Is any fashion footwear more versatile and practical than boots?
We think not.
From flat-heeled riding boots to over-the-knee stiletto styles, boots can answer the call for any fashion demand.
Today’s boots lend polish to jeans and can ground your more delicate apparel. On chilly autumn days and evenings, they make skirts and dresses more warm and wearable.
Every woman needs a pair — or three.
“We have a big selection in the store,” says Angela Pichon, a shoes sales manager at Dillard’s. “Pointy toes, skinny heels, anything army green and buckles are huge trends this season.”
Christian Rogers at Macy’s says tall riding boots and cowboy boots should be on your must-have list, and agreed “military is very hot right now.”
Of course, he added, booties and shooties — boots with the look of a shoe — are basic staples that every woman should have in her closet.
Says Bryan Cotton at Buckle: “From Southern Charm styles to edgy hardware-embellished combat boots, there is something for everyone.”
For practicality and style cred, here’s the best ways to boot up:
1. Feminine style — Let your hem fall just over the top of your high-heeled boot.
If your dress or skirt is fitted, allow a few inches of your leg to show between your hem and boot.
2. Go for the tuck — If you’ve got the legs for it, tuck those skinny jeans in your boots.
3. Western wear — Cowgirl boots can be less fitted. The straight cut and more generous shaft makes them easy to slip on and off, or to tuck in a favorite pair of jeans or leggings.
4. Toasty toes — High boots will keep you warm. A must-have for fall and winter, they allow you to wear your lighter-weight skirts and dresses when the temps drop.
5. Shortie style — For a modern look, try an ankle boot, booties or “shootie,” which has a high vamp but less coverage than a bootie.
Kicking it: Boot facts
Boots date from around 1000 B.C., when they were worn by nomads in eastern Asia.
In the 1700s, knee-high boots worn by Hessian soldiers fighting in the American Revolutionary War were the prototype for iconic heeled cowboy boots for cattlemen in the American west.
Inuit and Aleut natives of Alaska decorated their caribou and sealskin boots with dog hair, wolverine fur and seal intestines.
Singer Nancy Sinatra is considered largely responsible for a resurgence of women’s boots in the late 1960s with her hit, “These Boots Are Made For Walkin.’”
Perhaps the most glorious reincarnation for a discarded boot: the Mendoza, or Monkey Stick. A traditional English percussion instrument widely used in British folk music, it is struck on a wooden pub floor, emanating a sound described as a “combination of a bass drum and tambourine.”
Most famous Hollywood appearance: In the film and on the movie’s poster, Julia Roberts in her black PVC thigh-high boots in 1990’s “Pretty Woman.”