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Oh, hello ankle boot season. I see you and I’m ready to ditch the pedicures and encase my feet in your fashionable fabulousness.
I love how you make me feel dressed up. I love that you work equally as well with a skirt or frock, as you do with my favourite jeans. I love that you offer maximum comfort AND style.
Well, that last bit only applies if your ankle boot of choice is the same as mine: FRANKiE4 Footwear.
It’s just four years since FRANKiE4 launched its first ankle boot range. Just when you thought designer/podiatrist/physiotherapist Caroline McCulloch couldn’t improve the design and function of her range, she has.
The collection of ankle boots for autumn-winter 2018 has something for everyone and every outfit, from low and mid heels through to the first 90mm heel from this footwear brand. The styling is sleeker with a more pointed toe in some designs. Leather colours range from wheat and taupe, through to tan, cognac, gunmetal, metallic and black.
All FRANKiE4 Footwear autumn-winter 2018 boots come with:
- a built-in, podiatrist and physiotherapist-designed functional footbed that offers heel support, cradle and cushioning, arch support and forefoot cushioning
- patented Custom Fit Assembly pack (more on that below)
- leather upper
- leather-lined footbed
- leather lined with specifically placed foam lining to alleviate pressure on the skin
- durable rubber sole with an additional 4mm of cushioning under the footbed, with a total forefoot cushioning of 7mm
- side zip for easy access
Why FRANKiE4 Footwear
Before I take you through the range and let you know how you could win a pair of FRANKiE4 Footwear ankle boots, let me remind you why FRANKiE4 Footwear is my go-to footwear brand. I’m very proud to have been ambassador for this brand since 2015. Watching FRANKiE4 grow and watching more and more Styling You readers save their soles has been hugely rewarding for me.
I first slipped my feet into a pair of FRANKiE4 Footwear shoes way back in 2013. It’s not a moment that my feet will ever forget. I’m sure they muttered something on the lines of, “about time you treated us with some respect”. It was definitely an “AHHHH-ha” moment. You know, much like that infamous When Harry Met Sally restaurant scene, but for feet.
In defence of my previous bad footwear ways, I didn’t know how shockingly I was treating my feet in the name of fashion. AND I thought comfort footwear was something only equated with very unfashionable shoes.
I have Caroline to thank for changing that perception and creating a new reality. Her persistence in working to develop and design a fashionable footwear range that looks good AND supports our feet is the reason why there is no need to ever sacrifice comfort for footwear style.
These days, my feet do happy dances on a daily basis (it turns out I did do a lot of cumulative damage to my feet during my miss-spent 20s, 30s and most of my 40s – you can catch up on the importance of foot health HERE) because I wear FRANKiE4 Footwear shoes every day.
Even when I’m working in the office, I’m standing at my desk. When I’m out and about, I’m on the move. It’s very good knowing that FRANKiE4 Footwear has my back … I mean feet.
FRANKiE4 autumn-winter 2018 ankle boots
I find it impossible at the best of times to play favourites when it comes to FRANKiE4 shoes and boots and this season is no exception. Below is not every boot from the autumn-winter 2018 collection but it is a selection of either new styles or previous styles in new colours.
If you want to check out what the collection looks like via video, tune into the FRANKiE4 Footwear Facebook page tonight about 6.10pm, Queensland time. I’m hosting the autumn-winter launch and the parade will be streamed live.
I’ve styled the boots with a combination of frocks, skirts and jeans because that’s how I generally approach ankle boot season. I know for some that it’s a fashion stretch too far to wear your ankle boots back with a dress or skirt and I want you to know, that’s OK. Sometimes I’ll put on an outfit with an ankle boot and think: “No, not for me. Not this time.” But what I do like doing – and I suggest you do too – is playing and experimenting with different clothing pieces to nudge my existing self-imposed boundaries.
What I don’t wear ankle boots with are wide-legged or relaxed pants. On me, this combination feels and looks a little clown-like. I see it on others (hello, my fictional fashion friend Nina Proudman) and it looks great. Not so great on me. I need a slim or skinny jean or a jegging-style pant for my proportions to be balanced with the boot. My autumn-winter footwear alternatives for a wider-leg or relaxed pant are a brogue-style shoe – check out the BETH – or a sneaker – check out the new FRANKiE4 sneaker style, JACKiE.
I don’t tend to wear socks with my ankle boots or sneakers because they are breathable but on particularly active days, I will pop on a pair of FRANKiE4 sockettes. In winter, if I need for warmth, a thin pair of merino wool socks does the trick. Or if wearing boots with a dress or skirt, I’ll add a pair of black tights or leggings.
On with the autumn-winter 2018 ankle boot show … all featured are either available to buy now or available on pre-order from today. As with previous seasons, if you see something you love, avoid disappointment and order before they sell out.
The high boots
iZZY: iZZY is back in black, gunmetal and wheat (pictured above). She’s a 70mm heel that I can walk in all day. She has a fabulous cut around the ankle and a side gusseting for comfort and contrast, in the case of the wheat-coloured boot.
