Better Boots

Universally stylish and ridiculously wearable, boots are always the answer to rounding out and finishing up any outfit. The newest styles mix and match looks, heights and fabrics to make sure there's something for everyone. 
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Style Softies

 

Gentle curves and subtle color make these boots an easy replacement for your simplest pumps.
 
Cole Haan "Josephine" suede booties, $298; zappos.com
Photo courtesy of Zappos

Mesh & Match

 

Showing some skin while covering up is riddle-worthy. Problem solved with these sexy mesh booties.
 
Elie Tahari mesh bootie, $448; neimanmarcus.com
Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Storm Chaser

 

Utilitarian, schmilitarian—these galoshes have a wedge heel for styling in the rain (what a glorious feeling, we're happy again!) 
 
Hunter "Andora" wedge rubber boots, $175; bloomingdales.com
Photo courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Happy Trails

 

It might take seeing for believing, but the new hiking boot is heavy on sex appeal, low on rugged mountain-might. 
 
Sam Edelman "Vancouver" suede boot, $160; piperlime.com
Photo courtesy of Piperlime

Riding (Boot) Habit

 

Riding boots are that most perfect style that's not going anywhere. We love how this heavy black and stud detail has replaced traditional straps and buckles.
 
Sigerson Morrison leather riding boots, $795; net-a-porter.com
Photo courtesy of Net-A-Porter

Relaxed Fit

 

Swashbuckling style works (trust us!) when it's all about worn-in leather and a slightly slouchy silhouette. 
 
Jeffrey Campbell suede boots, $198; shopbop.com
Photo courtesy of ShopBop

Tightly Laced

 

Forget scouring flea markets for vintage finds. These lace-up satin booties perfectly interpret Victorian style but keep you from walking a mile (or more!) in someone else's shoes. 
 
Elizabeth and James satin bootie, $395; farfetch.com
Photo courtesy of Farfetch

Such Great Heights

 

The new length is over-the-knee but when done as flats, the look is far from over-the-top.
 
Loeffler Randall back zip boots, $825; bloomingdales.com
Photo courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Height Helper

 

The easiest (and comfiest) way to add height is with a barely-noticeable platform. Done in subdued black suede, no one will notice that you're getting some vertical aid. 
 
Coach "Candid" suede boot, $348; coach.com
Photo courtesy of Coach

Investment Piece

 

These shearling lined boots were so popular the first go-around, they're now a permanent offering. Use fashion math to digest the price tag (divide it by wears) and they're a real steal.
 
 Jimmy Choo leather biker boots, $1,050; net-a-porter.com
Photo courtesy of Net-A-Porter

Fashion Force

 

Real style threats know it's all about the accents, including super-shine metal heels. 
 
Tory Burch leather and metal heel bootie, $395; saks.com
courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Rainy Day Stompers

 

Really show those puddles who's boss with these stomp-around, splash-around lace-up rain boots. 
 
KORS Michael Kors rubber boots, $125; shopbop.com
Photo courtesy of ShopBop

All-Weather Style

 

When you're battling the weather and chilly temps, trust us, you'll thank your lucky stars that durable, fleece-lined moto boots are in this season. 
 
Rag & Bone boots with shearling lining, $595; shopbop.com
 
 
Photo courtesy of ShopBop
First Published January 12, 2011

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