Selecting Fashion Boots for Women

Fashion boots are typically thought of fall/winter must-have. However, if you’ve checked out the runways and the feet of your favorite Hollywood celebs, you have probably noticed them popping up year-round. Ladies boots run the gamut from sleek and classic to wild and trendy. Learn about the different styles, which ones will look best on you and how to pair them with your wardrobe any time of the year!

These ladies are in dire need of fashion boots!
These ladies are in dire need of fashion boots! | Source

Ankle

Ankle boots were originally designed to wear under long pants, giving the illusion that you were actually wearing a pair of full-length boots. It was a great idea for many of us who didn’t want to spend the extra money on knee high boots.

Over the past several seasons, fashion designers have increasingly included ankle booties in their lines, pairing them with skinny jeans, shorts, skirts and dresses. Ankle boots can be fun and edgy or provide an elegant touch to an evening outfit.

The modest buckles and straps don't interfere with the line of these ankle boots.
The modest buckles and straps don't interfere with the line of these ankle boots. | Source

Ankle boots typically look better on women with longer legs. If you have short, stocky legs, avoid ankle boots that cut straight across the ankle – they will make your legs appear even shorter. But never fear darlings, you can even rock ankle boots though you lack the stature of Miranda Kerr! Here’s how to do it right:

Ankle Boots for Any Season

Steven by Steve Madden Women's Pembrook Ankle Boot,Taupe Suede,10 M US
Steven by Steve Madden Women's Pembrook Ankle Boot,Taupe Suede,10 M US

These Western-inspired ankle boots are perfect for weekend wear when paired with a flirty skirt, shorts or skinny jeans.

 
  • Wear ankle boots with a similarly hued pair of skinny pants or opaque hose to give your legs the illusion of length. This will provide an uninterrupted line from your foot up the length of your leg.
  • Avoid ankle boots with a wide opening such as slouch booties. The gap around the ankle will only serve to draw attention to that spot and make your legs look shorter.
  • Pick an ankle boot with a sizeable heel. It visually slims the calves.
  • Steer clear of ankle boots with too much detail. An overabundance of buckles and straps counteract the sleek appearance you’re going for.

Knee-High

Of all choices for women’s fashion boot, knee-highs are the most practical and versatile. Why buy a pair of white boots that go with only one outfit? Choose colors like black and brown -- they will coordinate with most pieces in your wardrobe. Knee-high boots coordinate with skirts, dresses and pants. They look particularly good with tucked-in jeans for a casual after work or weekend look.

  • Look for knee-high boots that hit just below the knee for the most flattering silhouette.
  • If you have heavier calves, try to find a pair that don’t fit too tightly. Boots with a tight fit in the leg will only emphasize a thicker calf.
  • Petite women look better with knee-high boots with a slight heel. However, flat and now-heeled boots can be flattering on shorter women -- just be sure not to pair them with a midi skirt or wide legged pants tucked into the boots.

Knee-High Riding Boots

VANELi Women's Candie Knee-High Boot,Black Nappa,8 M US
VANELi Women's Candie Knee-High Boot,Black Nappa,8 M US

The riding boot is a casual style that combines comfort and classic looks. Wear with tucked-in pants or a tailored A-line skirt.

 
Thigh high boots are best on tall women with slender legs.
Thigh high boots are best on tall women with slender legs. | Source

Thigh-High

This is purely a judgment call. I personally would not be seen dead in a pair of thigh-high boots – but to each, her own! If you are into the club scene and like an edgy look, then go for it.

Obviously, thigh-high boots are the star of the show, so you should give them their due and not upstage them. That means wearing them with a mini skirt, a pair of short-shorts, skinny jeans or leggings. To let your thigh-high boots shine, make sure your accessories, hair style and makeup are understated. This is definitely a fashion boot style that should be left to slender, long-legged lovelies.

Cowboy

Cowboy boots are also one of those must-haves to round out certain outfits. You may not wear them every day, but once you’ve owned a pair you know how they can perk up your wardrobe!

One word of advice: please make sure you find good quality, good fitting boots. They can wreak havoc on your feet if you don’t. Spending a little extra will ensure a comfortable fit and boots that will look good and hold up, season after season.

You can bravely pair cowboy boots with skirts and dresses!
You can bravely pair cowboy boots with skirts and dresses! | Source

Kicky Cowboy Boots

Ariat Women's Corazon Boot,Shattered Marble,8.5 M US
Ariat Women's Corazon Boot,Shattered Marble,8.5 M US

Whether you're in the mood to hit the dance floor or up a day of shopping, these stylish cowboy boots look great with anything from jeans to a gauzy peasant skirt.

 

Oh, and by the way, make sure you break them in for a month or so before going out for an evening of line dancing. Your boots must have that “lived in” look or you’ll be laughed off the dance floor. Also, your feet will pay the ultimate price if you don’t – ouch!

Cowboy boots look as great with a pair of jeans and a T-shirt or a peasant skirt and blouse. I lived in Texas for a number of years and have even seen them paired with cocktail dresses and wedding attire -- I’m just saying!

I cannot think of any hard and fast rules when it comes to who can wear cowboy boots and what to wear them with. Just have fun and kick up your heels!

