Bloggers Do It Better: Mixing Prints

Bloggers Do It Better: Mixing Prints

We asked fashion blogger J. from J.’s Everyday Fashion to take on an ever-challenging trend: mixing prints. She styled the AEO Contrast Bootie in a fun cheetah print, channeling Kate Bosworth and pairing it with a fun printed dress. Be sure to head over to J.’s blog to learn more and show us how you mix your prints with #aeostyle.

 

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J. from J.’s Everyday Fashion mixes prints with the AEO Contrast Bootie.

 

“Animal print is a neutral, so style these boots like you would any plain brown boot. They look great with everything from a floral or crochet dress, denim shorts and a graphic tee or skinny jeans and a motorcycle jacket.”

Bloggers Do It Better: AEO Contrast Booties

Bloggers Do It Better: AEO Contrast Booties
We challenged fashion blogger Abby from All Dolled Up to create three looks featuring the AEO Contrast Bootie. Check out how she styled her booties and let us know which look is your favorite in the comments.
American Eagle Outfitters Bloggers Do It Better AEO Contrast Cheetah Booties

“My personal fashion go-to is mixing something sweet with something a little more gritty. I love the unexpected pairing of two opposites and a dressed-down pair of shoes is the perfect place to add a little contrast. While these booties work back to just about every dress in my closet, I am especially loving them with this dress. A little color and a whole lot of sparkle is completely unexpected, which is why it works so perfectly!”

 

American Eagle Outfitters Bloggers Do It Better AEO Contrast Cheetah Booties

“Vests and booties are two of my favorite Fall trends this season and when paired together, they’re a tough combo to beat. Even though this is an easy, casual look, I love how the leopard booties add the perfect element of style, taking an otherwise simple outfit to the next level.”

 

American Eagle Outfitters Bloggers Do It Better AEO Contrast Cheetah Booties

“The first thing I wanted to style these booties with was my favorite tee (complete with leather sleeves), skinny jeans, and a sparkly headband. Not only does this look incorporate some of my favorite Fall trends, but it’s a combo that feels like the perfect Fall alternative to a summer maxi and sandals. A definite go-to outfit for hitting Oktoberfest or a late season Farmer’s Market.”

DIY: How to Break in Your Shoes

DIY: How to Break in Your Shoes

We love the look of rugged, worn-in boots but wondered how we could get the same look and feel with one of our brand new shoes for fall. Our stylist Erin knew exactly what to do so she showed us how to break in a new pair of leather boots!

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What You’ll Need

Boots

Sandpaper

Spray bottle filled with water

Newspaper

Step One:

Gather your materials

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Step one: Gather your materials.

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Step two: Spray down shoes to dampen.

 

Step Three:

Loosen the laces.

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Step three: Loosen laces.

Step Four:

Step four: Mold, bend and scrunch shoes to add dimension and texture.  Really beat them up.

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Step four: Mold, bend and scrunch shoes to add dimension and texture. 

Step Five:

Sand key areas that would get scuffs naturally like sides of heels, toe beds and sides of toes.

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Step five: Sand key areas that would get scuffs naturally like sides of heels, toe beds and sides of toes.

 

Step Six:

Sand laces to soften and rough up.

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Step six: Sand laces to soften and rough up.

Step Seven:

Make the boots look worn in. Use newspaper to add color and definition to the sides of heels, toe beds and sides of toes.

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Step seven: Make the boots look worn in. Use newspaper to add color and definition to the sides of heels, toe beds and sides of toes.

Step Eight:

Bend and loosen and rough up a bit more. You can even step on and rub in sand or grass to achieve a true broken-in feel.

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Step eight: Bend and loosen and rough up a bit more. You can even step on and rub in sand or grass to achieve a true broken-in feel.

Step Nine:

Show off your boots with rolled up denim and a hoodie!

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Step nine: Show off your boots with rolled up denim and a hoodie!

DIY: Customized AE Shoes

DIY: Customized AE Shoes

Our friend Jack Ryan is an artist and producer in San Diego, CA. Our shoe team was so impressed by his work that we asked him to design a custom pair just for us! Jack was inspired by our Summer 2013 photo shoot in Sayulita, Mexico and used the color and theme to develop “Surf Flowers”.

We asked Jack why he began customizing shoes. “It’s a canvas.  That’s what I’ve been saying for a long time.  A blank canvas shoe has so much potential for self expression and unique style.  When I look at them on other people’s feet, I always say to myself, one day those shoes will have my flowers on them and everybody will be a petal pusher like me. American Eagle Outfitters canvas shoes are a great place to express my style,” he responded.

Read on to see before and after pics, what you’ll need to create your own customized shoes, and step-by-step instructions.

Live Your Life Shoe by Jack Ryan for American Eagle Outfitters

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Live Your Life Flowers by Jack Ryan for American Eagle Outfitters

After

What you’ll need:

A pair of canvas shoes from American Eagle Outfitters

A pencil

Waterproof markers in a variety of colors

Step One:

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“Measure twice, draw once. I always perfect my pencil drawing before I jump to the ink. There’s no turning back at that point.” -Jack

Step Two:

Surflowers by Jack Ryan for American Eagle Outfitters

Finalize your design with a black marker.

 

Step Three:

Surflowers by Jack Ryan for American Eagle Outfitters

Color in your design.

 

Step Four:

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Sign your finished shoe for a complete customized look. Let dry overnight then show off your design!

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