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Isabel Marant Milwauke Studded Ankle Boots and Stanley Studded Pumps: Cowgirls Have More Fun

Looking at Isabel Marant Spring 2013 runway photos, hot off the press, has made me crave everything Marant! Hemlines will be rising, along with my pulse, thanks to her Navajo-inspired belts and fierce way with once-classic embroidery and prints. While she indulges in beachy paisleys and Hawaiian florals for Spring, right now it’s all about the ranch. Is a “bohemian cowboy” an oxymoron?! Not if it’s from the Parisian designer du jour. How ironic that it took the French to perfect Western cowboy-flavored shoes.

I live in Texas and have yet to find cowboy boots as good as these (though diehard cowboys will tell you otherwise). I take mine with a little bit of street, and Isabel knows how to walk the line. I’m in it for the chic style, not for any sort of cowboy functionality, since no, I do not ride horses. Whether you go all-out with the Milwauke ($1,495), a move I highly recommend, or ease in with the pointy Stanley pump ($1,040), these deliberately placed studs look anything but deliberate. That, in essence, is the genius of Isabel Marant. Available on Net-A-Porter.



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