stepping out of my comfort zone {+ $100 giveaway!}

26 October 2016


As someone that sticks with what she likes and knows and rarely leaves her comfort zone, I was extremely pleasantly surprised by a couple of booties I recently tried from Rack Room Shoes. First up! These Steve Madden Nelmas in a shoe color and heel height I normally avoid. My unspoken rule of clothes/shoe buying thumb is: could I wear this to Costco? because most weeks - that's as fancy as things are going to get. Of course there are exceptions for church and nicer occasions but if it's not comfortable enough to wear to my favorite warehouse - odds are that I won't wear it at all. 


But these fit the comfort bill and help elevate my most basic outfits. I'm pretty loyal to my wedges but never took into account that chunkier heels might be much easier to walk in than traditional heels and wouldn't you know? They ARE.


I love the cutouts on the side that make for getting them on and off easily but the back of the shoe is nice and sturdy and won't let your foot slide out when waltzing through the produce aisle. I had actually had these in my cart for a couple of weeks because they are such a great price for a quality brand but I was going with predictable brown - I'm so glad to have them in black though. Rebel Grace 4ever.

Next! I've talked about how I've come around to the ankle boot but again, a heeled ankle boot seemed like a silly staple to employ in my closet for reasons of practicality and comfort. Until I met the Franco Fortini Lexi ...


and was blown away by how comfortable they are. They are lined with Nylex which feels like it should be a euphemism for, "cloud" because they compete with my cozy slippers in the soft department but magically manage to wick away moisture which is greatly appreciated during Florida's summer-like fall temperatures.


They feature real suede, a real wood heel, are exclusive to Rack Room Shoes and come in the following earth tones: olive, wine, taupe, and grey. I'm wearing taupe - which I'm sure you deduced.


I love wearing them with denim but they'll be great to pair with dresses/skirts and tights when the time comes.


In my never ending shopping indecision, I've tried on loads of shoes and boots included and can say that these are a phenomenal price point for the quality and the style feels classic enough to stick around for years to come so they are a great investment.


As the seasons change, shoe sizes in our household shift, and trends evolve - Rack Room Shoes is our go-to spot to find affordable footwear for the entire Camp. Rack Room Shoes has recently launched a brand new app that offers exclusive, app-only savings and makes it super easy to browse and purchase brand name shoes for men, women, and children.

The Rack Room Rewards program offers extensive discounts, coupons, and $15 in rewards for every $200 spent.

Rack Room Shoes is generously giving away a $100 gift card to one of you fine readers. Follow the Rafflecopter instructions to enter by simple visiting Rack Room's site, leave a comment back here with your favorite pair or pairs of shoes, and be sure to register your comment with Rafflecopter.

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322 comments:

  1. Looks like their site is down right now, but I love the suede booties you're wearing!

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  2. I LOVE chunky heels and I've been itching to get a pair of my own! Like you, I am loyal to wedges, but they're not right for all seasons/looks. Love these shoes! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  3. I tried to visit and it said "We'll be back soon," that they're doing site maintenance. Bad timing! :)

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  4. Those taupe booties are perfection.

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  5. The Franco Fortini Lexi in wine please!!! The way you describe them has my soon-to-be-postpartum feet screaming with comfy delight!

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  6. I really like the Franco ones you are wearing the best, but I would love them in grey!

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  7. I love the Franco Fortini Lexi boots, probably in taupe, but maybe I'd go out on a ledge and try olive. I love ankle boots, especially since I live in the South.

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  8. I love the grey booties you are wearing the last few photos!

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  9. i can't even open the link to the olive version of those boots and i still know i want them. so cute!
    and totally agree with you - i had to embrace the "if i can't wear it while chasing kids then i'll never wear it" wardrobe

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  10. LOVE those gray booties! Seems like rack rooms site is down right now, but trust me, I'd be choosing booties! I've been on the hunt forever...

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  11. I've been on the lookout for some new booties! Thanks for the suggestions.

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  12. Oh, and I'd totally buy the 2nd pair in your post 😀

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  13. The Rack Room site is down for maintenance right now but I would love to get a pair of those Lexi booties you're wearing!

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  14. My go to booties got trashed a rainy outdoor event and Ive been searching high and low for new ones. Love the taupe color

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  15. Excellent choices! I could use a new pair of black ankle boots myself. (I'm forced to come around to the ankle boot given that no riding boot ever has worked for my short legs...)

