A far cry from their 17th-century Plymouth Colony days--Marc Jacobs' F/W 12 take on the pilgrim shoe featured a stacked heel and was affixed with an oversized, rhinestoned-covered buckle--buckled shoes have rightfully secured a place in high-fashion territory. From menswear-inspired monk-strap brogues to evening ankle boots, buckled shoes are this season's hot commodity, hence, the reason we corralled some of the best styles to Go Buy Now.Our advice? Buckle down and snag a pair or two today!
On The Runway
The buckled footwear at Michael Kors, which included lug-sole lace-up boots and schoolgirl platform heels, was the perfect final touch to the collection's outdoorsy, cabin-in-the-woods theme--think: buffalo checks, shearling, and striped blanket ponchos. One of our favorites from the show, which was sadly not produced, featured a sturdy stacked, heeled, thick platform, and a day-to-evening versatility with street-ready appeal.
On The Streets
The triple buckle, red Chloe Susanna Studded Leather Boots ($1345) have been a street style favorite since the day they hit stores, and with so many interesting ways to wear these mid-heel beauties it's easy to see why. While they pair perfectly with skinny jeans or a mini skirt, we have to applaud Atlanta de Cadenet-Taylor for her unexpected yet completely cool styling, as seen on Stockholm Street Style. The tastemaker tempered an ornately beaded Chanel dress with these low-key boots, which grounded the elegant frock for a luxe daytime look.
On The Market
1. Alexander Wang Leather Monk-Strap Brogues ($425)
Leave it to Mr. Wang to create yet another desirable shoe! This time, it's a pair of mannish monk-strap brogues in the most amazing red leather. All you need now is a cropped pantsuit to complete an on-point, borrowed-from-the-boys look.
2. Acne Clover Boots ($550) in Petrol
If you want your buckled footwear to make a statement this season, look no further than Acne's Clover Boots in Petrol. The sky blue hue, wrap-around buckle, and low heel ensure these ankle boots will punch up any off-the-clock look. Not sold on blue? Try them in the more versatile black or chestnut.
3. AllSaints Widow Buckle Boots ($365)
Equal parts tough and chic, AllSaint's current take on buckled footwear has a neo-Goth vibe we're instantly drawn to. For an intriguing after-hours ensemble, contrast their edgy look with a lacy frock and opaque tights.
4. Jil Sander Leather Monk-Strap Ankle Boots ($870)
This fall, take a cue from the men and invest in a pair of monk-strap shoes. We have our hearts set on these Jil Sander boots-the combination of midnight blue and black patent leather is elegant and definitely unique. Slip them on to add polish to cuffed jeans and slouchy sweatshirts. Have a fall wardrobe budget to stick to? Frye's James Double Monk Shoes ($218) are equally chic-and offer a more affordable style you don't want to miss.
5. Aldo Brackney Booties ($160) in Bordeaux Suede
What happens when you combine a chic evening bootie, wrap-around buckle detailing, and the season's hottest shade (bordeaux)? You get Aldo's Brackney Booties-a foolproof wardrobe essential! Styling suggestion: go for an intriguing mix of oxblood hues with a leather skirt and nubby coat.
6. Giuseppe Zanotti Laceless Ankle Boots ($1360)
With an irresistibly cool combat boot vibe, Giuseppe Zanotti's Laceless Ankle Boots are a quick nod to the season's military trend. Play up their utilitarian spirit with a camo jacket, or go for a '90s-inspired look and style them with a velvet dress. If you can't invest quite so much, Pour La Victoire's Flat Moto Booties ($350) are a stellar alternative!
7. Zara Flat Ankle Boots with Buckles ($129)
Equipped with four buckle fastening straps and a sleek, ankle-grazing shape, these Zara boots are almost identical to the covetable Chloe rendition mentioned above. And if that's not reason enough to snag a pair now, then the fact that they're available at a fraction of the cost should do the trick!
8. KORS Michael Kors Meridian Boots ($395)
Whether you're treading through snow or hitting the city streets, Michael Kors has your footwear needs covered with his Meridian Boots. Seamlessly melding function and style, the utility boots feature a side zip for easy on-off access, while a lace-up front and buckle strap at the ankle ensure your foot will stay comfortably in place all day long.--Jessica Baker
Photo of Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor, courtesy of Stockholm Streetstyle.