As the hot, hazy evenings of summer give way to fall’s nippy nights, the surest sign that winter is on its way is the sudden appearance of boots. Boots are on everyone’s must-have list this fall. This versatile piece of footwear can be dressed up and down, and runs the gamut from endlessly comfortable to high-fashion agony. Looking to spend the fall looking like the fashionista you already know you are? Check out these 10 amazing boots to get you started.
Booties channel the endless cool of traditional boots, but without all the bulk. Perfect dressed down with jeans or worn as a centerpiece with a little black dress, booties look best paired with tights in a complementary color.
This pair from Dolce Vita comes in a variety of colors, including a gorgeous animal print
– one of this fall’s biggest trends.
For an edgier look, try these buckle-up stacked-heel booties from Seychelles.
For an even more fashion-forward look, capitalize on fall’s bowling shoe trend with these buttery faux leather booties.
Moto and Combat Boots
Think you missed your chance to channel the grunge movement of the nineties? Think again. Combat and moto-inspired boots are back with a vengeance this season. For a simple yet gorgeous look, pair these boots with something more feminine – a lace dress, an embroidered top, or a dramatic cuff bracelet will do the trick.
ModCloth’s lace-up boots come at a price tag that will leave your wallet singing with relief.
Koolaburra offers cozy and endlessly chic boots that will keep you warm on even the chilliest winter nights.
Knee-high boots are the little black dress of the footwear world, and for good reason. This silhouette looks good on just about every body type, can be dressed up or down, and never goes out of style. This season, knee-high boots pulled over skinny jeans are de rigeur. For an even more interesting look, pair your knee-high boots with textured tights, an understated mini, and a statement necklace. Need something trendy for an evening out? Knee-high boots look stellar with dresses and bare legs, and are more comfortable than stiletto heels.
Check out ModCloth’s bow-embellished boots, for a look that’s perfect with jeans or a dress. Even better, the almost-nonexistent heel means you can wear these boots all day without a backache or sore feet.
For a classic take on the riding boot, check out ModCloth’s rich tan boots. The small heel makes them perfect for a day spent shopping or a night on the town, and the subtle buckle add to these gorgeous boots’ panache.
Bohemian and hippie-inspired looks continue to be all the rage, and not just at Coachella. Bring a bit of your favorite music festival into the winter with fringed moccasin-inspired boots. This pair is shockingly affordable, and will work with just about every outfit. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the lining and flat feet make these boots imminently comfortable.
If you’re like many fashionistas, you might be medication for herpes a bit hesitant to wear high boots. After all, for years, this trend was lambasted as the last refuge of streetwalkers, so you might have gown up thinking this trend epitomizes tacky. This season, though, over-the-knee boots come into their own, and the trend is highly wearable. Keep the look classic and classy by minimizing your use of accessories and letting your boots be the centerpiece for your look. Solid colors, patterned tights, classic finishes, and a dash of confidence help to complete the look. Consider yourself warned, though: small women are easily overwhelmed by large boots, and very large women can end up making their legs look short and chubby with the wrong pair of boots. Be sure to get a second opinion before you road test this look, as it’s still a bit challenging to pull off.
Chinese Laundry’s black faux suede boots have a little bit of everything: a dangerously high heel, a calf-hugging cut, and a chic, classic finish. Try wearing these boots with a brightly-colored dress or a simple cuff to dress up the look.
Another offering from Chinese Laundry is a bit more understated, but comes in two colors so you can find a way to match anything you wear.
Want something budget friendly but still totally gorgeous? These boots from Charlotte Russe feature sexy laces, an open toe, and plenty of leg room. Keep the rest of your outfit simple with clean lines for the best look.
Fall is all about experimentation, and with so many affordable boots available, now’s the time to experiment! There’s no need to be sad about giving up summer’s flip-flops and sandals when a bevy of beautiful boots awaits you. Buy what you love, and ignore trends that don’t speak to you; if you do so, you’ll be sure to spend the cooler months marveling at your lovely outfits rather than regretting an ill-advised purchase.