How to Style Over-the-Knee Boots

This is your season for intrepid — you’re ready to go bold and beautiful with a spectacular pair of sky-high, over-the-knee boots. Nail the look with a little forethought and the right wardrobe to show a bit of leg — and a lot of style — with boots that keep you warm while you’re fashion-forward hot.

Shaft, Shape and Circumference
Uber-high boots are big drama, and your over-the-knee scene stealers deserve center stage. Let the style shine with the perfect fit and the right setting. Check shaft height to determine how tall those boots are — there’s over-the-knee, and then there’s cover-the-thigh. A knee-top skimmer is more versatile than a thigh-high, but there’s a time and place for both. Tall, slender women can rock both looks with ease — thigh-highs just become an extension of your slim legs. A few more curves or a few less inches might mean knee-highs or just-over-the-knee styles give you a better long, lean silhouette. Circumference lets you know the calf room — measure your calf at the widest part to see if those pull-ons will slip or tug on.
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Sleek and Sophisticated
Wear soft gray suede over-the-knees with a delicate gray print dress to a party or afternoon tea. Add a tailored jacket for office-ready good looks. Low heels, rounded toes and smooth black leather are city slick with a matching coat and dress or seriously skinny black jeans, a black knit sweater and a red hip-length coat. Chocolate OTK boots with high heels and platforms are a standout style paired with a faux-fur, thigh-grazing coat. The platforms are a comfort bonus — you get the height but not the killer heel angle that forces you to walk on the balls of your feet. Platforms lift you right up there, like stilettos do, with a slightly lower heel.

Picture this: ruched leather insteps and shaft; slightly rounded, upturned toes; a buckled strap just below the knee and a flared, fold-down cuff above the knee; black or cognac leather. You could be a pirate — or a style setter, with knit leggings and a big cable sweater to top those ready-for-your-screen-shot, over-the-knee boots. Go ahead, be dashing — tuck skinny, stretchy jeans into those easy boots. Add a battered leather shoulder bag and gold hoop earrings, but skip the eye-patch — you’re more subtle than that. Wrap your legs in smooth black leather under cuffed shorts or a mini-skirt and a moto jacket for the city version of swashbuckling. Franco Sarto makes a low-heeled, leather-and-stretch-fabric boot with a thigh shield and an easy-on inside zipper. Perfect your stride because these OTK boots are paparazzi magnets. You’ve been warned.

Sneaking Up and Steampunk
Over-the-knee boots will be most at home in your trendy, fashionable office or your casual workplace. They’ll always add a dash of theater to your weekend. And they’ll def draw a crowd when you fuse the always classic sneaker with the highest of high-top interpretations. Over-the-knee sneaker boots are as attention grabbing as they are comfortable. The style comes off as dressier than a sneaker, so wear them to work, to the weekend green market or to lunch. Try a distressed, vintage finish on your OTK leather boots for a steampunk edge. Kick around in them with an oversize knit sweater long enough to be a mini-dress and sturdy tights in a rough weave or laddered to look as distressed as the boots.

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How to wear riding boots

Want to know how to wear riding boots? You can dress them up or down, and we will show you how to style them all season long.

Fall is all about the boot. Riding boots continue to be a top trend for the season and one of our favorite things about them is their versatility.  With their sleek silhouettes and classic styling, these iconic looks add a timeless touch to your fall wardrobe. Easy to wear and always on trend, riding boots deliver on both fashion and function. They are so stylish and not to mention comfortable – what’s not to love?

wk36-boot-guide-V2One of our favorite riding boots is the Sam Edelman Patton riding boot featured below. They are sure to keep you on trend this season. This equestrian-inspired style is much-loved for its timeless yet contemporary style.

Season after season, Sam Edelman shoes and boots offer imaginative, trendy, must-have styles that are seen everywhere from the hottest fashion magazines to celebrities’ closets. Whatever the occasion, Sam Edelman footwear makes the runway a reality.

How to wear riding boots:

We love the on-trend buckle and strap detail. Dress these versatile riding boots up with your favorite skirt or dress as shown below, or keep your look casual yet polished and tuck them into skinny or straight leg jeans.

