Every winter when the weather starts to change, I find myself looking around my closet muttering, “Where are my winter shoes?” In all honesty, it’s not like the shoe options change that drastically from season to season, aside from heel thickness or adding a fringe to an ankle boot. But it still seems like there are unlimited boot options, and not exactly an unlimited budget to purchase them. So to manage the chaos and narrow down your decisions, here are 4 boots you need to own this winter.
The Ankle Boot
Ankle boots are a girl’s best friend, and can be worn with everything. They can be thrown on with skinny jeans, a simple flowy dress, or with a long sweater and tights. Before purchasing, it’s always best to assess your closet as well to figure out which colors and hues you are drawn to. While most people lean towards the safe black boot, nude is also a great color that can be worn with everything from black, brown, white, and everything in between. Another important factor in ankle boot selection is the heel height. A slight heel is great for dressing up your outfit without being too uncomfortable to run around in all day. Another great addition is a fringe or silver detail like these boots at Zara.
The Over-the-Knee Boot
What I love about the over-the-knee boots is how they extend the wardrobe. My favorite thing to pair them with is a mid-thigh skirt or dress with semi-sheer tights. This way, the mini skirt you love to rock in the spring and summer can be rocked all year long. You can wear a shorter and flirtier hem, while still being “professional,” as there is only a slight part of your leg visible. Thus we can be warm and fashionable at the same time, as this is always the goal. Another way to wear this boot style is over tight skinny jeans; throw on a fancy blouse or go casual with an over-sized sweater.
The Heeled Boot
This style is ideal for a night on the town, but can also be incorporated into your professional wardrobe as well. A silhouette that is becoming more and more popular is the mid-calf heeled boot. While most flattering on a longer figure, worn with a shorter skirt, shorter people can try this, too. This is another boot type that you can wear with a pencil skirt and even jeans, too. Throw on a pair of black skinny jeans, a heeled ankle boot, and a long colorful coat, and you have your casual night on the town outfit during the colder months.
The Functional Boot
This boot is often missed, but you cannot solely focus on fashion, while avoiding the function of boots in the winter time. Combat or lace-up boots are great to pair with a boot-cut or skinny jeans, and they are great to wear in the less than ideal weather conditions; then, you can dress them up by adding a fun top. Another option is a shorter, ankle-cut rain boot. Don’t forget that while the shoes are important, you don’t need to own dozens if your budget doesn’t allow. There are always ways to mix them up, so a few boot styles will go a long way!
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