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Item We Love: Jeffrey Campbell Lita Boots



In case you lived under a rock last year (or were just too busy studying for midterms to browse fashion blogs) Jeffery Campbell’s Lita boots hit the street style fashion scene with more fury than Uggs in high school. I’m slightly addicted to Fashiontoast, and I became truly obsessed with the way Rumi made haphazardly thrown-together outfits look incredibly chic with just the addition of her many pairs of Litas.

It took me quite a little while to save up for a pair (they run from $150-$200 dollars, depending on the material or print you choose) but finally, the week after Thanksgiving break, my lovely Litas arrived on my doorstep. After the initial screaming with joy, wearing them 24/7 around my house (even with my pajamas), and showing them to all of my friends wore off, I was left with a bit of a problem…sure, they look great on waifish fashion bloggers, but do Lita boots translate well into real life?

These distinctive boots were hotter than Jude Law last year, and from the street style photos we’ve seen of this season’s New York Fashion Week, they’re back for another go-around. CF is here to tell you why we love them, show you some cheaper alternatives, and give you tips on how to style these babies.

Are you as excited as I am? (And I’m talking Rebecca Black-caliber “WE, WE, WE SO EXCITED!!”) Read on!

Why We Love Lita Boots

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Before we get into styling them, here’s a brief history of the Lita boot. Since hitting the scene in July of 2010, these babies have become a bit of a cult item, appearing on literally every popular style blogger’s posts in fall of 2010 and winter of 2011. But don’t worry, despite their trendiness last year, I have a feeling that these boots still have another winter or two of popularity left in them. Here’s a few reasons why I think they rock:

  • They come in every color, pattern, or style imaginable. From suede to leather, glittered to pony-haired, solid-colored to leopard print, camouflage to plaid, you’re bound to find a pair that’s as crazy or as versatile as you prefer. (Check out the Lita selection at Solestruck for an idea!) The pair I own are brown leather — the neutral color goes with everything in my closet, leather is easier to care for than suede, and let’s face it: the boots are crazy enough on their own. The more patterned the boots are, the harder they become for a college girl to pull off.
  • They’re surprisingly comfortable. So, they’re 5-inches high, which may sound too high for many of you. However, the 2-inch hidden platform at the ball of your foot make them feel like 3-inch heels — much more reasonable. Plus, the laces allow you to tie them as tightly or loosely as you want, and you can easily hide a gel insole in them if you need extra support.
  • They’re a great investment piece for some styles. If your usual style is really preppy or conservative, spending $160 dollars on a pair of Lita boots probably isn’t this wisest decision. However, if your style is more urban or funky, these boots alone can breathe new life into your current wardrobe.
  • They go with almost anything. From dresses to shorts, skinny jeans to bell bottoms, a solid pair of leggings or a patterned pair of tights, a pair of lace-up boots will go with a very large percentage of what is already in your closet.
  • They’ll give your wardrobe some high-fashion flair. As much as I wish I could afford Rag and Bone’s entire fall line, I’ve also got to do things like eat and pay rent. Lita boots will give your Forever 21-infused ensemble the look and feel of a designer outfit.
  • They’re fun! When worn with plenty of confidence, Lita boots make an excellent conversation piece. Guys will compare your shoes to a pair of Lady Gaga’s (in a good way!), and girls will ask you where you bought them and how you learned to walk in them. Plus, I can’t help but feel like a total badass when wearing them out. They made mundane things like getting coffee, going to the bank, grocery shopping, or filling up your gas feel glamorous!

Get The Look For Less

Not up for spending $150+ on a pair of real Litas? There are plenty of cute and affordable alternatives that will help you get the look for less cash. These cheaper options would also be a great way to try the trend if you aren’t sure about it yet.

