Tips for Buying the Best Boots for You

The right pair of boots is your wardrobe staple for fall and winter — and the choices available flatter every body and work for every event. Know yourself and shop for your best investment boots based on how they fit, how they look and where you’ll wear them. Different styles can mark you as fashion-savvy, and shaft heights can make you look taller — or chop you off unattractively.

a knee high leather boot

A knee high leather boot works for any body type- the Johanna from Naturalizer comes in Medium and Wide widths AND wide calf options.

Boot Yourself Up
Your shape is a clue about the best boots for you. Calf-height boots work for short-to-tall women, but delicious curves in a small package might not be the best combo for mid-calf boots. That length could make you seem chopped off and draw attention to a wide calf. Full-bodied women blessed with height are willowy in most boots but need a try-on and eval to see if over-the-knee showstoppers trim too much height. If you are short and thin, an ankle boot with leggings, tights or skinny jeans, and a noticeable heel creates a longer line. Knee-highs are go-to boots for every body type; invest in higher heels for dress, and use your flat-heeled boots for casual wear.

Short Shorts Plus
The bootie rules for day, night, dress and casual wear. Collect a few pairs for a versatile wardrobe, and round out your stash with ankle boots — grungy or glittery. Shoe booties in satin-and-lace with peep toes, rhinestone trim and a zipped heel cup are wedding-ready; a sleek charcoal suede and elastic wedge is a day-to-night gauge of cool style with a wrapped heel. Straps, buckles and shirred leather add interest to ankle boots — match tights to boot trim to look pulled together, leggings to boot color for longer, leaner legs. A stacked heel and a midsole platform give you better balance, all-day comfort and a heightened presence without the stress of a too-high, skinny heel.

Boots Made for Walking
The low- to mid-heeled, knee-high boot might be classic, as in riding; clunky, as in combat; or crystal-covered and sequined, as in spectacular. However fancy or utilitarian, you can walk a mile — or more — in those shoes, so wear them out by constant pairing with your entire wardrobe. Lower heels are a relief for aching feet, and knee-high is lengthening and slimming. The all-occasion boots will flatter your flirty dresses, short skirts, conservative suits, daily blue jeans, leg-hugging leather pants, moto jackets and chill-weather coats. Lace-ups with back zips let you customize the fit. Black is the default, tobacco is elegant, and a pattern or color signals your free-spirited side.

Man Boots
A polished, well-made, short leather boot goes to the office, the conference and the dinner party in style. Treat fine boots like a good pair of dress shoes with regular polishing, conditioning and repair. Black is all-purpose, and gleaming black leather peeping out from under a suit works for most occasions. On the weekend, chukkas, work boots, combats, hikers and desert boots are casual, comfortable and au courant. Look for good ankle support if you are active on rough terrain, lace-up combats for urban adventures, a mix of oiled leather and camo, or another patterned fabric for work boots that transition to trendy R & R after a tough day.

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Fashion Bloggers Love: Arley Stretch Boot

the Arley Stretch Boot by Michael Michael Kors Recently, we asked several popular fashion bloggers to design wardrobes around the Michael Michael Kors Arley Stretch Boot for a fall community campaign called “How Would You Wear It?” and our second feature is from Fashion Blogger Kim Rowley of Shoeaholicsanonymous.com. Kim designed a fantastic fall outfit based around the Arley Stretch Boot.

The earthy colors of her collage complement each other well, and additionally, it affords a sleek look without compromising warmth in the cool weather.  Click here on Kim’s page to view her full blog!

We asked Kim to tell us a little bit about herself and her fashion blog; she humorously responded:

“Kim Rowley lives in the middle of nowhere with her 4 kids and works in her pajamas [her other website] as a full-time blogger / online marketer. She is the ‘self-proclaimed President of Shoeaholics Anonymous and huge Husker fan. You can read more of her shopping adventures at ShoppingKim.com.”

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Ugg Boots: Cozy, Classic Fashion

Symbols of relaxed, southern California culture, Uggs have become an icon of casual style, perfect for everyday wear. Ugg boots and slippers are designed to keep you warm and cozy in cooler wear, without sacrificing your own personal casual style. We at shoes.com have picked out a few favorites, Ugg-sentials if you will, for keeping your feet comfy and your style on the move.

Ugg classic boots

Ugg classic boots.

The look you may be most familiar with from Ugg Australia is the classic short boot. The Ugg classic short boot is a versatile, practical option, great for running errands, a day at the mall, or running to class. They look great with skinny jeans or leggings and you’ll always be comfortable while looking good. They’re called classics for a reason.

The classic Ugg look also comes in a tall boot. The Ugg classic tall boot is even better for colder weather, and staying comfortable while looking good on the go in the winter months as you battle snow and slushy sidewalks.

A variation on the classic Ugg style comes with the popular Bailey boot. Bailey sheepskin boots take the classic style further, embellishing the original Ugg look with details like ribbon bows and logo buttons. They look cozy indoors and out.

Ugg Bailey boots.

Ugg Bailey boots.

Beyond the classic casual looks you know and love, Ugg has evolved into a high-end luxury footwear maker with styles that are both fashionable and luxuriously comfortable, incorporating only the finest materials, including the world’s premier sheepskin. Below we’ll feature some of our favorite fashionable Ugg boot styles.

