It’s Boot Season!

It’s Boot Season!

I’ve just returned from a few days in New York. I was looking forward to seeing some very off-the-charts fashion and stylesimg_7896 on the women of New York City. But they must have been hanging out someplace other than where I was.

What I did find were boots, boots, and boots! (It could be that I was influenced by seeing the musical Kinky Boots!)

It’s boot season!

I know I’m not alone in my love affair with boots. All anyone has to do is look around at this time of year, and it’s obvious that boots have become a fall and winter staple. It has always fascinated me that, in spite of the number of women sporting boots every place I go, I’ve rarely seen a style duplicated – pretty impressive, don’t you think?

What I was somewhat surprised to observe was that the majority of women in New York City (not just New Yorkers but women from other places in the US as well as other countries) were wearing ankle boots. Very few were wearing tall boots. I suppose the mild weather may have had something to do with that, but it seems that the ankle boot/bootie style has become the boot style of choice for many women.

I love the ankle boot style. It’s a versatile look that works in mild weather as well as wintery weather, and with a variety of fashion looks.

My criteria for boots:born-jem-short-ankle-boots

  1. Great style
  2. Super comfortable
  3. Fits the budget
  4. Super comfortable
  5. Practical (will I really wear it?)
  6. Super comfortable

I used to look the other way when a shoe was classified as “comfort.” I equated that with “no style” and geared for someone way older than me. Okay, admittedly I am a tad older now, but, truly, “comfort” boots have LOTS of great styles, and they are SO comfortable. I’m a convert finally – no more shoes that hurt.

Some brands of comfort boots that I’ve purchased or tried are: Børn, Eric Michael, Josef Seibel, Clarks, Gabor, Corso Como, Rockport (my favorite pair of Chelsea style boots – I’ve had them for probably 10 years!), ECCO, and Toms. You can find many of these brands at Nordstrom, Sole Desire (a retail shoe store in some areas), and on Zappos. Another brand that I’ve had good luck with is Sam Edelman. This is probably considered more a fashion style (and there are some fun styles) than a comfort brand, but it’s pretty comfortable as well.

josef-seibel-sienna-05If you’re not sure about how to style your boots, Google it! It’s easy to find lots of examples of how to wear boots with jeans of all styles, pants, skirts (short and long), and dresses. I like wearing ankle boots with skinny jeans/pants. I haven’t experimented with the ankle boots and dress look – and I’m pretty sure I won’t. I don’t think it’s a good look on my figure. But I’ve seen lots of women who can really pull off this look. I’ve enjoyed peeking in on this blogger: Jo Lynne Shane. In this linked article she and three other bloggers share their ankle boot style. She also posts outfits pretty much every day that provide inspiration and new fashion ideas (she targets women over 40).

So I guess it’s time to leave summer behind and jump into BOOT SEASON! I know I’ll miss summer, but boot season will help me get through the colder weather!

PS  During my cruising in the Broadway/Times Square/Central Park area of NYC, I made a few fashion discoveries – but don’t think I’ll be trying them!

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