don’t deliver what you would expect a “corset bootie” to be all about. He is a designer who is dedicated to the unexpected, and there is somehow no fragility to this curvy bondage heel.
Because when you set such a style in blatantly rugged tan suede with purposefully imperfect contrast topstitching; when the laces are not slinky and dainty, but outdoorsy strips of braided leather, you’re changing the whole game. This wicked shoe even has elements of the high-heeled hiking boot, just reworked to creative anonymity. What I love about this: your foot may be done up to the nines, but you’ll still feel like you can go outside and kick some butt. So lace up your corset and knock ’em dead! At Bergdorf Goodman for $1,295.
Pair with: If you’re going for action-packed, a constrictive skirt just won’t do. Go for Zadig & Voltaire’s Pitt Deluxe shorts; black leather makes shorts autumn-appropriate and a pair of tights, like Wolford’s decadent cashmere and silk blend, will complete the look. Zadig & Voltaire Pitt Deluxe Leather Shorts. On Net-a-Porter for $480.