Booties are the perfect combination of fashion and function: they have the allure of a boot but none of the bulk, helping you easily transition between your weekend skinnies and fancier frocks. It’s also ultra-easy to take booties on and off, and I’m all about being able to slip in and out of shoes.
I totally judge a shoe by how fast I can get ’em on and off my feet, because nothing is more frustrating than having to tie, lace, and strap yourself into shoes when you’re ready to run to work or a hot date or just to walk your dog… hey, Kerbie hates waiting and trust me, she gives me the evil eye every time I hold her up!
My most recent discovery, the Wanted Spark Bootie, is a physical manifestation of my dream shoe. Not only does it charmingly go with just about anything in my closet, it’s 100% vegan, super comfortable and passes my on/off foot test with gold-studded colors. It features a smooth plastic zipper track with the same long, metal Wanted zipper pull used in every pair of Wanted’s zippable (sic!) shoes, making it super easy to grab and unzip. Hooray!
It also features a 1″ wood block heel that gives you a bit of feminine oomph, but not enough to stress out your feet. This bootie is definitely one of the comfiest pairs of boots I own (and I own a LOT, trust me), and it’s apparent comfiness has resulted in many a wear this season. Since I bought ’em, I’ve probably worn them 80% of the days this season… which does make me feel bad for my other boots. They’re gathering dust!
The gold detailing just adds to the overall package — it’s not a gaudy gold, more like gold hardware that injects a rockabilly edge to your look. The tiny ball studs on the top toe of the boot are the perfect detail, so even if you aren’t a gold person, chances are you’d make an exception for these booties. It also comes in a deep red color with silver hardware, if that’s more your speed.
Overall, the Wanted Spark Bootie is one of my faavorite shoe picks this season. In a pinch, the boots fare moderately well in wet situations… so far, I’ve worn them in the rain for a few minutes, and my tootsies were still bone dry when I got home (walking a total of 10 blocks or so).
The only downside: they do make your feet sweat, due to the faux leather material, though it’s a given considering the non-breathability of faux leather anyhow… so that wasn’t a surprise.
Affordability ($79.99 MSRP)
Would I buy again? Hell YES!