Shooties offer the best of both worlds: the ankle-grazing coverage and practicality of a boot and the fashionable design of a heel. In a variety of colors and fabrics, shooties can easily be incorporated into a work or weekend wardrobe. The key is to create outfits that not only complement your shooties, but also show off the bold style.
Play with texture and layers for a chic cool-weather outfit to pair with shooties. A knit sweater dress paired with tights offers warmth and visual interest to an otherwise basic look. Experiment with colorful or patterned tights if your sweater dress and shooties are a basic color like black or gray. If your shoes are colorful or have an interesting design, stick with neutral tights to keep all eyes on your shoes. For those who prefer more leg coverage, complement shooties with an oversized cowl neck sweater and leggings. Stick with leggings in the same hue as your shooties for a leg-lengthening effect. To define your waist, wrap a belt around your sweater and accessorize with an armful of bangles or a cocktail ring.
Complement feminine neutral-hued shooties with tailored separates for a polished office-ready ensemble. A black pencil skirt that hits at the knee or just above is work appropriate and will not visually cut off legs when paired with shooties. Balance a tailored pencil skirt with a sheer tie-neck blouse and tuck into the waistband of your skirt. Add a matching camisole underneath for coverage and a fitted blazer for more conservative work settings. A little black dress is an option if you prefer the convenience of one-step dressing. A solid-colored wrap dress or cap-sleeved sheath is a basic foundation for shooties with lace insets or cut-out details. Finish with minimal accessories like stud earrings or a delicate necklace.
Dress up basic open-toe shooties with a printed fit-and-flare skirt for a flirty day ensemble. Select a blouse with a Peter Pan collar in a color that runs throughout the print of your skirt for a cohesive look. Tuck the blouse into your skirt and slip a belt around the waistband; finish with chandelier earrings or an oversized watch. For fashion risk takers, wear leather shooties with black leather shorts for an edgy night-out ensemble. Keep the look monochromatic with a sheer black tank or blouse and add metallic accessories -- think layered necklaces and bold cuffs.
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Pair shooties with easy separates to incorporate them into your weekend outfit. Try a suede style with cropped skinny or boyfriend jeans. Roll up the cuffs if the hem is on the longer side to show off your footwear. If your shooties are a bright color, keep the focus on your feet and add a simple V-neck T-shirt and a cardigan in a neutral color. Opt for a bright tee if your shooties are a neutral hue like gray or camel. Half-tuck the hem of your T-shirt for a slightly undone look and dress up the basic neckline with a chunky necklace.
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Based in New York, Amanda Rumbalski embarked on a professional writing career in 2009. Her work has appeared in "Icon" magazine and on Entertainment-Central.com, and she has editorial and styling experience with "Women's Wear Daily," the "New York Daily News" and "Allure" magazine. Rumbalski holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising and marketing communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
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