Aug 18, 2009 8:13 AM
We follow this rule of thumb for trends vs. basics: if it's a complicated, trendy piece like a pair of dominatrix gladiator cage sandals,, buy it in a basic color like black or white that's guaranteed to make it last beyond the life of the trend itself. If it's a classic basic like a tee, flats, or jeans, buy it in a bright, fun color to perk up an outfit. Pierre Hardy's Suede Flat Boots ($447) in cerulean blue fit the second rule perfectly. The rounded toe & flat heel are comfortable day in & day out, the suede will last for years to come, and the blue? Pure sky-colored fun.