Fashion: Boot up your style for fall

Is there anything good about summer’s end? Well, other than the kids going back to school and finally having some peace and quiet. Well, with cooler weather on tap, it’s time to go boot shopping.

“This fall offers a variety of boot styles, from ankle height to knee-high, and from flat to a six-inch heel,” stated Lisa DeVries, marketing manager with Westfield malls. “The season, expect to see a lot of distressed leather and various types of hardware on the lower heeled, casual boots. Paired with a cozy sweater or chic tailored blazer and jeans, they cap off a look with ease, and you’ll get plenty of wear out of them.”

The tall riding boot so popular last year is still big. These boots will be your go-to footwear this season. They’ll work with skinny jeans, leggings, skirts (short and long) and dresses in varied lengths. Just leave your most comfortable pair at the back door because you’ll be wearing them every single day and well into spring.

DeVries noted that, “Another popular style is the Western-inspired shape featuring dressed up details, from embellishments to the texture itself.” A plus, she said is that this style “tends to be comfortable and easier to walk in once the snow falls,” and is appropriate for the more traditional office environment, as well as an evening on the town.

But just about every boot is hot this fall. The list can go on forever, but some to consider are: laced up boots (in the front or in the back), patterned boots, ankle boots and ankle strap boots, combat boots, peep toe boots, fur boots and over-the-knee boots — which on me would be very thigh high boots!

While we always need boots during Chicago winters, this is the season to invest in a great pair. It’s the must-have accessory right now.

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