CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Boot up for fall! It's time for classic pumps, ballerina flats and color-charged sneakers to step aside. Boots on the ground never looked so sharp.
Boots take an outfit from status quo to spectacular. From basic to stunning, the long and short of it is that boots have re-entered polite society as the hyper-focus for fall.
The choice of footwear telegraphs personality for the alpha shopper. Bits of brilliance, full-on attitude and bold, statement looks deliver the dream team of comfort and elegance. The big boot blowout for fall is a modern interpretation of sensational style that lets you kick up your heels in a spectrum of subtle to utterly dramatic boots.
Boots are the hottest look for fall feet. Fierce, fancy, supremely stylish footwear from lace-up to star-studded, ankle boots to thigh-highs, with artisanal elements in monumental heels, wedges or flats, boots are head-turning designs in the right direction for a winning fall look.
Blessedly unprecious, eternally wearable and majorly chic fall favorites are a little rebellious, in the best way. Sophisticated ladies treat their fashionable feet to scrumptiously butter-soft leather and suede, ignoring bygone distinctions, while exercising their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of cute boots.
Classic, edgy or wild-child label-loving gals with individual style, as well as new faithfuls with a bit of boot envy, will tickle their toes in a trend that walked the runways and rules the offices and sidewalks in luscious suede and broken-in leather from very high-end to very affordable.
The fashion rules for boot wearing are simple: Boots go with just about anything, but keep an eye on proportion. The usual rule of thumb is the shorter the hemline, the taller the boot can be. Tights or no tights is a personal call this season, but none are required. Know that tights and shoes in similar shades result in an elongated leg.
Boots with heels and flat boots work equally well with dresses, skirts and jeans. Choose the heel height that complements the look of the garment.
If the look is on the casual, sporty side, it may be that the flat boot looks best. If the look is dressier, probably the heeled boot is the way to go. Very few fashion rules are set in stone. Try both heels on, then go with the one that looks the best. A metallic monstrosity would be the only way to really flub this trend.
Over-the-knee-boots are all the rage this season. Tall, tailored and straight, scrunched and slouchy, folded over and furry, high-heeled, wedged or flat. The thigh-high club offers a luxurious look, rich in character. Extreme leg wear, and very Madison Avenue, over-the-knee boots mix a Victorian feel with a New Wave look for a complete rock star vibe.
OTK boots look smashing with above-the-knee skirts and dresses (notice the word "mini" was not used here) or with tucked-in pants. Worn over the knee, folded down or scrunched at the ankle, over-the-knee boots offer limitless, convertible style.
Fabulous faux fur
The fur trend creeps all the way down to our feet -- perfect for the cute-as-a-button ski bunny or boho babe, and the picture of English country elegance. Fabulously faux-fur trimmed boots strike a balance between rugged and citified, but they are a total no-no for formal wear. Tuck in jeans or sweats, or wear with casual skirts. Modern, eye-catching mixes of textures, snuggle-worthy shearling is outdoorsy, well-placed fluff for fall -- warm and cozy for subzero weather and cute to boot!