These Boots are Made for Walking

And that’s just what they’ll do. One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you. *courtesy of the incomparable Nancy Sinatra

But what I’m looking for is boots that will walk all over town.  Because while I’d really like to wear something like this:

or this:

what I’m really wearing are these (just purchased using my 20% off coupon.)

Because this Stylish Marketer is all about practicality AND style. And I don’t like cold feet.

So what does any well stocked boot wardrobe look like? Depending on your clothes of course, but at least one short pair and one tall pair.  As casual or as dressy as your wardrobe and lifestyle dictate.

And that’s where I usually run into trouble - trying to find the perfect pair (because I can really only afford one pair per year) that does everything I need it to do. These boots need to work with skirts and dresses, and with jeans and pants. They need to be dressy enough for client meetings, but still work for the weekend. And, I need to be able to walk in them. Like to school and back. To the Metro and back. You get the idea. I’ve more or less given up on the idea of waterproof too, only because they seem to fall into the same category as unicorns, impossible to find and outlandishly expensive if you do. But if you live somewhere that is slushy and mucky through the winter, check these out:

I reckon those will work with just about anything. I had a pair like this that finally wore out last year. They added a little European flair to my winter wardrobe AND they handled anything the weather threw at me.

Now I know what you’re probably thinking right now, “What is she on about? I can just wear flat riding boots.”  Yes, if your boot wardrobe stretches to three pairs, sure. Or, if you are like my two sisters-in-law or my mother-in-law and you actually ride horses, definitely. Although the beautiful riding boots that are to be found everywhere are not actually for use in the paddock. Those get kind of muddy. But in my opinion, they don’t work with most dresses and skirts.

Here’s a pair that makes my short list: in fact, I think I like these better than what I actually bought. Cue buyer’s remorse!

As for short boots, have some fun! These are less expensive so you can agonize less over them. Here’s what I’m wearing, a lot. You have to search around a little for fun details like blue suede and cut outs, but go ahead, be adventurous.

My blue boots

And by popular request, the next Substance & Style fashion post will be all shooties and booties. Stay tuned!