Spend or Spree: Alain Quilici’s Payson Skate Lace Up Booties Worn by Beyoncé in New York City vs. Jeffrey Campbell’s Skate Leather Boots

I haven’t gone ice skating in ages. It really is such a fun pastime, so perhaps this Winter I will re-live my adolescence and make an appearance on the ice.

It seems that ice skating is having quite a moment in fashion right now. Designers are taking to skater skirts, embellished bodysuits and even skate-inspired footwear. Tuscan-born Alain Quilici is the latest to try the trend with his Payson Skate Lace Up Booties. Born to a family of cobblers, you can definitely see the amazing technique and craftsmanship that goes into each one of his designs, truly making each one unique. He looks to not just create ordinary footwear, breaking out of the conventions of traditional accessories. In order to not take away from the amazing design and composition of his pieces, he likes to only use neutral palettes, as you can see from the rich cognac brown of the Payson Booties.

A similar style to the Payson Booties are Jeffrey Campbell’s Skate Leather Boots. Jeffrey Campbell is definitely a go-to brand for statement-making footwear and this style is no exception. Sitting atop a sculptural wood platform heel, these are very much like the boots Beyoncé wore in New York City, but for a fraction of the price. Both boast a 5″ heel, thus you get the same lift. You can keep them casual like Beyoncé did with a pop of color, print scarf, button down blouse and skinnies, or you can wear them for a night out with a form-fitting LBD, statement necklace, chignon and an eye-popping lip.

 So spend or spree?

Alain Quilici’s Payson Skate Lace Up Booties retail for $1180 and Jeffrey Campbell’s Skate Leather Boots for $255. Visit www.openingceremony.us and www.urbanoutfitters.com to purchase.

*Image courtesy of INF Daily.

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