Every Friday at the Cut, we’re highlighting one great purchase — an item so good, it’s absolutely worth eating ramen noodles for the rest of eternity. If you’re looking for cheap thrills instead, check back every Monday for a fun pick-me-up that will still leave you enough cash for dinner.
Just a month ago, Vetements was the under-the-radar creative vision of Demna Gvasalia and his band of friends, who’d made a name for themselves with their cool but accessible style. By its fourth season, the France-based collective had already amassed a cult following, styling the likes of Rihanna and Kanye West. But now that Gvasalia has been named Alexander Wang’s successor to the Balenciaga throne, nabbing anything from Vetements has become a lot more difficult. If you’re confused about what to buy first, a good place to start is this fancy leather boot. Its simple yet structured design makes it an easy addition to your footwear collection, while the gold-plated heel adds a tasteful degree of flashiness. The low(-ish) heel means you don’t have to remember that backup pair of flats, either. Slip them on underneath a long A-line skirt, add a chunky turtleneck, and get ready to go the distance.