Give your sandals the BOOT!

As temps drop and leaves fall, it’s time to take your toes out of the sand and slip them into a new pair of fall boots. Fashion or function – whatever your choice – boots have become a winter necessity rather than just a fashion trend. So let’s kick your boot style into high gear – and give those summer shoes the BOOT to get on solid fashion footing this fall.

Booties – the workhorse of the boot world!  Booties go with everything from skinny jeans to flirty dresses and come in every imaginable fabric and color. A neutral pick is a wardrobe staple, but round out your supply with some of the more fashion-forward trends – consider a bold color, a stacked heel, straps and buckles, fringe or laces. If you’re really daring, choose a leopard print bootie for fall – a fabulous choice to complement a solid black outfit….RAWR!

Platform Boots – If you’re an “old sole,” take a blast into the past with high platform boots that will have you channeling David Bowie or the Spice Girls! This style will be turning up everywhere this fall in a variety of heights and finishes. Platform boots make you look taller and slimmer as it elongates the leg. If you’re already tall, you may wish to stay away from this style to avoid being even taller; however those of us who are vertically challenged can easily stand out from the crowd in this unique, edgy look. Wear them with tights, skinny jeans or flared pants, long dresses or pleated trousers.  Platform boots pair really well with that edgy rocker, grunge or vintage look.

Military Inspired – The combat boot has come out of the trenches and gone mainstream as legitimate fashion footwear. Tomboys will love the look as they ooze carefree confidence but still have a girlish twist. From the classic Doc Marten to the higher-heeled versions, some even come with a side zipper to make getting dressed a breeze! Pair these with long jeans or a grunge look for the best effect, although flirty dresses are not out of the question with this style!

The Thigh’s the Limit – Not the top trend in boots, but still a trend nonetheless, runways around the world were featuring the over-the-knee boots for winter. This look is not for the timid! Daytime wear calls for flat or block heels. But all that changes when the sun goes down! That’s when spiked heels, lace-ups and pointy toes come out. This style dictates an understated outfit as the boot is the statement. So ladies, go high or go home!

Snow Boots – When the weather outside is frightful, the proper footwear can help you enjoy all the season has to offer. Your go-to boot can be a rain boot – maybe you call them galoshes or wellies – in the warmer climes, to winter hardy Sorels in the Snow Belt. Warmth, comfort and coziness are essential, but you don’t have to sacrifice style to get them. A good rule of thumb: the more snow you expect to see, the higher your boot should be. You’ll want to consider traction needs, easy on/easy off and keeping your feet dry when you look at the huge selection of winter boots. You may be better served in choosing two pair – one that will do the dirty work and another that will make you look and feel put together.

Riding Boots – Low heeled and knee high, the riding boot has come a long way from the stables to the runway. Made of quality leather, how detailed you want yours to be is strictly a matter of taste. The plain, utilitarian style appeals to the purist while those with straps and buckles may work for the more fashion-forward of you. Riding boots go with everything from sleek trousers to short dresses. Zip, no zip; two-toned leather or leather and suede combo; whichever style you choose, one thing is certain…. this classic will never, ever go out of style!

The easiest way to experiment with your style is with fashionable footwear. Whether you spend your winters enjoying the outdoors or cozied up by the fire, snuggle in for the season with these trends that will take you safely through to spring!

Written by Leigh Burnett