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  16. I love those booties you have on - I'd probably buy something along the bootie line :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. love those Franco Fortini Lexi booties you are wearing!!!! I'd love a pair especially if it feels like walking on clouds. :)

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  18. Booties are my weakness and these are all perfect!

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  19. Their website is down right now, but I'm on the hunt for some cute and comfortable booties like yours!

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  20. Maybe another pair of flats or shoes for my kids.

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  21. The website is down, but I have been looking forever for some super comfy flat booties!

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  22. I love those booties! So cute!

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  23. I think I would get a pair of the Mayari Birkenstocks

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  24. So cute! Love the tan booties!

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  25. I would love some booties for winter!

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  26. ah i love them all, those black booties are my favorite! :) thanks, grace!

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  27. I'm loving the XAPPEAL STEWART bootie in that lovely wine color!

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  28. The XAPPEAL Nora booties are something I'd totally add to my closet!

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  29. Those Nalmas look pretty sweet and I also love the BJORNDAL Rachels!!

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  30. I love the black Steve Madden ones you are wearing! I've been looking for some black ankle boots and those are exactly what I've been searching for.

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  31. I would totally buy the Franco Fortune Lexi booties in Olive 😀

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  32. As usual, I love the pair you chose. I'd definitely go with the Lexi as well!

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  33. Site is down, but I love your black booties!

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  34. It might be time for me to venture into the world of booties. https://www.rackroomshoes.com/122265/ABBEY.prod?pg=&pp=&filter_cat=style/bootiesshooties-style

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  35. I love the suede booties you're wearing!!!

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  36. There are so many great choices! I like the Franco Fortini Winchester boots, and the xoxo Morgan boots. Or even a pair of shoreline converse!!

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  37. Franco Fortini riding boots would be great to wear here in Nashville TN!

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  38. I love both of these! So cute on you

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  39. I've been feeling the need for a pair of basic white Converse, but there are GOLD ones on the site. Probably will have to go with those!

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  40. Oh those shoes look so good on you! I just moved to NYC and I'm a liiiittle nervous about the chilly temps this winter so I'd buy the Sperry Sweetwaters! Or a pair of Bearpaws.... Or both. Anyway, love your blog!

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  41. I'd get Converse for the family.

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  42. Love love the black Steve Madden you have on! Perfect for me to pretend that Fall exists in Southern California.

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  43. Love the Lifestride Wendy boots!

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  44. I would love to get the https://www.rackroomshoes.com/122297/LAURENE.prod?pg=&pp=&filter_cat=style/bootiesshooties-style

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  45. Laredo Cross Point - I've been wanting new cowboy boots for a long time!

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  46. I'd love any of the BOC booties!

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  47. Franco Fortini Lexi in Olive!! But those black booties are so cute too!

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  48. Oh those Francos. I just love them in the wine!

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  49. I love the Steve Madden ones you're wearing!

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  50. I'd definitely buy the black booties you blogged about! They look so cute!

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  51. I'd love to have a pair of those Franco Fortin Lexis!

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  52. The suede booties are really cute!

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  53. The Limelight Jena's are super cute too!

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  54. Love the lace up flats look, just a little scared to try it :)

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  55. My favorite pair on the website is the "NO PARKING LAURENE".

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  56. I love the Franco Fortini Lexi -- I think it's because your style makes them look so great!

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  57. Love the tan booties you're wearing! Need them!!

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  58. I love yours, but after broswing I think I would go outside my comfort zone and get the Franco Fortini Lexi in maroon!

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  59. I'm getting ready for winter and would love some cute Khombu boots!

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  60. I love those Khombu boots-looks like they would be so warm for winter!

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  61. I love the Report Giddi boots. The braid detail is darling!

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  62. I'd love darker converses! Matching for me and my girls!

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  63. Loving the converses! Maybe a dark pair?!

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  64. Love the Madden Girl Bolero!

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  65. These outfits are perfection!! You look great! :)

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  66. Been thinking about something like the Bjornal Rachel. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  67. I would grab those Lexi booties in grey!

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  68. Either a new pair of asics or the Franco fortini Stamford 2 riding boots.

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  69. Love the second pair! A great color.

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  70. Signed in as hubby's account, entering under my (non-google email... Rachel W). You always look adorable. I like less heel now too and comfort reigns.

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  71. I like the STEVE MADDEN NALA pump!
    Jennifer Rote

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  72. Tommy Hilfiger Shana boots! I've been on a quest for a two-toned pair to go with black and brown.

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  73. I like the xappeal Yates boots.......Livivua

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  74. I love the ones you're wearing, and the "Madden Girl Bolero" are great too!

