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It’s time to bust out your springtime shoes, and there’s no better time than now to ditch those clunky winter boots for something much more comfortable and seasonally appropriate that can provide a happy medium between the chill of the winter and the swelter of the summer. The answer? Spring booties, of course! We’re not just talking about your everyday booties either.  We’re going all-in with spring cutout booties trending on the runways this season and beyond.

 

For the more curious shoe connoisseur, you might be asking what separates a traditional bootie from a cutout bootie? Regular booties tend to be designed in a shape that resembles boots, but features a slightly lower cut, most often ending either above, on, or below the ankle. Meanwhile, cutout booties are comprised of almost all the same features previously described, with the exception of distinctive cutouts that give this type of bootie its own style specification.

 

Cutout booties are essentially booties that feature unique cutouts throughout the design. These types of women’s boots can range from simple to complex depending on the creator’s intent. Some booties include strappy, intricate cutouts that expose various parts of the foot, while more conservative styles tend to gravitate toward cutouts around the ankle area. What really separates a cutout bootie from others depends on how it is crafted to properly fit a slightly exposed foot.

 

Below, we have collected a few popular Sole Society selections for 2018 and aim to highlight what makes these favorites so sought after.

 

NIKKIE

 

 

While the Nikkie is arguably a cutout bootie that differs from traditionally similar styles, it still fits this definition in spite of its own rebellious nature by offering a triangular low-cut dip around and below the ankle area.

 

NAHIA

 

The Nahia encompasses what cutout booties are all about. Open, split sides from bottom to top with a sophisticated strap around the ankle.

 

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Last, but certainly not least, is the Azure bootie. This super cute favorite features soft suede and a crisscross buckle strap. This design sets itself apart with double peek-a-boo cutouts on both sides of the shoe, making it the perfect companion for wherever the weekend takes you.

 

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The greatest things in life are meant to be treated with the utmost attention and care, and shoes are no exception. By viewing shoes as a long-term investment instead of just another disposable product, you can purchase a pair of timeless, high-quality shoes without the guilt. All it takes is a little knowledge in the shoe cleaning department to ensure your shoes, heels, and boots really were made for walkin’, and that’s just what they’ll do (with some tender, loving care)!

To get started, proper care ultimately depends on the materials that comprise the whole of the shoe. Take a look below for an informative guide on working with different types of shoes and the best ways to clean them:

Leather Shoes

Leather can often be a tricky one, as there are different types of leather available including patent leather, vegan leather, and of course, leather-leather, just to name a few. Make sure you know what type of leather materials were used to avoid unnecessary damage ahead of time. Patent leather is shiny and glossy, vegan or faux leather is typically made from polyurethane, and leather is an animal skin and rawhide combination textile.

  • Patent Leather: Use a product designed for polishing patent leather-like wax, or take advantage of household items such as Vaseline or Windex (but not at the same time). Just apply a thin layer of patent leather cleaner, followed by a patent leather conditioner for lasting appeal.

  • Vegan Leather: Wipe these down with warm water using a sponge or washcloth, soap the sponge/cloth with something eco-friendly void of harsh chemicals, and give it a light scrub. Then, wipe off the soap and water with a dry cloth. Finish with vinyl conditioner.

  • Full-Grain Leather: Wipe softly with warm water, clean the rag, and wipe again with warm water. Afterwards, give them some gloss with a good cream polish. If your full-grain shoes (such as nubuck) don’t have any dirt or grime, a simple shoe brush will do the trick. Remember that water and liquids can wear down leather faster, so always resort to brushing them before going the washcloth route.

Suede

Who doesn’t love suede? It’s one of the most beloved materials for shoes because it is comfortable, warm, and soft to the touch. Suede shoes can sometimes take a little extra care than other types of material, which could be a reason why Elvis – the king of rock ‘n roll himself – warned the masses in 1956, “You can do anything, but lay off my blue suede shoes!”

To clean, use a brush specifically designed for suede. If there are any spots or stains, opt for a light sandpaper or the soft side of a nail file after brushing. Always remember to avoid water completely when cleaning suede. Water is the fastest way to destroy it, so stay away from liquids at all costs.

Reptilian

Lovers of the exotic can’t help but flock toward materials made from the skins of snakes, lizards, and crocodiles. It’s a fun, sophisticated look that pops when paired with solid outfits that display minimal designs or no patterns at all. For snakeskins, dampen a soft washcloth and wipe gently. With lizard skins, avoid water and just wipe down with a soft cloth. And lastly, you can take care of crocodile skins with a damp cloth just like snakeskins, but follow up with a soft paint brush afterward. Then, apply a conditioner made for these specific reptile skins to preserve them for years to come.

Fabric

Although fabric shoes such as canvas sneakers and mesh/nylon runners tend to break down faster due to harder usage, they are still super easy to look after. Just give them a nice brushing, then wet a warm washcloth with a small dab of eco-friendly laundry detergent for a gentle scrubbing. Wipe away the soap and it’s as simple as that!

Drying Shoes

The most recommended way to dry shoes is to simply let them dry naturally. However, if placed under the sun, be sure to take them out of the light when close to completely dry to avoid potential pitfalls like color fading. Keep in mind that most shoe materials are sensitive to sunlight, so it’s best to allow shoes to dry inside on their own. If you’re in a hurry, you can dry fabric shoes at a cool temperature in a drying machine, but keep all other shoes away from the dryer.

