The Best Boots for Fall

It's that time of year:  football season, apple picking and boots! 

Almost every woman I know loves bringing out her boots each fall, or better yet, buying new ones!  My favorite of all footwear, boots can be worn with bare legs and dresses while it’s still summery and of course throughout the cold winter months. 

I’m looking for a great pair of riding boots this season.  Finding the perfect pair is a joy and a challenge.  Here are my top shopping tips (and favorite pairs) of the season.

Enzo Angiolini ‘Saylem’ $159.95

1.  Consider it an investment:  I recommend spending a bit more on classic staples that never go out of style.  Avoid faux leather – it doesn’t last and can be very uncomfortable.

Riding boots and other non-trendy footwear will last year after year if you buy good quality. 

Born ‘Attila’ $210

2.  Shop online:  I shop almost exclusively online for shoes these days.  I just don’t have a lot of time to schlep all over the place to do my comparison-shopping. Plus, my favorite e-retailers provide free shipping and free returns – I can order a few different styles (and sizes, if necessary) and return what doesn’t work, at no cost to me.  Check out Piperlime and Endless for this.  I also love Nordstrom's online selection - they offer free shipping and I can just return what doesn't work to the store.

Vince Camuto ‘Bollo’ $248.95

3.  Narrow your search:  The sheer number of boots out there is overwhelming.  Use online search tools, (Endless is particularly great for this) to display only what you want.  For example, I am looking for a pair of brown riding boots in a size 7.5, under $300 with at least a 1 inch heel.  Putting in those parameters took me from 10,000 choices to 148.  You can even search by ‘wide calf’ if your calf measures more than 15.5” around.

Matisse ‘Pepper’ $269.95

4.  Consider buying used:  I have a pair of cowboy boots that I get compliments on every time I wear them – I bought them on ebay for $15 a few years ago.  In some cases, the more wear, the better!  Visit local stores like NAVA on Thayer Street in Providence.  They have a great collection of new and vintage cowboy boots.  If you must buy new, Berks has an excellent selection as well.

Jill Marinelli is a personal stylist who appears regularly on WPRI’s The Rhode Show, 92 Pro-FM radio, and FOX Boston Morning News.  Her passion is helping everyday women look and feel fabulous.  For style tips and to learn more about Jill, visit www.jmstylist.com.