It must be the hardware and the woven straps that made me stop and consider this pair of Troop ankle boots by Christian Louboutin. I usually prefer taller boots that don't cut my leg at the ankle and look better with dresses. Also, I'm a Manolo Blahnik girl, not a Louboutin fan for reasons that start with how comfortable Manolos feel and end with my preference not to be so obvious about my footwear. Then there's the 120mm heel (closer to 5 than to 4". At least it looks sturdy) that will make NYC pavements feel more dangerous than normal.
Yet there's something very wearable and attractive about these Louboutins, and dare I say practical? They're not peep-toes, a boot trend that needs to go away immediately, at least in areas that have real fall and winter. The zipper is in the back, looking like a stocking seam; I also like the round toe, but I wonder if the overall effect will make my big flat feet look bigger and flatter. $1595 at Barneys and ChristianLouboutin.com.