Fall will soon be here, so prepare to put away the sandals and flip-flops until next year, or at least when you escape for that mid-winter vacation. This season of pumpkin spice lattes, changing leaves and blustery days is the perfect time for boots. There are so many styles to choose from that you might not know where to begin, but this helpful guide will steer you in the right direction.
Ankle boots are a fall staple, as they go with almost anything. Wear them with faux leather leggings, an oversized sweater and a scarf wrapped around your neck. They're adorable with boot cut jeans and almost any kind of shirt, whether it's a flannel tunic, button-up or cardigan and tee combo. Try them with a pretty dress and a pair of tights when you're going for dinner with friends; look for a pair with a solid heel if you want to boost your height without sacrificing comfort.
Reach for low-cut booties when you want something feminine, but sturdy. They provide a little more support and coverage than a pair of ballet flats, but they have a delicate shape that's just as charming. Wear them with a cozy sweater dress or a denim skirt and a knit top. You can even rock them with cropped skinnies, but add some ankle-high nylon stockings, as socks won't look right.
With their bohemian charm, slouch boots add a romantic touch to any outfit. But always aim to keep your look simple when wearing them – these boots command attention and you don't want your outfit to look too busy. Wear them with a simple, single-color dress, or a fitted skirt and a cowlneck top. This type of boot is also nice with skinny jeans, but make sure they're ultra-fitted, or you'll have too much bunching going on.
Enjoy the best of both worlds on those days when you can't decide between a pair of laidback kicks and your favorite boots. Sneaker boots are extra comfy and provide plenty of support without feeling stiff or tight. They're a natural match for denim and sweaters and they tease the eye by way of being unexpected and original.
There's no denying it – duck boots are having a moment! Cute and comfy, they'll keep your feet dry on wet days and prove that fashion can be practical. Start with some distressed skinny stretch jeans and pull your favorite chunky wool socks over them before putting on your boots. Complete the look with a flannel shirt (plaid is best) and a cozy cardigan for an adorable weekend look you'll love.
The line separating fall and winter can be a thin one in some parts of the country, so don't hesitate to put on heavy-duty boots if the weather is freezing and snowy. And don't worry about them being ugly, either! Some sleek tall boots with faux fur trim look elegant with a fluttering knee-length skirt, nylons and a black peacoat. On the weekend, wear them with your favorite jeggings. Even snow boots are lovely with skinnies and a fitted parka that flatters your curves.
Thankfully, rain boots have been rescued from the dark corners of fashion and redesigned with stylish touches. A shiny pair that reaches to your knees is lovely with dark tights and a denim skirt. Wear them over jeans or leggings whenever the weather is wet, and add your favorite coat and a big umbrella. Some in a bright color or metallic hue are gorgeous with a plain black dress and a pair modelled after Chelsea boots always look cool.
Need a little more coverage against those biting fall winds? Knee high boots are a timeless classic that you can wear season after season and they go with almost anything. Leggings and skinny jeans are made for wearing with them, and they're stunning with short and long dresses alike, as well as skirts of all kinds. Try them with a form-fitting knit dress and a long coat, worn open. Then grab an oversize tote and wear it draped over your elbow.
One of the best parts of fall is being outside, but you'll need the right footwear to enjoy those weekend treks and walks through the park. Hiking boots keep your feet toasty and have the traction needed to climb over rocks and along dirt paths without slipping. Wear them with rugged jeans and a puffer vest or winter coat and you'll be ready for adventure.
If you live somewhere with warm fall weather, but still want to wear some awesome boots, try an open-toe pair. They'll let your feet breathe, but they still have that special charm. You can wear them with cuffed boyfriend jeans and a silky blouse or an ankle-grazing dress. But if you want to add some pantyhose, make sure they're open-toe, too.