Your granny’s booties? Not even close. The latest selection of lace-up boots posseses the refined quaintness of the Edwardian era (petticoats! Bustles! Layers of lace and tiers of satin!) with an edgy and often almost S&M spin that would make Victorian ladies grasp their hankies in horror. The old world has a new take. Grommets, high-shine texture, cap-toes, and oodles of spunk make for booties with sugar and spice. More mischievous than mild, wear these with short skirts, woolly ankle socks, or flirty tights. And remember, when your shoe is all laced-up, your look should be just a little undone.
1) Marc Jacobs Rubber Fetish Boots: The perfect mix of rebellion and classicism, Marc Jacobs PVC-slick boots top the list. Oxford-style perforation keeps them elegant, and that mirror-shine black texture makes them really racy. Inquire with Marc Jacobs, $1,139.
2) Dior Muse Ankle Boot: Endless details add up to a feast for the eyes. Layers of grommeted scallops, endless stitching, and a simple, delicate shoelace make for the most refined rendition of studs I’ve seen in awhile. At Bergdorf Goodman for $1,100.
3) Givenchy Luistania Booties: Givenchy has achieved modern sophisticated polish with old-world appeal. The shape, with a mild 4” heel and pointed toe, is a throwback to Belle Epoque-era booties, but the ultra-shiny texture takes them into this century. On Ssense for $895.
4) McQ Lace-Up Leather Ankle Boots: Alexander McQueen’s little sister line brings a naughty London edge to a classic ankle shape. With lacing all the way to the scant cap-toe, these put a lighthearted emphasis on the bondage reference. On Net-a-Porter for $555.
5) Versace Lace-Up Open-Toe Boots: This suede-trimmed lambskin bootie reaches far up your calf and with Versace’s trademark plaque hardware references the supermodel-heavy, early-nineties era of the house. A little camp, a lot sexy! On Luisa Via Roma for $1,695.