When looking at today’s fashions, it seems as if the latter half of the 20th century is always making a comeback in a contemporary way. Which means that even if you’re the type of woman to buy shoes like there’s no tomorrow, taking care of older shoes could definitely be of benefit when a particular style surfaces on the runways once again. When someone asks where to purchase a pair of your well-worn, well-polished shoes, you can smile with the knowledge that no one is stealing your look today.

 

Finding office-appropriate clothes that express your personal sense of style can be a real challenge, and it leaves many women reaching for the same black blazer and pencil skirt over and over (and over) again. If your work wardrobe is underperforming, we have just what you need to dress for success. Take your look from 9 to 5 and beyond with these easy styling tips.

 

Working Girl (Meets Boy)

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Dress like a girl boss by borrowing from the boys. Menswear-inspired pieces instantly balance ruffled dresses and flounce skirts, and they keep your style looking modern and sophisticated. Wear a longline blazer over a floral-print dress for a fresh combination, or tuck a chiffon blouse into black trousers for a figure-flattering silhouette. Block heel loafers, plaid scarves, and two-tone satchels add their own boyish charm, and they pull your entire look together with ease.

 

Team Players

 

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Instantly elevate conservative outfits with little accents that make big statements all their own. Complement crisp white button-downs and LBDs with burgundy pumps, or give your everyday dresses and suits a playful finishing touch with ombre tassel earrings. From bold color pops and lace-up necklines to unexpected textures, these versatile accents show off your personality while keeping things perfectly professional.

 

Office Romance

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Take your look from long days to date nights with the help of romantic accents. Floral blouses and blushing hues give basic black, navy, and charcoal suits a dreamy update. Style a billowy tie-front top with slim-fitting slacks for a polished uniform update, or wear a fitted cardigan with wide-leg pants or culottes for a flattering play on proportions. Dainty jewelry and hands-free backpacks keep the look prim and proper (and oh-so pretty).

 

Dynamic Presentations

 

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All work and no play makes for a dull closet. Liven up your wardrobe with statement pieces that command attention. Colorful mules take your go-to sheath dresses from manic Mondays to after-work cocktails, and faux-leather jackets give blazers a serious run for their money. Asymmetrical hems and gathered sides give casual pieces an avante-garde twist, while satchel bags and pull-through earrings pull your look together with modern details.

 

Take your style from the boardroom to the weekend in a flash with professional pieces that are true to you. Shop our new arrivals today, and check out “The Fall Edit” for more styling ideas for the season ahead!

 

Have you heard? We now have even more apparel from our absolute favorite brands like ASTR, J.O.A. and d.RA. Aside from being thrilled about our top-to-toe looks, we wanted to share the details on these new brands. Now you really can shop from the shoes up.

 

1d.RA Perfect for the girl who likes to dress up without feeling overdressed. Created by designer and founder Diana Ra, the designs are soft, sunny and fluid….just look at this fuss-free breezy button-down top. Definitely a one-minute outfit when styled with jeans.

 

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2ASTR Expect carefree closet essentials with a fashion conscious edge. From mix and match separates to statement looks, ASTR is all about confident style. Case in point: This irresistible blue striped dress.

 

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3J.O.A. Little know fact: J.O.A. designers travel around the world for inspirations. The end result? Unique styles that can’t be found anywhere else, like this sleeveless cowl neck sweater with amazing lace-up details.

 

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Check out the entire apparel collection here and discover more brands like StyleSaint, BlankNYC, Beyond Yoga and more.

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The time is now to get your boots and booties game in check. We’ve done all the work for you with these versatile and classic styles with a modern twist.

 

THE ANDIE BOOT:

Prepare for compliments from total strangers while wearing these rich leather over-the-knee riding boots  This pair looks incredible over denim jeans and loose layers.

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THE TEBA BOOT:

Suede and totally wearable, we love this suede style because it works with literally anything (and we mean anything).

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THE MARS BOOTIE:

Versatile is an understatement when it comes to this Chelsea bootie. This suede pair looks particularly great with denim skinnies.

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THE ZADA BOOTIE:

Basket woven booties with a very comfortable stacked heel makes this classic silhouette anything, but ordinary.

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For us, summer means last minute beach trips, lots of iced green tea, BBQs and free-spirited bohemian pairs that we can wear now through Labor Day.

 

1Rosalie
It doesn’t get anymore bohemian than gladiators. This mid heel lace-up pair crafted from suede looks utterly gorgeous with super flared jeans.
 
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2Emilia
We made this cork platform extra easy to slide into thanks to the banded straps (that also wrap around the wedge). Team with a white linen dress to look like an ethereal vision.
 
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3Gillian
Imagine this: Feeling the breeze and wandering around a new beach town in these buttery leather lace-up sandals.
 
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4Sarena
Enjoy relaxing and sunny Saturdays in this luxe thong sandals. Crafted from leopard-printed hair calf and leather, this pair looks laid-back and lovely with a relaxed shift dress.
 
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PUMPKIN PICKING: Hayrides and sipping apple cider await you.

 

Get The Look: Shop Miia Loafers; Shop Kiley Bag; Shop Long Wishbone Necklace.   

 

 

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SUNDAY GAME DAY: The easiest way to up your style game? This low-key outfit.

 

Get The Look: Shop Lylee Boots; Shop Basic Wool Fedora  

 

 

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COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND GETAWAY: Enjoy the last mini break before the Holiday season in style.

 

Get The Look: Shop Erlina Bootie; Shop Nina Tote; Shop Wide Brim Wool Hat 

 

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And why not wear them on a night out? We always do! Think slim cut tuxedo pants and any of the above. Done and done.

 

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