Time to retire those sandals, flats and open-toe shoes, and move into the wonderful world of wearing boots made for much more than walking. Fall is marked as much by a shift in footwear as by the falling leaves, but it’s not as simple as bringing out last year’s styles and pairing them with this year’s trends. A bit of thought should go into which boots you should wear, and with what, this fall. Our editors have some pointers on the five do’s and don’ts for you boot-iful fashionistas to abide by.
1. Do black-on-black outfits with boots and clothing in different textures, as this gives all black looks dimension. (See Bottega Veneta above). Don’t over-do one texture, like a high-shine leather boot, jacket and glossy tights.
2. Do take advantage of the new wide calf boots that many designers are coming out with. Don’t fear above the knee styles anymore if you have muscular calves- someone’s finally listening!
3. Do invest when it comes to dressy boots that combine style and functionality, because Canadian winters are miserable enough already. Don’t buy synthetic suedes or no-support pairs just because they’re half the price. They’re less than half the quality, usually.
4. Do pick a style and colour that will go with lots of outfits, like over-the-knee leather riding boots in black, brown or cognac. These will take you from skinny jeans in daytime to cute minis and blouses for dressier looks. Don’t choose crazy textures, too much hardware, or wild colours.
5. Do choose ankle booties instead of high boots to wear with your favourite coloured jeans or leather pants. Don’t cut your body into blocked off segments by wearing coloured denim and high boots, or have too much party going on on bottom with prints or textures AND stand-out high boots.