Does fall even begin before you buy a new pair of boots? We think not. The crisp autumn air requires indulging in a much-needed set of booties, almost as much as you’re required to chug a day’s worth of calories in a PSL (and you don’t even like pumpkin). While a sugary latte can be found on every corner, a good boot is hard to find. Everlane, the San Francisco-based clothing brand, is known for designing all your practical needs, like its chic work bag that actually fits your laptop, or the vintage mom jean made for moms and childless adults alike. Today they launched the perfect ankle boot.
They’re called the Editor Boot, and as an actual editor, I feel it is aptly named. Everlane designed the Goldilocks of ankle boots, with subtle nods to high-fashion details that don’t overpower its simple silhouette. It’s thoroughly modern, yet absolutely timeless. Here, we break down all the reasons why this shoe reached peak basic-ness.
The Pointy Toe
A pointy toe elongates your legs, but some designers have taken sartorial liberties to make you feel like you’re wearing the bastard child of clown shoes and your mother’s heels. These are just right, and super on-trend.
The kitten heel is a delicate shape reads more elegant than a block heel, the latter of which is currently on the tail end of its popularity. The one-inch height is comfortable enough to commute on the train to work, but your heel/arch/footbed will be pain-free by the time you get to happy hour. Some brands place a kitten heel in the middle, which gives it a witchy vibe. We’re not against a Salem shoe, but Everlane’s style feels more Copenhagen Fashion Week than Salem, Massachusetts circa 1692. Because the Editor’s heel is situated toward the back of the shoe, it is refreshingly modern.
Too tall a boot shaft, and your jeans awkwardly scrunch on top. Too short, and you’re baring an ankle like a Victorian harlot. Here we have the golden ratio of ankle-boot-to-denim-jeans: This boot hits right above your achilles heel and delicately kisses the top of your skinny jeans.
Alongside the rest of Everlane’s heeled footwear collection, the Editor boot is handcrafted in a small, family-owned factory in Val D’Arno, Italy. It comes in three colors: buttery black, bone white, and a chocolate brown suede, all for $225. If the price seems steep, think of all the future PSLs you can now buy, because you’ll wear these boots for a lifetime.