Making Chanel’s Couture Sneakers

I’m not one to fall in love with “It” accessories or shoes. Most I could take it or leave it.

But have you seen Chanel’s couture sneakers? These might be the first It shoes that I really wish I could own. See how the Fusion Sneakers are made below, and be amazed.

Style File – Swan Skirt

A week and a half ago I found myself strolling down State Street in the Loop after a long day. I wanted to see the Isabel Marant for H&M line in person, even though I had no intention of buying anything. Isabel Marant just isn’t my style. I was impressed with the quality of the coats, but nothing else stood out as worthwhile for its prices.

Continuing up State Street, I found myself drawn into Anthropologie. While I found little interesting at H&M, Anthropologie felt like a jackpot of texture, whimsy, and embellishments.

And that’s when I came across a knitted swan skirt with needle felting. It hit the spot — romantic design, quality fabric (100% wool), really comfortable, great fit for my body, and modest. The needle felting is an unusual technique at a high street store.

The back of the skirt, by Troubadour, features tiny knife pleats.

I paired it with a vintage black silk tee, black nylons, and my somewhat new Madewell Billie Boots in true black. I finally pulled the trigger on a pair of ankle boots (after trying these first without success), and I’ve been wearing them everywhere for about a month.

The Billie Boots have been very versatile. I’ve been wearing them with work clothes and jeans on the weekends. However I need to put in some gel inserts for the balls of my feet because there is no built-in cushion on the insoles.

Considering Fall Ankle Boots

I’m not a big boot person. Every year when fashion turns to fall, I tune out on any mention of “Fall Boot Trends.” But this year, the blogs, magazines, and online shops, are like, “BOOTS, get you BOOTS here, OMG why don’t you have BOOTS yet?” It seems the focus on boots is more heightened than normal.

Surprisingly, I’m actually considering getting a pair right now, motivated by the fact that I have a maxi skirt I’d like to transition from summer to fall. None of my current shoes really work with it. Strappy-heeled sandals would look great, but that’s not the most logical choice for fall weather. So here I am considering boots.

I’ve only owned two pairs of boots before that weren’t snow or rain related. When I was in high school, my mom bought a pair of black leather boots for me. They were from Nine West and had a slim wedge heel, almost knee-high shaft, and were quite minimal in design. I thought they were the chicest boots ever. I still think they were quite nice. Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to wear them to school because we had a no boot policy, but I’d put them on after school and feel grown up, even though I was wearing a plaid, pleated Catholic-school skirt.

Then shortly after college, I bought a pair of brown leather calf-high boots. It was one of my few jaunts into the world of brown footwear and accessories. (Hopefully I’ll never do that again.) They were the slouchy kind and I wore them with a lot of skirts. I’m sensing a trend here.

So my maxi skirt needs new boots to finish off a fall-weather ensemble. But the practical side of me is commanding myself to buy boots that can work with more than a single outfit. Perhaps even with pants. So let’s consider a few pairs that I think might work.

I like this Charley Boot from Madewell. It’s a suede-leather combo with an almond toe. The upper is minimal in design, but the brown stacked heel hints at Western.

This leather ankle boot from Zara is a lot more slick. It has a pointed heel, black stacked heel, and a strap and buckle at the ankle.

Keeping the chunky black heel, the rest of this Nasty Girl boot veers in a different direction. The rounded toe is a bit more “these boots are made for walking,” and the cut out with criss-crossing straps is a cool detail.

Lastly, and maybe my favorite, the Hadley Boot from Madewell is the sexiest of the bunch. Instead of black, wine goes with just about everything. I like the angle of the heel and the fact that this boot is plain of any detailing.