Best Boots for Fall (for Every Budget)

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I know I am in Florida, but why is it soooo hot in October. Why? I am over it. I want fall! Not serious, full-fledged, Midwestern-style fall, with parkas and babies bundled up in snowsuits. I’m not crazy. I know that I am extraordinarily wimpy and thin skinned. But how I long for it to feel fall-ish. I’d like an entry-level fall, cool enough for long sleeves, a cute little leather jacket and boots.

Especially boots. The weather here might not be quite right for boot-wearing yet, but it’s perfect for boot-shopping, and there are so many cute, versatile, completely wearable styles in stores right now that the hardest part will be choosing a pair (or five). Here, a look at the best boots for fall featuring three key trends, for every budget.

Haute Hiking Boots

Thick, chunky lug soles are totally trendy right now, and are equally at home trudging through the mall as they are hiking through the snow. They’re comfortable, of course, and more versatile than you might think! Try them with everything from your favorite fit and flare dress to a long chunky cardigan and jeans.

VIA PINKY "Nora" side zip ankle booties, $37.99, Amazon, are comfortable and versatile. Plus, this color is a key trend this season.

VIA PINKY “Nora” side zip ankle booties, $37.99, Amazon, are comfortable and versatile. Plus, this color is a key trend this season.

Nine West Outnup suede winter boot, $149, Amazon, features trendy wraparound leather.

Nine West Outnup suede winter boot, $149, Amazon, features trendy wraparound leather.

Frye "Sabrina" lace-up boot, starting at $198, Amazon, features a slightly vintage take on the trend.

Frye “Sabrina” lace-up boot, starting at $198, Amazon, features a slightly vintage take on the trend.

Elegant Embellished Boot

From studs and fringe and fur to dressier details like shiny metallics and sparkling crystals, you’ll find a decorative style that suits your style. Here, 3 of my picks.

Twisted "Vanessa" faux fur trim platform booties, $24.99, Amazon. Super-trendy and fun, these go great with jeans.

Twisted “Vanessa” faux fur trim platform booties, $24.99, Amazon. Super-trendy and fun, these go great with jeans.

Aldo "Montoro" boot, about $70, Amazon, features a sparkly finish and sleek style.

Aldo “Montoro” boot, about $70, Amazon, features a sparkly finish and sleek style.

Steve Madden "Myrakle" boot, $169.95, Amazon

Steve Madden “Myrakle” boot, $169.95, Amazon are fun, flirty and versatile.

Over the Knee Boots

While this style may have had a questionable reputation in the past, it’s a major trend this season. To keep this look fresh and fun, and not too flashy, stick with a flat, hiking style boot that extends just over the knee.

Qupid "Relax" riding boot, about $40, Amazon, is a classic equestrian style updated with an over the knee length.

Qupid “Relax” riding boot, about $40, Amazon, is a classic equestrian style updated with an over the knee length.

Chinese Laundry "Riley" riding boot, $99.95, Amazon, is sleek, classic and affordable.

Chinese Laundry “Riley” riding boot, $99.95, Amazon, is sleek, classic and affordable.

STEVEN Steve Madden "Intyce" riding boot, starting at $149, Amazon

STEVEN Steve Madden “Intyce” riding boot, starting at $149, Amazon

So there you have it — three of the trendiest trends in boots right now: lug-soled hiking boots, over-the-knee boots and embellished (fur, fringe, studded, and metallic) styles. Is one of these your next favorite pair, or will you be sticking to your standbys this season?

Comments

  1. Nelly says

    I love boots!! Although I like to try different styles, I do not have the nerve to wear the over the knee kind.

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