Leather Boots For Days:
6 Boot Styles That Can Make any Outfit Pop
Whether Winter or Summer, Spring or Fall, boots can bring an outfit together. They keep you steady as you strut your stuff while you’re out shopping, on a date, or hard at work, but they do more than just protect your feet. Boots are there to make you look good and feel confident while you go about your day. Boots make a bolder statement than shoes and come in nearly as many varieties.
Choosing the right boots for the right occasion can be just as much of a challenge as choosing the right shoes.
There are so many different kinds!
Do I need slip-on boots, mid-calf, brown leather boots, or do I want fur-lined ankle boots with these jeans? Knee-highs for this outing, or do I expect to do more hiking than looking striking?
It may help to know just what options you have available for your boot needs. Having a pair or two (or more!) for each type of outing is the ideal, but knowing how to make it work with what you have is even more important. With the right look, you might leave others needing to shop for some footwear of their own.
After all, if you can rock your boots to their fullest, you may just knock their socks off!
Check out our list of some common boot types and how they’re best used to make any outfit really pop.
True to their name, these boots come to just below the knee. They’re the classic boot look and they go so well with just about anything. They come in a myriad of varieties and styles. Some are fur-lined near the top, adding an elegant touch of class. Others end in a perfect line that emphasize the leg above them.
Straps and buckles also come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, each of which adds its own kind of flair to your look. A soft boot might be more appropriate for wintertime, while sunnier weather calls for a black or brown leather boot that helps tie an entire ensemble together.
Whether you go with a shorter or flat boot heel or something a little longer depends upon your needs. For colder weather, something a little sturdier, with a short heel or flat heel, would be better at both keeping your feet warm and also negotiating the sometimes-slick path.
Warmer materials are helpful here, but during the warmer months, you want something a little thinner and more breathable.
Pair knee-high boots with dresses, from midi to knee-length, for the graceful and elegant yet strong look. They also work well with tights, especially those lined around the cuff, creating a fab combination that can’t be beat.
Skinny jeans and bare legs also work wonders with the right pair of knee-highs—try them with shorts for a summer look that keeps your feet comfortable but really emphasizes those legs.
Just a bit shorter than knee-highs, calf boots (naturally) come right up to your calves. They also sport a large variety of buckles, straps, and trims to choose from, so you just have to think about what you need. Is it cold outside?
Then try flat heels and a thicker material with fur lining to stay warm but also give you that classy, sexy look. A lace-up style draws the eye with its detail and helps to give your outfit a sort of eye-catching elaborate design, even if you just threw on a dress with the boots and hurried out the door.
Leather calf boots are equally great for dates or just a night out on the town, and pair especially well with a leather jacket and some tight pants or dark leggings.
A high-heel calf boot will really put some attention-grabbing confidence in your step.
A versatile boot that can dress up or down to fit your needs, ankle boots are shorter still but usable with almost any style. Whether the ankle boot stops below or above the ankle, or right even with it, depends on the style and maker, so you have plenty of options to suit whatever need arises. Like the other boot types, ankle boots can also come in one of several varieties of heel height.
High heel ankle boots with a fur trim paired with a long skirt, a denim jacket, and a striped top, with a hat and the right necklace, for instance, can create a hip and trendy look that speaks to a fashion sense that incorporates both modern and classic elements.
Or you can try a low-heel boot with leggings, a short skirt, and a long-sleeve top that gives you a bold and striking confident look, great for a date or to meet with a friend for coffee.
Ankle boots are equally good for a day in the park as they are in a professional environment. Put them with some skinny jeans or capris, showing a little ankle to give the illusion of longer legs and more height. You’ll also find they work equally well with high-waisted shorts and a sporty top when you’re feeling as sunny as it is outside.
Sometimes, you need a little something extra when it’s cold and icy out there. Snow boots have you covered. They may be built for a particular function, which is giving you traction in snowy and icy conditions, as well as keeping your feet warm, but they come in style, as well. You want something warm and comfortable to wear, especially if you expect to be trudging through the snow for any real length of time, but you also don’t want to look like you’re wearing ugly lumps on your feet.
To add a little style to your snow boots, pair them with jeans, or even a full denim jumpsuit. Some faux-fur-lined snow boots in black or dark brown with a dark blue denim jumpsuit and a jacket certainly looks rugged and warm without making you feel overly bundled.
If the weather is cold but not too cold, you can also use them with some leggings or warm tights and a skirt or shorts.
Get some boots with a fringe on them to match your fringed jacket for that rugged yet elegant look. Grab on a fleece jacket or an open-front knit long-sleeve sweater and you will feel warm—and look even better.
Any boot that comes above the knee can fall into this category, which just exudes sexy style. These are often more difficult to incorporate into your look but always worth the results.
Wear them with a skirt, leggings, or skinny jeans and a short jacket to really emphasize your legs. Or try them with a short dress for a night out at the club or a date where you really want to get the jaws dropping.
Get flat heels for longer excursions, but if you really want to make a statement, a taller heel with over-the-knee boots is as bold a statement as you can make.
Wedge heels are available on any boot length. They give you the benefit of the additional height and emphasis of a higher heel but they don’t require you to sacrifice comfort. Wedge heels give you stability and that additional oomph in your step, plus they look great.
Where thinner heels are often trickier to walk in or cause you discomfort after hours of wearing them, wedge heels are designed to give you maximum comfort even with extended wear.