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Fall trend: booties

One of fall’s hottest trends is the bootie. Casual styles like leg-lengthening wedge booties are a go-to style for fall and simply a must-have look for the season. Combining their signature sleek silhouettes with contemporary details, booties add a chic and trendy touch to any fall ensemble.

This season’s booties come in an array of bold styles and colors – something for everyone. Pair them with flowy dresses and skirts now and bold tights and your favorite denim this fall for a look that’s always chic.

Check out a few of our favorite handpicked styles that will take your fall look up a notch.


Steve Madden Zipstr booties

The Steve Madden Zipstr booties are on trend for fall and give a tough chic touch to your looks. With a broken-in feel, these versatile booties give off a vintage vibe and are just begging to be paired with skinny jeans and tights. Also available in black leather.

Another must-have style we love is the MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Salem bootie  is the perfect compliment to your autumn wardrobe. These sleek boots boast a cool buckle and leather overlay detail for a look that is unique and chic. Also available in black.

Booties are one of the absolute hottest trends and the best part is they go with everything! Pair them with with dresses, skirts, leggings or skinny jeans for a fashion-forward, edgy look.



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Remember to Try Skechers with Memory Foam

When you think of memory foam, the first thing that comes to mind is probably mattresses, as many beds nowadays feature memory foam and that was the application for which the material, a polyurethane sensitive to pressure and temperature, was originally developed. In mattresses, memory foam uses that pressure and temperature response to mold to the shape of an individual’s body and provide a soft, comforting place to rest.

Memory foam in shoes does the same thing for your feet. The pressure and temperature of your foot pressing down on the insole of your shoe causes the insole to mold to the shape of your foot, creating a soft and comfortable place for your foot to rest. It really makes sense to refer to the insole of your shoe as a “footbed” when it features memory foam; your foot will be comfortable whether standing, walking, or even running or at rest.

Skechers is one of the major brands focusing on memory foam in shoes. We at have picked out a few Skechers favorites featuring Memory Foam, so you can take it easy, walk, or run in comfort and style.

If you’re active but not looking for a shoe that’s specifically athletic, we recommend the cozy and comfortable Skechers EZ Flex – Take it Easy shoe. It’s a casual slip-on sneaker with stitching and overlay accents for a nice look, and you can slide right into it—it’s perfect for weekends on the go. The memory foam insole is there and combined with the thick outsole you’ll get the support and comfort you’re looking for from a casual sneaker.

Skechers EZ Flex - Take it Easy shoe.

Skechers EZ Flex – Take it Easy shoe.

If you’re looking to take the activity level up a notch or two, we recommend the Skech-Air Running Shoe. The memory foam insole brings you a lot of comfort and response as you hit the road, and the leather and mesh fabric upper gives you a cute and visible look when you’re on the go.

Skechers Skech-Air Running Shoe.

Skechers Skech-Air Running Shoe.

If walking is more your speed, check out the blissful lightweight comfort of the Game Maker Slip-On Walking Shoe. It’s got a bungee lace up front to tighten to your preferred level after you’ve slipped it on, and once again the memory foam insole will keep your foot walking on air as you hit the sidewalks and the trails.

Skechers Game Maker Slip-On Walking Shoe.

Skechers Game Maker Slip-On Walking Shoe.

You have to try memory foam insoles from Skechers to believe the difference they make, but once you’ve tried them, you’ll always remember.

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Ankle Straps: This Season’s Hottest Trend

Ankle straps are this season’s hottest trend. They can be spotted from the runway to your local grocery store. Ankle straps are everywhere you look!

We particularly love the dv by dolce vita Odetta Pump featuring a thick ankle strap. Pair these with a pleated skirt, fun printed top and a high bun for a chic on-trend style. Add a pop of color with a handbag and lipstick to give it some extra interest and contrast.anklestraps

A thicker ankle strap can add shape to petite ankles, while multiple thin straps accentuate thicker calves. A single thin ankle strap is great for all shapes and sizes. Choose from a variety of ankle straps on pumps, wedges, flats and sandals at

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dv by dolce vita Odetta Pump

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Madden Girl Rahleigh Wedge

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Michael Michael Kors Brinkley Ankle Strap Pump

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