THE Boots for Fall 2017

Ah! It's Boot Season At Last

When the weather turns cooler I am always glad to bring my boots back out of storage. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the carefree nature of sandals during the hot and humid days, but there’s a drama to a boot that you just don’t get from summer footwear. Plus, they’re made for walking, right?

This fall the boots are something else! Designers weren’t content with taking over-the-knee boots to the extreme, oh no, we’ve also got architectural heels, glitter and extreme embellishment to inspire us. Not to mention white boots, and all manner of satin, silk and velvet.

Which are all lovely and fun to drool over, but since most of us are probably not wearing glittery disco boots to the office, nor schlepping through the slush in our silk and satin boots, we should probably be focusing on the looks that work for our day to day lives.

Now, for weekend wear you could certainly incorporate glitter, embroidery, and even the red that’s everywhere this fall. Definitely the slouch factor, and why not urban cowboy or combat-inspired if you like to toughen up your style?

 

Even I’m more willing to branch out on boots because I can walk much further in ‘fashion’ boots than I can in ‘fashion’ sandals. These black booties from Ann Taylor caught my eye even before I knew architectural heels were the thing this fall.

 

And how could I not covet these fabulous ruffled beauties (below)? Although admittedly they are a bit of a budget stretcher at $488.

Over The Knee for You and Me?

I don't know about you, but I am yet to embrace the over-the-knee boot trend. It's been around for a while, and given how much I am always talking about being cold, perhaps makes a great deal of sense for me. But . . . I think I'm being held back by my belief that they work much better with the more casual jeans and sweater look that I rarely wear. Oh, and that I'm just too old. And on the runways they were seen primarily with skirts and dresses. Maybe it's time?

Top left: Kelsi Dagger 'Colby' at Nordstrom, bottom left: colorblock (what fun!) at Anthropologie. Right: green suede at Anthropologie.

Top left: Kelsi Dagger 'Colby' at Nordstrom, bottom left: colorblock (what fun!) at Anthropologie. Right: green suede at Anthropologie.

Everyone Needs Ankle Boots

But let's get real here. Most of us are not wearing $500 ruffled burgundy ankle boots this fall, even though that's THE color. But there are enough absolutely fabulous ankle boots out there that there is no excuse for basic black. Please! Find a detail, any detail that makes YOUR ankle boots interesting.

Clockwise from top left: yellow suede at Anthropologie, architectural snakeskin at Lulus, suede studs at Lulus, crushed velvet yumminess at Anthropologie, and vintage-y pom poms at Anthropologie.

Clockwise from top left: yellow suede at Anthropologie, architectural snakeskin at Lulus, suede studs at Lulus, crushed velvet yumminess at Anthropologie, and vintage-y pom poms at Anthropologie.

Those Boots Made for Walking? Follow Me!

And over in the let's be serious about being able to walk to public transit, the office, and back again, possibly through some winter-like weather, and still be stylishly put together camp:

Left: Blondo waterproof boots. Top right: burgundy suede from Born (comfortable!), bottom right: Maisie by Michael Kors. All at Nordstrom.

Left: Blondo waterproof boots. Top right: burgundy suede from Born (comfortable!), bottom right: Maisie by Michael Kors. All at Nordstrom.

OK, so maybe not the red suede ones, but the wedge boots on the bottom left are not just stylish, but fully WATERPROOF. Hello? Why are we all not rushing to order these? (Full disclosure - I had a pair just like this that finally wore out. Compliments all the time and they really were able to manage everything the DC winter threw at me. Well, except Snowmageddon. I have special Sorels for those weather 'events'.)

To Slouch, or Not to Slouch?

And to hit one of Fall 2017's trends shown on the catwalks, these slouchy boots have got it. Surprisingly, not necessarily weekend wear only. I think these gray ones on the left are just beautiful boots.

Left: Treasure & Bond x something. Top right: Jessica Simpson Layzer boots, bottom right: Sole Society Belen Slouchy bootie. All at Nordstrom.

Left: Treasure & Bond x something. Top right: Jessica Simpson Layzer boots, bottom right: Sole Society Belen Slouchy bootie. All at Nordstrom.

But I couldn't write a whole post on Fall 2017 boots without including some acknowledgement of the more difficult to wear trends. And if I had an unlimited boot budget, I would be getting both of these!

Nanette Lepore at Anthropologie

Nanette Lepore at Anthropologie

Marco de Vincezo (photo by Imaxtree)

Marco de Vincezo (photo by Imaxtree)

What are the boots you'll be wearing this year?