WEATHER WORKHORSE: The British line Joules has your wellies fix in florals, polka dots, stripes and bows. Starting at $64, these staples are uber-feminine and have that prep-school-charm feel to them. “They’re justifiable—especially in our weather,” said Jenny Van Veen, owner at Frances Jaye (50 E 8th St., Holland). “They are a classic you’ll have for years and are comfortable and unique enough.” Colorful striped linings make this rain boot a slick reminder that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Fetish Rating: Sweating in Socks.
COUTURE ALLURE: Jenni Steele, owner of For the Love of Shoes (119 Butler St., Saugatuck) thinks shoe freaks will love the Donald J. Pliner brand. “It’s more high end, beautiful quality, that have a sexy look to them. People always gravitate toward them.” Major shoe territory is covered here as comfort shoes for nurses and teachers co-exist with Spanish Pikolinos shoes that are more rugged along with the Sacha London brand—a great woman’s work shoe that’s comfortable yet pretty. Men’s shoes are available as well as a Harley Davidson line for women. The store carries accessories such as intimate apparel and active wear, and when you add shoes to that, you’ve got the owner’s three favorite fetishes covered. Fetish Rating: Toe Curling.
FOR THE FELLAS: The Wolverine 1,000 Mile Boot line has a strong following. “Many men admire it,” said Brianna Tomlinson, acting manager at the Wolverine Company Store in the MoDiv shop (40 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids). She specifically points to the 744 style that’s classic, timeless and versatile with a “very polished look to it.” This style has been made for 100 years, so it’s a refined silhouette that passes the test of time. The deep, chestnut brown leather is great paired with dark-washed denim, distressed jeans, or could compliment the right suit. Psst!—it’s limited edition, which makes shoe connoisseurs shiver with pleasure. Fetish rating: Ecstasy in Unraveled Laces.