Alternatives to the Jeffrey Campbell Lita boots
From the top left: 1, 2, 3, 45, 6, 7, 8

How to Style Your Lace-Up Boots

  • With Dresses. Litas (or similar styles) look great with a winter dress paired with a wooly pair of tights or your go-to pair of leggings. Transition a summer dress into fall by pairing it with a cardigan, scarf, tights, and your lace-up boots.
  • With Pants. Lita boots are most popularly worn with skinny jeans, but I think they look awesome paired with flared jeans as well — it’s a good way to tone down the craziness of the shoe. They would also look great with a pair of skinny cargos or even harem pants if you’re daring.
  • With Shorts. A dressy pair of shorts plus a pair of lace-up high heeled boots will make your legs look miles long. If it’s chilly, add your favorite pair of tights.
  • With Socks. If you’re feeling really bold, pair your boots with thigh-high stockings or cute socks that reach a little higher than your ankles. You can go girly with a pair of lacey fold-down socks, or urban with a thick, patterned pair.
  • With Tons of Accessories. Steal some blogger style by wearing your lace-up boots with a fedora, a thick scarf, dangly earrings, a stack of bangles, and a giant cocktail ring.

Outfit Ideas

How to wear Jeffrey Campbell lita lace-up boots: Outfit 1
Jacket, Ring, Dress, Earrings, Lita Boots

Have a favorite summer dress that you aren’t quite ready to part with? Condition it for fall by pairing it with a utility-style jacket and of course, a pair of lace-up booties. Finish the look with some funky jewelry.

How to wear Jeffrey Campbell lita lace-up boots: Outfit 2
Jeans, Striped Shirt, Cardigan, Fedora, Lita Boots

Start with dark skinny jeans, and pair them with a classic striped boat neck shirt. Add a cozy cardigan to stay warm. This is a really basic, wearable outfit, but you can make it unique with a wool fedora and your lace-up boots! This is a simple way to make an outfit go from “blah” to “WOW!”

What Do You Think?

What was your initial reaction to the Lita boots trend? What do you think of them now? Would you dare to rock them? Are you going to save up for a real pair, or get a more thrifty version? How do you style your lace-up boots? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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55 Responses to “Item We Love: Jeffrey Campbell Lita Boots”

  1. 1
    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    ugh, I abosulutely ADORE Litas. Unfortunately, wearing them would make me 6’4″, which I do not want. But I still love/want them )))))))':

  2. 2
    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I love them!! But I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to walk in them :P

  3. 3
    September 22nd, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    It took me a really long time to come around to these. They looked clownish and ugly to me at first, but now I am in love with all the ways you can style them! They look amazing with maxi skirts, btw :)

  4. 4
    September 22nd, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    i love the look but agree that they would make me feel too tall.. Im almost 5 9″ plus how many inches??

  5. 5
    September 22nd, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I HATE the Lita boots! They look like clown shoes with a heel. I’m so tired of scrolling through LOOKBOOK and seeing an adorable/awesome outfit completely ruined by a pair of ugly clown shoes that throw off the proportion of the whole outfit. Since when were big feet in style? I can’t wait for this trend to die!

  6. 6
    September 22nd, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Wow, has it really only been a year? I’ve been lusting after these things for so long that it feels like I’ve been seeing them for years!

    Driftwood and Daydreams

  7. 7
    September 22nd, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I really think whether or not they look good depends on how big your feet are. I think on all the waifish 5’10” girls on LookBook it looks disproportionate (tall = big feet), however I have a pair in a seven and my feet don’t look comically large in compairison to the rest of me.

  8. 8
    September 22nd, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Is it bad that I want all of these?

  9. 9
    September 22nd, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    To anyone who is scared of getting these/walking in these: I swear these are the most comfortable shoes on planet earth! I cannot stand heels usually because my feet hurt too much after like 3.4 seconds but I could (and have) walk for miles in these. I wish I could get free Lita’s for saying this but seriously buy these shoes, you will NOT be disappointed- they really do go with everything.

  10. 10
    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I think I’m in the minority here, but I do not care for them. They are too big and clunky for my style. I do However like some of the alternatives shown!

  11. 11
    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I love how they look, but they wouldn’t be practical for me.

  12. 12
    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I have been lusting over these shoes for the past year. It’s kind of embarrassing. I feel like this post might be the final sign for me to finally invest in these.

  13. 13
    September 22nd, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    ooooh. i don’t really like these. and i wear a size 10, so they would make my feet look gigantic. and i would be 6’2″. and also they’re $200. that would be a no.

  14. 14
    September 22nd, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    jc – I completely agree. Normally, I warm up to trends/cult items pretty quickly (at least, quickly enough to admire and appreciate people who can pull them off), but I still can’t get behind the Lita’s, despite all the different patterns and prints. I think the shape just looks too chunky and weighty (especially near the toe of the shoe), at least to me.

