It seems like just yesterday we were musing over bright bikinis, printed sundresses, and strappy sandals, but, dear readers, summer is over and fall has well and truly arrived. As a result, we only have one thing on our mind: boots! Now, like most girls, we know you probably have an assortment of options in your closet—from thigh-high boots to platform-heel ankle boots. Then again, like most girls, there’s always room for another pair! Accordingly, we’d like to welcome you to a very special edition of Chic Shoe Buys: our Fall 2010 Boot Guide! Whether you’re heading to a rooftop party, or spending the day shopping with the girls, we’re sure we have the perfect pair of boots for you! Read on!
1. Britany2 Over Knee Boots ($210) from Topshop
Why not jump headfirst into fall fashion with a pair of leather thigh-high boots that will give your closet an immeasurable boost? While we’re sure they would look amazing with just about anything, we particularly like the idea of pairing them with skinny jeans, an oversized faux fur coat, and rocker chic hair (à la Kate Moss.)
2. Avenue Wool High Lace Up Hiker Boot ($109.53) by ASOS
Hiking through the forest never looked so stylish! Although we jest—we don’t hike!—these blue wool booties will inject your closet with an air of country chic, minus the mud and leaves. Pair them with a floral dress and opaque tights, throw on a fur-trimmed anorak, and you will be ready to go.
3. Clover Platform Boots ($160) by Steve Madden
These black booties are anything but basic, thanks to a killer platform heel and long laces. In fact, we’re just positive you’ll be wearing them all season long—with little black party dresses, with skinny jeans, with pleated leather skirts, or with dressy shorts. They’re part downtown cool, part rock & roll, and part modern gypset.
4. Amore Shearling Ankle Boots ($190) from Topshop
Burberry’s fall collection earned plenty of buzz, thanks in part to its surplus of luxe shearling. If you can’t afford the real thing, may we direct you to these smart shearling boots from Topshop. Worn with a draped olive green dress and an oversized shearling jacket, they’re only a mindset and a wad of cash away from the real thing.
5. Blake Lace-Up Low Boots ($109) by Lucky Brand
These olive green boots toe the line between spring’s military trend and fall’s 90s grunge homage. We love the thought of pairing them with black jeans and an oversized biker jacket, or layering them underneath a floral maxi skirt and a slouchy sweater. Both looks will evoke the cool aesthetic of a downtown girl.
6. Lecaros Boots ($130) from Aldo
Once the snow starts, you won’t be able to look past these military-inspired ankle boots. The luxe leather and buckle detail add a tough element to your look, while the thick wool lining and rubber sole furnish your ensemble with a practical component. Layer these over jeans and add an oversized wool cape for a cozy and chic outfit.
7. Pull-On Booties ($118) by Two Lips
These boots instantly call to mind the model off-duty aesthetic of Erin Wasson—they’re beaten-up in a good way, perfect for pairing with tiny denim shorts and studded bandage dresses, and will see you through a slew of wild parties. Another plus? For the girl who needs options, they come in three neutral colors—brown, grey and black.
8. Gilda Boots ($595) by Jean-Michel Cazabat
For a heavy dose of rock & roll, look no further than these amazing caged-in booties. Not only are these heels perfect for sitting front row at fashion week, they’ll also look amazing on a first date, at your holiday party, and on a girl’s night out. In other words, is there anywhere you wouldn’t wear them?
9. Copito Boots ($139) by Jessica Simpson Collection
We can’t get enough of lace-up platform-heel booties. So, what better way to incorporate the look into your caloset via a suede boot in one of the season’s best colors—forest green? Wear these with skinny jeans and a chunky sweater for a cool-yet-casual ensemble, and pair them with a black bandage dress for a hot night out.
10. Thigh-High Stretch Suede Boots ($595) by Belle by Sigerson Morrison
Although we don’t deny the power of a killer heel, a flat-heeled pair of thigh-high boots is just as necessary—think Sienna Miller and Kate Moss circa 2005. Go simple by pairing them with a smart boyfriend blazer and blue jeans, or add flair by coupling them with a floaty white smock dress and a floppy felt hat.
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