Boots go with fall and winter like soups go with our meals. Nothing welcomes cooler temperatures more than the excitement of pulling out your new boots, your old jeans and favorite jacket. Top designers created boots with more than one approach which helps avoid buying two pairs for two looks; ex. ankle boots that look western and motorcycle.
This fall, the options are endless but sometimes, too expensive. Boots will probably be one of your biggest splurges this season so you want to make sure that you get the perfect boots for comfort, warmth, and style. It can become confusing and a total waste of money if purchasing a pair that just doesn’t really meet your needs nor make the outfit look finished.
There are ways to avoid spending money on a pair that you will later sell on Ebay, by considering the following types of boots and if you should purchase them:
- The knee boot in leather will be the first boot to consider. Casual or dressy, flat or heeled, a pair of tall boots is one of the most versatile footwear items you can have in your wardrobe. These come in all size heels and materials; however, consider purchasing a pair with kitten heels in leather that can be turned up or down at the top. Although suede is sleek and sophisticated, it will show every stain, water mark, and does not hold up in shape when not stored properly from season to season, High heels are really pretty on boots but for the budget-conscious mother of three, it simply is not practical and very uncomfortable. A simple black knee-high boot will work with short or long dresses, skirts, skinny jeans and gauchos. Do not wear with baggy jeans or pants. Use the ankle boot for these items. When shopping for knee boots, wear leggings or dresses to see which pair wears and looks best on you. Recommendation: Black leather
- The equestrian boot, also is known as the horse rider’s boot. This is probably the most valuable boot you will ever own and the one style that seldom changes. The rider boot is best utilized if purchased in leather; being, it will last for years, doesn’t retain moisture when worn in wet weather, and can be worn with any type casual clothing. This style boot will take you from the outdoors to shopping with extreme comfort. If you are going to invest the most money in a boot-it needs to be genuine leather and equestrian. This style boot looks great with tights, leggings, and even dresses and suits on cold days. Recommendation: Cognac leather
- The ankle boot is designed this season with several styles in mind. You can avoid buying more than one pair if you find a style that looks western and motorcyle or a pair that folds down, scrunches, etc. Unless you are brave enough to wear them with skirts and dresses, you will end up pulling them from your closet just for pants so this should be your least expensive pair. Consider buying a pair of lace up ankle boots in leather with a medium heel. This European look never goes out of style and wears great with suits, dresses, and pleated or baggy pants. Recommendation: Taupe leather lace up
- Then there is the rain/snow boot. Consider water-proof material that contains no fur and a buy a neutral color. If you purchase a pair with fur lining, you cannot wear them in the rain. A great example of trendy boots is the Ugg which are typically for comfort and not wintry wet weather. Buying lined boots will protect the feet and legs without becoming extremely warm underneath and will remain dry. If you are on a budget, spending $200 on a pair of fur boots for the name will leave you without the boots that are needed for the season. Recommendation: Timberland
Tips: Look for real leather, comfort, practical style, neutral colors, boots that can be worn many different ways. Try to avoid: fur, suede, high heels, trendy colors and faux leather.
When shopping-avoid shoe stores which are typically over-priced and contain a lot of faux leather and poorly designed shoes. Look for discounted name brands and insoled boots at designer retail stores such as Macy’s, Dillards, and Marshalls. Consider-you are making an investment.