Do I say this every year? Probably. But I just can’t help myself. Even though I’ve experienced some recent footwear-waffling, I absolutely adore boots, and although I concocted plenty of boot-based outfits over the summer, I still get excited when the weather starts to change and boots become truly, seasonally appropriate.
Here are just a few of the reasons that I adore boots above all other forms of footwear:
- They just feel tough. Even the most feminine boot has an edge to it.
- They look fantastic with skirts.
- They feel luxurious to wear.
- Cute versions can be bought cheap. It’s easier to construct a sturdy, adorable boot than a well-made, adorable pump … so budget versions can be remarkably good quality.*
- They weather well. Beat-up sandals look awful, beat-up boots look cool.
- If I’m being honest, I prefer an enclosed shoe. I feel secure and stable when my feet are entirely covered. And it doesn’t get more covered than a pair of boots.
- They feel grown-up in the best possible way. When I lived in San Francisco as a 21-year-old, I remember seeing chic young women running around town in tall boots and pencil skirts, and feeling like they looked far more adult than I did in my baggy slacks and outsized black oxfords. I coveted, mimicked, and eventually adopted the look as my own. And tall boots still make me feel like a lady. A grown-up lady.
Are you a boot gal, too? Or are you already lamenting the loss of open-toed shoes?
*This is a gigantic generalization, and well-made boots crafted from quality materials will always last longer and be worth the investment. But in my experience, cheap boots can be bargains, but cheap pumps and flats just eat my feet alive.