For many, fall ushers in a fashion-forward time of year. Sundresses and sandals are replaced with sweaters and boots, and jackets replace our bare, tanned arms of the summer months. If you enjoy changing your wardrobe each year when the leaves start to change their own appearance, you know that boots are the iconic symbol of pumpkin-spice-latte season.
When you are deciding where to spend your fall footwear budget this year, keep these must-have boot styles in mind.
Sleek, tall boots: The best thing about tall boots is that they look great on all body types. Plus, they have a slimming effect, even with a flat heel. You can pair tall boots with a fall dress or skirt, or throw on some leggings and a long cozy sweater. Tall boots instantly dress up any look, whether you are getting ready for a day at the office or a night out. This type of boot is popular year after year, so grabbing a high-quality pair or two will be a great investment, even as the rest of your wardrobe rotates out.
- Tall boots to try: Merrell Captiva. Made with full-grain leather, these boots feature an inside zipper that makes it easy to slip the boots on and off—and we like form as well as function. Unlike other fashion looks that sacrifice comfort, the Merrell Captiva has an air cushion in the heel that improves shock absorbency and a removable footbed for extra support and odor control.
Warm, fuzzy boots: Get ready for the winter elements with insulated boots that feature fur or faux-fur lining. There are a lot of brands out there that look good, but many are not as functional as they look. Make sure you find waterproof boots made with high-quality materials. These will actually keep your feet dry and warm during the worst weather of the year, and not just look cute. But keep fashion in mind, of course, by considering a lace-up look that allows for a little more dimension. There is really no reason to sacrifice fashion or function in order to wear your boots happily.
- Fuzzy boots to try: Ecco Trace. These comfortable boots feature leather and suede uppers and a warm wool lining. The boots feature Hydromax technology that is water-repellent while still providing the wearer breathability. There is a wool-covered insole and a rubber outsole, keeping your feet warm inside and the cold, damp weather sealed out.
Heeled ankle boots: You don’t have to go with a full boot to sport this stylish fall and winter trend. Consider a pair of cute heeled booties instead. These look great with pants, giving the effect of a full boot to others while allowing you to wear less shoe. You can also wear booties with all of the same looks that you can with regular boots and show off a little more leg in the process. Ankle boots match well with skinny jeans, leggings, skirts, dresses… essentially any outfit. Plus, they work well in the warmer seasons, too!
- Ankle boots to try: Clarks Natira Kit Gtx. Clarks are well-known for being comfortable but they can also be really stylish. This model combines both qualities and employs GORE-TEX shoe technology to protect the leather uppers. With an orthopedically-friendly footbed, these boots make it easy to add a 3.25-inch heel to any look but still stay comfortable.
Boots are as much a part of fall as cooler temperatures and falling leaves. When you start adding new items to your fall wardrobe, be sure to remember your feet and treat them by slipping into these boot styles.
What are some staples in your fall wardrobe?