ASHLEY: this super popular tan, 70mm heeled boot is back (pictured above). This colour works with pretty much everything and for any occasion. I love the side detailing and stitching feature.
BRiDGET: Say hello to BRiDGET (pictured above in metallic), an update on the GEMMA boot from last year. I love the new pointed toe as a dressier, 70mm heeled boot option, perfect for taking out at night … or simply for making a statement during the day. Also available in black.
NAOMi: OK, Ladies Who Love Heels. You are going to lose your mind over this new addition to the FRANKiE4 Footwear family (pictured above in cognac and black). With a heel hight of 90mm, this boot goes where no FRANKiE4 heel has gone before. NAOMi is packed with all the cushioning and support you’d find in other FRANKiE4 boots but they are not for you if you’re not used to wearing heels. Me? I’ll embrace for occasions out. And by embrace, I mean embrace any opportunity to go out so I can get this saucy, pointed-toe style on my feet.
The mid boots
MiA: You’ll fall hard for this new mid-heel (45mm) offering. MiA is sleek and brings her style game to just about any outfit. You’ll immediately feel dressed up, even though you’re not in a high heel. Pictured above in tan and gunmetal, MiA also comes in black oily nubuck.
LAURA: Also new to the mid-heel (45mm) block, is LAURA (pictured above). Laura rides up further on the ankle and has a slimline feel to its design. Love the detailing on this boot, which also comes in cognac. She’s also a dress-up/dress-down shoe that will work with everything from jeans through to frocks and skirts.
SALLi: Last winter, I fell hard for SALLi’s stylishly effortless ways. She’s back again on pre-order and ready to woo us in a new shade – taupe – a colour (pictured above) that’s perfect for a subtler boot statement, particularly if you’re naturally or unnaturally blonde like I am. I do love the low ankle cut styling of SALLi, particularly good for my thyroidy, cankle days.
FRANKiE4 patented Custom Fit pack
I mentioned the patented Custom Fit pack in the boots with benefits checklist at the start of this blog post, but I wanted to circle back here to talk more about it as it’s something I get asked about a lot.
I will preface my chat about the Custom Fit pack with the fact that I’m not an expert. I’m just someone who wears a lot of FRANKiE4 Footwear shoes. You do have a team of experts who are ready and waiting for your call or email to help you with specific questions about the fit of FRANKiE4 shoes or boots. I think that many of us don’t want to look like we’re “bothering” the customer service team of an online store, but I think we all need to get over ourselves here. It is VERY OK for you to call or email the FRANKiE4 team, even before you make a purchase. They want to go above and beyond to make sure that you are completely happy with your purchase and can help with specifics regarding fit and your particular feet. The other thing I hear a lot about is fear of buying shoes online. I hear you. I do. My hot tip is to contact FRANKiE4 ahead of your purchase if you are concerned about sizing and fit of a particular style. You can then go on to purchase, knowing you have 30 days to return your purchase – (in most cases) for free.
The Custom Fit pack (pictured above) comes with most FRANKiE4 enclosed boots, shoes and active flats. It contains a full-length footbed; a half-length footbed; and forefoot cushions. Which footbeds you use comes down to your individual feet.
Standard fit: try the full-length footbed. This footbed has contouring to support your arch, cradle your heel and cushion your feet. If it feels snug but not too tight, you are good to go.
Narrow fit: If your shoes are feeling a little loose, place a forefoot cushion under the full-length footbed towards the front of the shoe. This will secure your shoe and provide a more snug fit.
Wide fit: Try the half-length footbed. It offers the same arch support as the full-length footbed, but extra room in the forefoot.
Extra wide fit: You can wear your shoes without any of the components in the pack. The in-built cushioning and support is very much there for you and your feet will still feel comfortable.
Me? When it comes to boots with even a small heel, I have to play around with a different footbed combination, adjusting this again once the leather has softened up a little (and it always does). My left arch is particularly high and has a vein running right over the high/bony bit, so I’ll start off with no footbed in the left boot. The right arch is not as prominent, but my feet like a little more room so I’ll start with a half-length footbed on the right. Within a couple of weeks of wearing and the leather softening, I’ll switch to a half on the left and full on the right.
FRANKiE4 Footwear has one pair of new-season FRANKiE4 Footwear ankle boots to give away to TWO Styling You readers. Win a pair of FRANKiE4 Footwear ankle boots of your choice (valued up to $299.95) by checking out the full range of new-season ankle boots HERE.
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Which FRANKiE4 Footwear ankle boot is your favourite style from the new range? And why?
Entries open on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 5.00am (AEST) and close on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winner of the “answer the question” competition will be judged on originality and creativity. The winner will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.
This photoshoot was shot on location at a private home in Teneriffe, Brisbane. Photography: The Photo Pitch; Design: Kaleidoscope Design; Hair and Makeup: Dale Dorning/Arc Creative; clothing featured is a selection of current and past pieces from my wardrobe.