Rubber ‘Sole’:

Notwithstanding Barneys New York’s highly publicized business woes, the store as usual, sure looks great! On a recent trip up Madison Avenue, I was taken by the windows featuring some of Christian Lacroix’s colorful and graphic fall/winter 2004 designs for Emilio Pucci. In addition to the usual and predictable thin silk jersey dresses, what really stood out were the two lean quilted ‘ski’ jackets and especially, the wonderful patterned rubber wellies. When I checked them out in the 4th floor designer shoe department, I was delighted to find they were only $100! Available in two colorations, they are unlined, which makes them perfect for almost all year round. In the winter, during the snow and slush season, simply wear thick socks to keep your feet warm and dry.

And speaking of rubber boots, which I adore because they are so practical, especially if you live in New York, the Co-op shoe department is currently selling the Marc by Marc Jacobs rubber wellie with a 2-inch heel. Featured in his runway show back in February, they are already a sure hit. Available in black, yellow, red, and bright blue, the latter two colors are trimmed with an adorable little grosgrain ribbon on top. Like the Pucci boots, these are also unlined, and sell for $100! Who says 100 bucks gets you relatively nothing these days

Posted by Marilyn Kirschner

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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