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  75. I love the puma carson heather shoes!

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  76. Hmmm. I think I'd choose the CLARKS SILLIAN CHELL. :)

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  77. Am I the only one who thought of veggie tales with your line about waltzing down the produce aisle?! I'm a big boot fan and passing the love to my daughter as well.

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  78. I love the Franco Fortini Lexi in Olive!

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  79. I gave up buying anything with a big heel, I'll just never wear it. But booties with short heel are so cute too so I'd definitely look at those!

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  80. Both pairs suit you well! I'd go for the "No Parking Laurene"--similar to the ones you have on!

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  81. Ooh, cute! I'm rocking a lot of ballet flats these days, I'll have to see what they have...

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  82. Oh, I love the G by Guess Jelus! They're a little summery, but I still couldn't resist them!

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  83. Steve Madden Nelmas for sure! Love the cutouts

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  84. I desperately need some new workout shoes. The Nike Trainers are so cute!

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  85. I love those taupe booties! Perhaps I could retire a pair I own from target that are missing the bottom of the heel! 😂

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  86. Love the booties! I have a pair of Steve Madden booties that I got a size too small because #sale and really need a pair that is my actual size ��

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  87. I love the Xappeal yates. And maybe I'm out of the loop, but I love that they have category called shooties. ☺️

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  88. I love all the ankle booties! Especially the Eurosoft panora and the report giddi. I heart eyes them
    -Carissa Brummelhuis

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  89. I love all the ankle booties! Especially report giddi and eurosoft panora!! Heart eyes!

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  90. Well- I need some new winter shoes and something that can be a little dressy and tall boots do not work on me and I've been wondering if ankle boots are the thing for me? Maybe "no parking Laurene" is just the thing!

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  91. I need some new booties to wear to Costco!

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  92. "could i wear this to costco" -- lol'd grace.

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  93. Love the black and taupe! Both great choices!

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  94. Love the xappeal Nora.
    Bridgetarnell

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  95. I would get the Report Giddi! Love the detail!

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  96. I'd get a pair of Converse in the classic white. I've been wanting a pair for a while!

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  97. I've been having the hardest time finding a pair of ankle boots that are nice enough to wear to work but casual enough to wear on the weekend. I like the chunky heel look, I've seen more of that style than the wedge this year. I wish I could try the boots with the toes but out because they are gorgeous but I'd freeze in Cleveland.

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  98. I have no need for them but I'd snatch up pair of Sugar Aviator flats!

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  99. Never shopped here before but definitely need to check them out!

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  100. I love your suede booties, but I still haven't been brave enough to try them. What I need most are running shoes...

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  101. Loving the boots but I would probably go for some converse or Nikes for that comfort factor!

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  102. I think I'd go for the lifestride boots in black..because I too am a creature of comfort and I'm also still digging the tall boot trend. https://www.rackroomshoes.com/125168/SUBTLE.prod?pg=&pp=&filter_cat=category/boots

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  103. Gah, shoes! I'd put that credit toward some Ugg minis that I could slip into on a. Old winter morning on my way to barre class and, of course, also tromp through Costco in. I'm longgggg overdue for a trip!

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  104. Naturalizer Naomi Pumps - I need shoes to wear to the office.

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  105. I'd snag a pair of Ugg minis that I could slip into on a cold winter morning on the way to barre class and, but of course, tromp through Costco in. I'm lonnnng overdue for a trip!

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  106. I'm almost embarrassed to say, because I am not a huge UGG fan, but I love the Kookaburra cable boots. They look really cozy. There are so many great styles that it is hard to nail down just one.

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  107. I'd snag a pair of Ugg minis that I could slip into on a cold winter morning on the way to barre class and, but of course, tromp through Costco in. I'm lonnnng overdue for a trip!

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  108. Both of those booties are cute! I like the Steve Madden Nelma in brown!

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  109. I'd snag a pair of Ugg minis that I could slip into on a cold winter morning on the way to barre class and, but of course, tromp through Costco in. I'm lonnnng overdue for a trip!

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  110. The Madden Girl Boleros are calling my name! So many great shoes on that website!

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  111. Those black Steve Madden booties are aaaamazing!

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  112. I need some new booties! Like 5 pair!

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  113. I really need some Florida friendly booties, that would be my pick!

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  114. I don't know what shoes I'd want but as a college student in New England, something definitely warm and comfortable considering winter is rapidly approaching. Both boots pictured above are so cute though!

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  115. I've been looking for a low ankle boot and I think the Bjorndal Rachel boogie would do the trick!

