Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall Boots Are Made For Stalking

The fall season is not for me but the boots sure are. I think there's something especially bad ass about rocking boots, regardless of their style. Maybe it's all that full frontal leather? Seriously though, the right boots anchor your look and can even set the tone. Here are the season's hottest boot silhouettes and how you should sport them for maximum impact. 

The Slouch: Victoria's Secret, $148 (USD)

Slouchy boots are the best friend of any super slim pant (read: leggings, jeggings, painted on skinnies) but I also love them with form fitting sweater dresses or skirts with higher hems. A pop of colour is extra fun so dare not to play it safe. 

The Ankle Lace-up: Aldo Shoes, $110
Pull these out for casual looks that need a little mixing up. Relaxed maxi skirts, military inspired or boyfriend styles will suit. Don't be shy to let your slouchy socks show. I'm partial to the camel colour myself but a slate grey or olive would  be equally fetching. 

The Ankle Wedge: Camilla Skovgaard, $621.85 at Intermix
Camilla Skovgaard Zig Zag Sole Wedge Booties
Don't be extreme with this one or you'll risk looking a little too Gaga futuristic. Wedges look great when worn with matching tights or leggings and paired with an interesting dress, tunic or thigh grazing sweater. p.s. if you love these but hate the price check Nine West for a knock off.
The Rider: Zara, $179
Flat riding boots are the quintessential fashion meets function boot. They're great for wearing all day with slim pants tucked in but still look super chic with a shorter skirt and tights. Spend a little more to get the most comfortable pair and you'll live in them for the next six months.
The Ankle Shoetie: TopShop, $136 (USD)
The shoetie shows best with a cropped pant or  a cocktail dress. They're a great winterized version of the pump so go for the thinnest, highest heel you can stand and consider a platform version if you're brave. Just be prepared to walk slowly when the snow comes for best results. 

 The Knee High: H&M, $69.95
These are an absolute staple and really should have a respectable heel so they don't look dowdy. Knee highs are the best bet to wear to work with your longer skirts and dresses when the weather changes. Don't you dare feel guilty about owning more than one pair! They're the "basics" of your footwear wardrobe so you have permission to own at least one brown and one black pair.

I hope I've inspired you to mix up your fall footwear by adding one (or more) of these styles to closet. I'm sure your credit card company will thank me later!   

-- Tamika Auwai is a fashion junkie, splurge-a-holic and founder of Shop Socials.

Image credits: Victoria's Secret, Aldo Shoes, Intermix, Zara, TopShop and H&M

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