12 Shoe and Handbag Combos for a Seamlessly Chic Post-Commute Switch

by Alison Syrett Cleary

More than denim cutoff temperatures, more than popsicles for dessert, more than sunscreen smell everywhere (which for some may be a bad thing; I happen to have a Proustian attachment to it), what I miss most about summer is the shoe-friendly weather. There's no worrying whether the icy sidewalks will leave salt stains on my nubuck booties or if it's way too chilly for D'Orsay flats-I can just throw on whatever footwear looks best and be done with it. It's so much less complicated.

Now, don't get me wrong: it's not that I don't appreciate the waterproof powers of duck boots and wellies; my problem is with the militant, Martha Stewart-level planning that goes into wearing something less resilient. Not only do I have to pick a second set of shoes that work with my outfit, but ones that fit in a coordinating handbag as well. Life would be easier if I had a few of the pre-packaged shoe/purse combos in the slideshow above-each meant for a different type of occasion-stashed in my closet and ready to go. I'm already sold on slides eight and eleven (bonus: those Marais bow flats are spring 2014's It color)-click through to find a few pairings that work for you. (Winter is, after all, sticking around for at least another six weeks, so why not make it a little more pleasant?)

More from Lucky:
8 Outfits Men Love on Women
How to Wear a Baseball Cap and Look Cool
Fancy Beauty Buys for Under $20
The Best Black Shoes in every height