The Only Thing I Love More Than These Boots Is the Message They Stand For

Footwear brand Naturalizer teamed up with The Outrage, an activist network, to create a limited-edition boot that not only encourages people to vote, but also supports women running for office.

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Naturalizer Callie VOTE Boots
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Once I find something I love, whether it's a song, a workout, or, in this case, a pair of boots, I tend to become full-on obsessed with said thing.

So when I got my hands on a pair of Naturalizer's limited-edition "VOTE" boots (Buy It, $150,, they immediately became a staple in my wardrobe — not just because of how cute they are (the chunky heel is everything), but also because of the important initiative and message behind the boots.

Ahead of the presidential election in November, Naturalizer partnered with The Outrage, an activist network, to create a limited-edition boot meant to empower women to exercise their right to vote and demand change. (

Along the top of the toes of the boot, the word "VOTE" is spelled out in a design by artist Kiersten Essenpreis — who, BTW, painted all 1,000 pairs (that's 2,000 shoes total) by hand. NBD, right?

The collaboration sparked more than just a unique shoe style. "These boots represent all the ways we're marching in the footsteps of the women before us, with the women beside us, and for the future rights of all women," Rebecca Lee Funk, founder and CEO of The Outrage, said in a statement. "Now, more than ever, our voices matter and need to be heard. Our marching orders are simple — vote."

A portion of proceeds from the limited-edition boots will benefit She Should Run, a non-profit organization that supports women running for office. (

The boot itself is a limited-edition version of Naturalizer's Callie black leather boot, which features an almond toe, contrast red stitching, a sleek lace-up design (including an extra hook at the top for an even more secure fit), and a full-length zipper for when you're too lazy for laces. The 3.5-inch heel is tall enough to give you that boost of confidence in your stride, but still chunky enough to ensure you won't topple over while you're walking (also, all the better for stomping out the patriarchy in).

Naturalizer Callie VOTE Boots

Buy It: Limited-Edition Callie VOTE Boots, $150,

Aside from being a perfect shoe for fall, Naturalizer's VOTE boots are also an inevitable conversation-starter. I've worn them to a few different socially distant gatherings lately, and without fail, they always lead to a discussion about voting.

And listen: I'm not here to tell you who or what to vote for in November. Considering that nearly half of eligible voters didn't vote in the 2016 election, it's crucial to motivate people everywhere to exercise that right this year, regardless of what they choose at the ballot box.

Need a little help registering to vote? Naturalizer has you covered. As part of its collaboration with The Outrage, the footwear brand put together a voting checklist with information on how to register to vote, how to check your registration status, how to set up election reminders, and how to find your polling place. (

Sure, a pair of limited-edition boots alone isn't going to convince millions of people to head to the voting booth. But it can inspire more conversations about why voting is important and how to make your voice heard.

At the very least, there's no denying the boots look sick with a leather moto jacket.

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