Posted: Oct 15, 2012 9:00 AM
Fall is the season for boots -- and we found some that will be on everyone’s wish list! From tall riding boots to the latest in short boots, there’s a pair for you. The sooner you find your favorite pair, the longer you can wear them. Sounds like a win-win!

Boots have made their way into mainstream fashion in a big way. This season, boots are hotter than ever -- and paired with everything from flowy skirts and dresses to sleek jeggings or skinny jeans. Make room in your closet for a few new pairs this fall. With so many amazing styles and colors, how can you choose just one?

Boots 101

When shopping for boots, there are several things to consider:


Boot styles range from super casual and fun to sexy and sophisticated. Think about the outfits you would pair with your new boots and choose a style that will be versatile enough to go with several different looks.

Fit^ Try your boots on towards the end of the day, when your feet are likely to be bigger. If you have a high arch, adding an arch support is a great way to make your new boots fit perfectly. Many of the tall boots and riding boots have a somewhat narrow calf opening, which may be uncomfortable for you. A boot with goring at the top or an adjustable buckle can make all the difference in a comfortable fit. Ask if leather boots can be stretched just a bit to fit more comfortably at the calf.


Boots come in every height -- from flat boots to 5-inch stiletto heels. Think about how you will be wearing your new boots the most. If you plan to do a lot of walking in them, you may opt for a flat sole or shorter heel height. Dressy boots for parties or work might be fine with a higher heel.

Our picks

Here are a few of our favorite boots for fall.

Warm UP boot

Not Rated Warm Up boot

This sexy boot comes in black, gray, taupe or navy with a ruched fabric upper and a 3-1/4-inch heel (Zappos, $70). Paired with anything from black skinny jeans to a sexy sweater dress, these boots will get you noticed.

Franco Sarto Indiana boot

Franco Sarto Indiana boot

Available in brown or black leather, this riding boot has a 2-1/2-inch heel height and a side zip (Nordstrom, $150). The style is flexible enough to be dressed up or down.

Volatile Denver western boot

Volatile Denver Western boot

Western boots are hot this fall, paired with skirts as well as jeans. This cute pair comes in black or brown with a 3-1/4-inch heel (DSW, $70). The faux leather upper has great Western stitching detail that makes this pair really stand out.

Steve Madden Lexeee tall boot

Steve Madden Lexeee tall boot

This gorgeous boot comes in black, cognac or stone leather with a sexy 4-inch heel (Steve Madden, $170). This boot just screams for a night out on the town.

Softspots Carmina

Softspots Carmina

These beautiful ankle booties are available in black or dark brown, with a 2-3/4-inch heel and a rubber sole (Shoe Buy, $85). They work well with jeans or pants, but would also be cute with tights and a sweater dress. The buckle detail gives them an extra bit of character.

Steve Madden Riskey boot

Steve Madden Riskey boot

This short leather boot comes in black or cognac (Victoria’s Secret, $155), with a 2-3/4-inch heel and a rugged buckle detail. These would be a great addition to any fall wardrobe.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Hi-King fringe boots

Kenneth Cole Reaction Hi-King fringe boots

What a fun pair! These great fringed boots are available in taupe or maple suede (Macys, $120), with a side zipper for easy on-off. Paired with skinny jeans or your favorite flowy skirt, these boots are just plain fun.

Sam Edelman Penny boot

Sam Edelman Penny boot

The gorgeous leather boots have a 1-inch heel, a back zip and come in whiskey, black or olive (Zappos, $190). They have a classic look, like you may have owned them for years. The top of the shaft is asymmetrical, for an unusual modern twist. Add a pair of these to your closet, and you may find them to be your go-to boots this fall.

Now go out and grab a great pair -- or two -- of boots for fall. (You can thank us later.)

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