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  116. I love the ADIDAS CLOUDFOAM RACE tennis shoes :) I would probably get those!

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  117. Lame, but the first thing I'd apring for are some Minnetonka slippers. Considering how cold-adverse they are, the Italians are surprisingly resistant to turning on the heat. The marble and wood floors in or apartment are freezing!!

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  118. Love your taupe, but I think I'd go brave with the wine color in the Franco Fortini Lexi!

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  119. I would get the taupe booties you are wearing !

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  120. Loving the cutout styles this season!

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  121. I have been looking all over for some cute taupe colored booties. Love this pair!

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  122. I'd get Limelight Jesse in black!

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  123. I would get some winter boots. We just moved from Florida to Pittsburgh and I'm dreading the snow!

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  124. I like the Limelight Denmark Boots.

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  125. I'd definitely go for the Franco Fortini Campbell boots!

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  126. I've been looking for a good deal on bogs rainboots for my kids. Then I don't think I'd have a problem finding something for myself as well!!

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  127. I love both pairs of boots you're wearing! They look so good!

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  128. I'd get the Franco Fortini Winchester wide calf boots. I need a new pair of boots as the baby foot growth has made my last pair too tight.

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  129. I've been looking for a pair of ankle boots. I love the Franco Fortini Lexi in gray AND taupe. RRS is awesome!

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  130. Adore the boots! Adore!!!! And you are simply stunning, my friend!

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  131. I've decided to "never say never" on fashion; I've made fun of and then caved to every style in the last 15 years. So I'm sure I'll be wearing booties soon! :P

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  132. The aerosoles petroleum are so fun!

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  133. As always, Mama Patton nailed it in her bootie chooses. I too love the Franco Lexi and that would be my choice!

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  134. I love both pairs you are wearing! I would probably get the Eurosoft Panora for myself and some for my kiddos! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  135. I would love to get the ROCK & CANDY SPRAYPAINT boots. So cute but so many I want!

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  136. Any heel that makes it seem like I'm walking on cloud pillows is my shoe! I like the Eurosoft Panora too!

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  137. I'm with you...LOVE the FRANCO FORTINI LEXI!!!

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  138. I would buy the Clarks Sillian Chell boot. They look so comfortable.

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  139. Loving the Franco Fortini Lexi in grey!

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  140. I like the BJORNDAL ZOE boots.

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  141. Gosh Grace, I absolutely LOVE both of your choices!! I also like the Lifestride Lexy in black :)

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  142. I'd love the comfy looking Clarks Chel booties in dark gray!

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  143. I totally want those Steve Madden Nelmas! So gorgeous! You should step out of your comfort zone more often, it looks great on you!

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  144. love those franco booties, but i'd probably get them in gray...! :)

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  145. I like the Carlos Santana style! Very versatile

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  146. Love the Franco fortini lexi boots! SUPER cute, and I'm curious about the lining

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  147. I am in DESPERATE need of new flats! I really like the XAPPEAL Sydney shoes!

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  148. I really love the Franco booties you are wearing in taupe!

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  149. I need some no flats for work and I really like the XAppeal Crawford! Also I want some booties to wear with skinny jeans and I really like the No Parking Laurene style! Thanks for this opportunity!

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  150. I love the Steve Madden cutout booties you are wearing!

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  151. I need those Franco Fortini Lexi boots!

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  152. Twist my arm - I'm super into your Franco Fortini Lexi booties in the grey or taupe. Let's be bootie twins! :)

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  153. I love the Franco Fortini Lexi!

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  154. I would choose the Bjorndal Channing. Lots of great choices.

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  155. I'm LOVING the Nelmas that you're wearing!!

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  156. I really like the CLARKS SILLIAN CHELL in gray.

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  157. Can't go wrong with a classic pair of chuck taylors :)

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  158. This is so great because I really need new ankle boots. I'm loving the Steve Madden ones you got, but in the brown since I have black boots already. I also really love the Franco Fortini Lexi boots in the taupe-ish color.

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  159. Great giveaway! I like the Madden Girl Bolero boots.

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  160. I love those black boots with the cutout!

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  161. I don't have any ankle boots (only riding boots) so this would be a perfect opportunity to add to my closet! I probably would go with a black/gray version of the ones you're wearing so I could good out of them at work.

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  162. https://www.rackroomshoes.com/100721222467/122246.prod?r=10&c=4&orderby=ordate-desc&q=lexi&st=PRODUCT&utm_source=Camp%20Patton&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=FallFashion LOVE these in taupe. Fantastic.

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