If you’re looking for Ugg craft in full grain leather, check out the Charlotte bootie. Featuring woven whipstitch details and on-trend back zip closure, this bootie is perfect for fall nights on the town, wearing to work, and a whole lot more. You can stand tall in the Charlotte bootie with a 3 inch stacked, leather wrapped heel.

Ugg Charlotte Bootie.

Ugg Charlotte Bootie.

Wintery fashion and waterproof comfort is all yours with the Thomsen waterproof riding boot from Ugg. It features the details you’re looking for from a riding boot, like partial inside zip closure and a buckled strap overlay, along with the Ugg warmth that you get from a genuine shearling lining. The elements can’t stop you from looking good.

Ugg Thomsen Waterproof Riding Boot.

Ugg Thomsen Waterproof Riding Boot.

When you’re shopping Ugg, remember also that Ugg tends to run large, so you should order one size down from your normal size. If you’re a half size, order only one half size down. Happy shopping!

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What to Wear: 5 Types of Holiday Parties

Smart holiday party-goers dress for success at the office bash and for uninhibited drama at all big events sans boss. Mix it up with every length of dress, skinny and flowing pants, bauble-bright colors and basic, basic black. Get the accessories right and you can travel from cubicle to cash bar with panache and enviable style. Keep your main crush in mind when coordinating the star quality of every joint holiday appearance.

what to wear for an office holiday partyWhat to Wear to an Office Bash
Forget the magic wand and the total transformation for the celebration after hours or in the decorated conference room in the late afternoon. Wear your party clothes to work and swap a few pieces around to get from buttoned-down to tinsel-trimmed at party time. A vivid color in a simple style works for the reception desk, the corner office or the holiday do. Start with a hot pink, short-sleeve shift in crepe or raw silk, low-keyed for day with a black wool jacket and crisply tied scarf. Add a slightly high 3 3/4-inch black leather, round-toe pump with a curved scoop vamp for a pretty silhouette — business-chic and party-perfect. Slip the jacket off, add a pair of sparkly earrings and a gem-encrusted cuff, and you’re good for the Champagne toast.

What to Wear when the Invitation Says Festive Attire
You could hire an interpreter to figure out what the invitation means — or couple your best guess with your fail-proof style sense and redefine “festive attire” as you make an entrance. Over-the-knee boots turn a super-short, body-hugging knit dress into a sensation. Low heels in shiny, soft black leather that stops at the thigh are fabulous with a neutral knit in ivory or charcoal — a pair of red tree-ornament dangling earrings is a whimsical seasonal touch. His threads provide a great foil to your casual sophistication when he rocks a pair of sleek, well-polished leather chukkas with slightly faded jeans, a barn-red or forest-green T-shirt and a leather bomber. Bring on the eggnog and the candy canes.

What to Wear when the Invitation Says Creative Black Tie
You know it’s formal but the “creative” part is either a challenge or an opportunity. Go for it with a minimal costume that delivers maximum impact. A little slip of a sequined dress — palest blush or electric blue — or an asymmetrical hem on a black-lace-and-sheer mini are flirty, fun and formal enough when you get the shoes right. You want barely there shoes and big altitude to emphasize a long leg. Benjamin Walk’s silver T-strap sandals with 1 1/2-inch platforms and 4 1/2-inch heels give you plenty of height minus the killer angles of true stilettos. The rhinestone-embellished vamps, ankle straps, platforms and heels ensure your footwork will be dazzling.

Bling in the New Year
Try a tea-length taffeta dress to stand out at the New Year’s Eve gala. A black sequined scoop-neck top over a gleaming teal-and-black horizontal striped taffeta skirt that stops mid-calf will attract some attention. Rock a vintage jet and crystal necklace with it and a simple pair of diamond earrings — “simple” can mean any size you like. Round-toed 3 1/2-inch black lace pumps are elegant and comfortable enough so you can dance all night. Steer Prince Charming toward a shiny pair of Calvin Klein black patent oxfords with a tapered toe to wear with his tux — wickedly James Bondish next to your lacy kicks on the dance floor.

Homey Open Housewhat to wear for a casual holiday gathering
Your annual holiday come-as-you-are isn’t really uber-casual — a nod to the festive is never out of place. Relaxed charcoal or fawn wool slacks and a cream wool sweater let you serve homemade goodies or sit on the floor by the fire, sharing a wassail cup. A side-zip flat ankle boot is as comfortable as a slipper and puts a bit of polish on your informal party wear. Experiment with leather the shade of aged whiskey to warm and soften the neutral palette. Post-party, you’ll gets lots of wear from those low boots paired with black jeans and sweater, and a cozy, fleece-lined, distressed brown leather bomber jacket.

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Current Obsession: Arley Stretch Boot

Recently, we asked several popular fashion bloggers to design wardrobes around the Michael Michael Kors Arley Stretch Boot for a fall community campaign called “How Would You Wear It?” and we are proud to feature Sophie Wood’s stylish collage from Hipgirlie.com. Click here on Sophie’s title, “Current Obsession,” to view her full blog featuring the Arley Stretch Boot!

Arley Stretch Boot

 

Sophie’s collage includes not one, but three complete, unique outfits around the Arley Stretch Boot that demonstrates the versatility of the knee-high, chestnut footwear.  Her website “is a fashion blog run by Sophie Wood who has an immense passion for fashion from celebrities to street styles, from designer brands to budget finds. She is always on the lookout for the latest trends, runway looks, and then creating outfits for less to inspire others.”

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