Join the “Jett Set” with the Modern Vice Jett Spring 2013 Collection
The ongoing collaboration between New York-based footwear company Modern Vice and street fashion blogging sisters Natalie and Dylana Suarez (of Natalie Off Duty and Color Me Nana) has become a lot more colorful. Among the new Modern Vice footwear offerings for Spring 2013 are nine new colorways of the Jett boot, a dashing leather ankle boot with a triple monk strap design, a pointy almond-shaped toe, a kiltie accent, and a vertical strip with oversize studs along the heel quarter. The boot draws inspiration from traditional monk shoes, men’s dress shoes that feature straps and buckles along the upper quarter instead of the standard laces associated with oxfords and wingtips. Monk shoes date back to 15th century Italy, where they were donned by Catholic friars residing in the Italian Alps, but the style was later popularized in London, where they became synonymous with dapper gents. Unlike oxfords, which have been considered fashionable throughout their history, monk strap shoes have fallen out of favor for notable periods of time then soared in popularity once again. About four years ago, it was almost impossible to find a pair of monk strap shoes but but, by Fall 2012, the style had once again entered the spotlight, with brands like Cole Haan, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Donald Pliner releasing their own sleek takes.
But while women’s shoes have drawn inspiration from men’s footwear as part of the gender-bending, androgyny-celebrating, borrowed-from-the-boys trend of recent seasons, the styles usually referenced have been loafers, smoking slippers, oxfords, and wingtips. By tapping into the polished look of men’s monk strap shoes, then, Modern Vice upped the ante on the men’s-shoes-for-the-ladies trend while also infusing them with a feminine energy via bold and adventurous colors.
The Modern Vice Jett boots, then, feature three thin straps along the upper quarter, all secured with gold-toned, D-ring shaped buckles along the side. Immediately below the lowermost strap, you’ll find a fringed kiltie accent with tiny perforations. The toe, meanwhile, is slightly more rounded than that of traditional monk shoes, which tend to be pointy but then feature a blunt square toe, lending the boots a softer sensibility. And, for an unexpected twist, there’s a vertical strip along the heel counter featuring oversize, pyramid-shaped studs for a rock ‘n’ roll feel.
This season, the boots are available in the following nine colors (listed in the order shown above): Violet, Pink, Banana, Mint, Sky Blue, Light Pink, Lavender, Orange and Teal. Retailing for $398, the Modern Vice x Natalie + Dylana Suarez Jett boots are available at ModernVice.com.
I’m personally lusting after the Violet Jett boots but am also crushing hard on the Mint, Lavender, and Sky Blue hues. Which Jett colors start your engine?