    Still, kudos to the bajillion girls out there who can pull them off with confidence :)

  15. 15
    September 22nd, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Jeffrey Campbell Lita boots are so trendy right now, but as a college student putting out that $150.00 can be tragic. Love this post!

  16. 16
    September 22nd, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Love! looking fabulous is attainable even as a college student! Love this blog!

  17. 17
    September 22nd, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    At first when I saw them on bloggers, I really did not like them, but after seeing them more and more, I have gotten used to them and now I really want a pair of Litas :) Especially after trying them on and realizing they are actually really easy to walk in and that they are super comfortable!

  18. 18
    September 22nd, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    They’re cute but they look really chunky. For now I’ll pass, but maybe I’ll warm up to them.

  19. 19
    September 22nd, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I didn’t like them at first, but now I love them. I have a similarish pair that I got from payless. I actually just posted about them in by blog.

  20. 20
    September 22nd, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I usually like more dainty shoes, but actually really like these! Great outfit picks too!

  21. 21
    September 22nd, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I wish these shoes would go away! I do like most of the Looks for Less.

  22. 22
    September 22nd, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    The first alternative shoes link doesn’t work. They are really lovely!

  23. 23
    September 23rd, 2011 at 11:26 am

    best 120something dollars i have EVER spent. i got mine from DNA footwear with a 20% discount. i almost cried out of joy when they came in the mail. they are SO comfortable. like, there is NO way that heels this high could ever be this comfortable, but they are! i wore them all day when i went to the aquarium with my family, and my foot/back/legs were fine! i’ve worn them to a lot of school fuctions as well, they are definitely a showstopper and attention grabber. amazing. totally recommend. i have them in black leather :D my next goal is to get the 99-tie shoe in taupe…

  24. 24
    September 23rd, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Gojane has knock-off Lita’s for $40! They look almost exactly the same.

  25. 25
    September 23rd, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I’m not a fan, personally. I think they’d look clunky on my feet.

  26. 26
    September 25th, 2011 at 2:55 am

    This is the first time I’ve seen/heard about these shoes (I don’t keep up with fashion that much, I just need help on how to dress myself) and upon first seeing them, I can’t help but see hooves.

    But then I’ve looked at them again and thought about it…. and they still just look like horse feet to me. It’s like a watered down centaur.
    Besides, while I’m not terribly tall at 5’7″, I do live in a region where the average male is 5’8-9″ I do not need to be that much taller.

  27. 27
    September 25th, 2011 at 3:34 am

    I’m in love with Lita’s and I’m seriously thinking about ordering the black/spikes ones. Has anybody got those?

    Is it true they run half size bigger? Usually I wear 9 but I don’t know if I should get an 8 or 9 (or 10?) because they don’t have half numbers. What do you think?

    I’m afraid my feet will look huge but I want to try them anyway!

  28. 28
    September 27th, 2011 at 12:56 am

    These are cute, but definitely not something I could ever realistically get. Besides being way out of my shoe budget, I never wear heels (already 5’8″), definitely can’t walk in them, and wear a size 10/11 shoe so they would look HUGE. If I was five feet tall, rich, wore a size six and knew how to walk in heels, I’d definitely buy them :P

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  30. 30
    November 10th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    HATE Litas, no no no no no

  31. 31
    November 25th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!!! I saw them while looking through brands in eBay and I had my eyes on them ever since… Everyone says they’re comfortable and I would LOVE to try them on one day! I know that I can guarantee comfort in these babies and they’re also light weight!!! My brothers don’t really like them but I asked a few other friends and they think it’s cute. I want to buy a pair but I’m trying to find the right time where I can get a steal on them because I’m not that desperate right now for shoes.. but I always have my eye on the Jeffrey Campbell Litas! I’m 5’7″ so I don’t know how they will turn out.~

  32. 32
    November 27th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Love love love Lita boots – but way to expensive… I love these, they make me average height, being only 5’1″. I need them! Found some Steve Madden knock-offs at T.J.Maxx… much more my budget at $60… they are on my wishlist!

  33. 33
    December 11th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    thank god im only 5’3 with size 5 feet,need litas for a concert ill be attending next year ;) also, if you don’t wanna pay over £100 for them,you cant get BRILLIANT copies that you wouldn’t be able to tell the different with only £35 – £40, think every girl needs a pair of litas in their life.