Mid-Calf Slouch

Not one of my favorites, mid- calf slouch boots keep coming back year after year. They’re another style which seem to have no seasonal bounds – especially among celebrities. Mid-calf slouches are definitely a casual look that can be worn over skinny jeans and with shorts, skirts and dresses. Just make sure you don’t try to dress them up too much. It just doesn't work very well.

Pair slouch boots with skinny jeans to give slouch boots a classic feel.
Pair slouch boots with skinny jeans to give slouch boots a classic feel. | Source
  • They are a good choice for women with thin or wide calves, since they are not designed to fit snugly to the leg.
  • If you do pair them with a dress or skirt, raise your hemline to keep everything in proportion. If you hemline falls below the knee, it can make you legs look short and stocky.
  • Don’t wear mid-calf slouch boots with loose fitting clothes. They are meant to be worn with chic, tailored clothes. Bulky clothes and a slouchy boot will look sloppy. The only exceptions I can think of would be something like an oversized boyfriend sweater and a cute Boho mini skirt.

The Lowdown on Boot Heels

Type
Who Can Wear It
Flat
Best for those with average to long legs
Kitten
Look lovely on women with small feet
Cone
An ideal heel for anyone
Stiletto
Good for slender women or those with thin ankles and calves
Wedge
Great for women with curves and slim silhouettes
Stacked
Perfect for full-figured women
Platform
Add needed height for women with short legs More comfortable than a traditional high heel

Weigh In!

Which type of boot is your favorite?

  • Ankle
  • Knee High
  • Thigh High
  • Cowboy
  • Slouch
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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

I love ankle boots, but have short legs. This is a great hub, lindacee- I might try going with knee-high boots or matching the color of my pants to the color of the ankle boots.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I had so much fun reading this hub. I absolutely adore boots and would have a million pair if I could afford. As soon as the weather turns a bit cold that is my uniform for the day. Loved the photos etc. Great hub. Voted Up and shared.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thanks, Leah. Glad you liked this Hub! I love boots of all different styles. I typically stick with knee highs just to be safe!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Carol, I too would have a closet full if my pocketbook would allow it. I'm going to have to go in search for a new pair for the winter months. Thanks so much for the feedback, vote and share! :)


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi lindacee - this was a great read for this time of year. Though I love boots, it is so hard to transition from the open comfort of sandals. But just looking at all these boots puts me in the mood. I love to wear a short sleeved dress, or short sleeved top and skirt with boots, though one of my fashion critics (a son!) thinks short sleeves are inappropriate with boots. Please!!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

I know what you mean Dolores! I have been wearing flip-flops most of the summer and my feet are not ready to be encumbered. Luckily the "rules" for what to wear with boots have relaxed over the years. I say proudly wear your boots with short sleeves! Thanks for reading my Hub...and enjoy your weekend! :)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I love boots, unfortunately here in South Florida they are only worn about three weeks every year when it gets below 40. I am all for the ankle and knee high boots - best match for my body type. Great hub and voted way up!


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Absolutely loved this hub and much like you, I wouldn't be caught dead in thigh high boots!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

teaches, we have a similar problem here in Vegas. However, we do have at least 3 months when boots are appropriate. The cooler temps and cold winter winds make wearing fashion boots a bit easier than in South Florida. Thank you for your visit and comment! :)


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Glad you enjoyed the Hub Qudsia! Let's stick to our guns and continue the ban of thigh high boots! :)


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

*Gets the banner ready :D


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Guess what? I actually love thigh-high boots! Unfortunately, they don't look so good on my super short legs, so I stick to the knee-high and mid-calf versions instead. Thanks for this fun hub! You're very fashion savvy.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thanks Om! I stick with knee-highs so I know they will be "in" for a while. Don't want to be buying new boots every year or so.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

LOVE boots! Love this hub as well. Great information. Voted up and shared.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Glad you liked this Hub! Thanks for reading, voting and commenting, TToombso8! Always nice to hear from you! :)


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daisydayz 4 years ago from Cardiff

In my teens I used to be all about my girly knee highs and ankle boots with heels. Quite feminine boots. As ive gotten older Ive started wearing more masculine boots, and flatter ones or with wide chunky low heels - weird how my style has evolved. Now my favs are black suede cowboy style, doc martin red working boots and firetrap mens brown boots with some chunky straps and buckles! I still have the few girly pairs too, but not as many.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Yes, Daisy, I think it is a good thing our preferences change over time. I hate to date myself, but as a young girl, I had a white pair of go-go boots that I just loved. Glad the styles have changed and I don't have to worry about keeping my boots scuff-free and pristine white! :) Thanks for reading and commenting!


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krsharp05 4 years ago from 18th and Vine

It's always a struggle to decide which of your great works to read. I need to take a single afternoon and read your entire works - I learn so much! Your fashion guides are always fun to read. Mostly because I'm pretty sure I'm in the photo at the top. :) Awesome & Up. -K


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thanks so much, K! I'm so flattered you have been enjoying my Hubs. I think with my clothing budget these days, I'm with you in the 1st photo! :) I appreciate the read and votes.

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