Ominous skulls and curvy hearts might sound like doodles out of two opposing high-school girls’ notebooks (one goth and one cheerleader, to be really stereotypical), but only Alexander McQueen has the witty touch to make both feel genuinely badass and inherently chic. No skulls to be found here, but these are not your average goody-two-shoes hearts.
It’s the season of the pumped-up ankle boot, and shoes like these will have you inspired to flirt with your toes. Studded leather is nothing new, but this updated take on the cap-toe (with the gold-stud heart dashed off just before the point, for a look that’s unique) feels thoroughly mint. Especially with a curved heel and bent silhouette, which announces you may have love to give, but you don’t offer it to just anyone. At Bergdorf Goodman for $1,885.
Pair with: Induct a little rockstud bling to your studded-bootie hall of fame. The gold-tone base of this Valentino bracelet makes for a perfect metal match. On My Theresa for $818.