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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
Photo courtesy of ShopBop

First Published Wed, 2011-01-12 18:17

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