Oh, Go Take a Hike


Last winter, I was utterly enamored with Azzedine Alaia's take on the hiking boot. Done with a sexy heel, treaded platform and engaging snow leopard print, it was love at first sight. This season, he's reissued the same style, but in a more subtle print. It's still love, but at $2,220, it's out of the question. But that doesn't mean I'm over it.

Every time I see it, I still thank 'man, I really really like those shoes.' So, I'm on the hunt for something that'll rock my socks in a similar way—but for way less dosh. I know snow leopard will be out of the question, because no one does leopard like Alaia. Plus, I don't want a knockoff. But I do want something that will give the same balance of sexy, sleek and rugged that I love. Here are some of my top picks:

Oh, Go Take a Hike


1. Alaïa platform boots, $2,220
2. McQ by Alexander McQueen leather lace up boots, $555
3. Ash leather lace up boots, $315
4. See by Chloe leather booties, $360
5. Ankle booties, $250
6. B Brian Atwood 'Tempesta' Bootie | Nordstrom, $450
7. See by Chloé misaki wool cognac - timandstella.com