While shopping for transition-to-fall boots at Steve Madden the other day, something about these ‘Irena’ booties made me stop and linger on them:
Steve Madden Irena buckled strap lace-up booties in brown leather (Sold Out)
I couldn’t figure it out what it was for a while and then it hit me: these look like a cross between two of my former fall shoe obsessions!
Those two shoes are the Christian Dior Cavalier booties and the Azzedine Alaia lace-up suede ankle boots, both released in the fall/winter of 2010. Earlier this year these boots were spotted on Charlize Theron and Leighton Meester!
If you check out the pictures in that article, you might see the crossover style I’m talking about. But if not, well, these ‘Irena’ booties are still quite the looker, aren’t they?
I’m diggin’ the triple buckled straps, the stacked 4 1/2″-high heel and the rubber lug-sole bottom most of all. It gives the boot an added visual appeal and more importantly, it gives it more grip on its one-inch-thick platform sole.
The ‘Irena’ also comes in this lighter taupe color:
Steve Madden Irena buckled strap lace-up booties in taupe leather (Sold Out)
These previously $229.95 booties are now marked down to just $99.95, which is a massive 56% in savings!
Some sizes are already sold out for the brown leather but I’m happy to report that sizes 6 through 11 are still complete for the taupe leather.