  34. 34
    January 18th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I just got the JC Lita in Leopard from FlyJane today and I am LUST. They are the HOTTEST shoes I’ve gotten in a while. The Leopard is amazing!!!

    Here is the site link:

  35. 35
    January 27th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I got a pair for my 15th birthday and i am in love, i always pair them with scrunched down socks, distressed shorts and brown knitted cardigan, if you live in the Uk Topshop is your best bet for finding the right socks to go with it :3

  36. 36
    February 17th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    When I hear Jeffrey Campbell shoes, it reminds me of how Demi Lovato loves these shoes but I am already too tall to wear these shoes.

  37. 37
    February 25th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I have Jeffrey Campbell Lita shoes, and they are the most comfortable shoes (wiht heel) I’ve ever walked in!!! I’m 5’9”, and my foot is size 7, and I think they look the best on tall girls with small feet :))) On short girls they just look too big, on girls with a big foot they look too big! So even if you’re really tall, but have smaller feet like 7,8, you’ll still look good! Stories about being too tall are sooo stupid, you girls should not have complexes like that!!! Makes no sense! When I dress, I dress for myself, not for the guys, I feel more confident like that! You girls should think like that too :) And then, you’ll shine, and be more attractive to everyone around you :) xoxo

  38. 38
    March 13th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I love love love the look of these shoes but I seriously cannot bring myself to believe what people have said about how easy these are to walk in. There is just no way a 5-inch heel would ever be easy to walk in without seriously hurting your ankle! I really want them but I can foresee falling and breaking my ankle. I can wear some pretty high wedges but heels are just so tough for me… Anyone else feel this way?

  39. 39
    March 19th, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I think that these shoes make your feet look a bit bigger – but they make you legs look long and skinny, and who don’t want that?

    Personaly i love these. they are special and give a kind of richy or expencive look. I want to buy a pair, but in a shop… I want to trey them first… <3

    Hugs and lucks from me! <3

  40. 40
    April 3rd, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I got a great pair of Lita look-a-likes from Charlotte Russe for $48 they don’t have a large of a platform but still are very close to the Lita’s. I’m in love. Plus thank you for the outfit ideas!

  41. 41
    June 21st, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I fell in love with the Lita’s but i am only 16 and could not afford a $200 dollar shoe. i recently went on and they have the exact shoe in different colors for only $50! they are just as comfortable and there is not one different thing about them except that they do not have the Jeffery Campbell’s!

  42. 42
    July 22nd, 2012 at 4:02 am

    I have ridiculously large calves but i really2 wanna puchase these shoes, do you think they’d look bad on me? :/

  43. 43
    September 22nd, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I want these shoes so badly is it completely ridiculous. I got to try a pair on the other day, and they are the most comfortable shoes on the planet! You wouldn’t think so, but they are!!

  44. 44
    December 6th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I am so obsessed with Litas!!!! I want them in every pair possible! I love staring at them! lol.

  45. 45
    May 28th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    i am 5’9 and i do not care how tall i will be in litas. Litas and foxy’s are my dream shoes and i will be purchasing them. embrace your height. Be happy you were bron tall. Our legs look like heaven in litas. show them to the world girls.

  46. 46
    August 8th, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I am almost 5’10 and have a pair of Litas in the plain black leather with the wooden heel! Yes they make me over 6 feet but these shoes are all about confidence!!! They are very comfortable for heels and they look great with dark skinny jeans. To all the tall girls who have been commenting, dont count yourselves out, there is nothing more attractive then a tall girl who owns her height. If you have the money saved these are an awesome investment :)

  47. 47
    November 5th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I love this style for fall but 200 dollars?! Uh no. So i went to charlotte russe and bought a pair that looks exactly like it for less than $50! Normally i hate wearing heels for a long period of time but I feel like i can run a marathon with these (not really)

  48. 48
    May 24th, 2014 at 12:39 am

    I am in love with these, and scored a BRAND NEW PAIR on ebay, listed as “used” or “preowned” but they came and they are freaking mint if they are preowned the person never wore them out. And I paid a whopping $21 total for them on top of it! So freaking happy!!!!!!!!!

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