Of everything I like about fall fashion, one of my favorites has got to be boots!
Boots give you a chance to pair comfort with style and can look great with a skirt or pants to dress up or down.
But the challenge always lies in how to pick out the best pair. Boots that look perfect on the sales rack or in a picture may look much less than perfect on your feet. There are two main things at work when choosing a boot: The length of your legs and the shape of your calves.
Here are a few tips that I find helpful to keep in mind when shopping for boots:
Knee-high boots tend to work well on most legs, no matter how long or wide. It may take some trail and error, but once you find a pair that fits you well, you’ll find that the length is particularly flattering on all body types.
For longer legs, you can go even higher with over-the-knee boots. For shorter legs, a mid-calf or ankle boot will help lengthen your leg, particularly when worn with a pair of leggings the same color as the boots.
Those with wider calves should avoid boots that cut across the widest part of the leg, such as a pair of motorcycle boots or some combat boots, going either for a higher boot with some room in the calf or an ankle boot. Those with thin calves, on the other hand, may want a close-fitting, taller boot that won’t gap away from the leg or an ankle boot.
Boots range from flat soles to stiletto heels, so you have a wide range of choices. A thin heel works best with a thinner frame, while stacked heels work better with those who have curves from hip to ankle. A wedge heel can work with most body types, since wedge heels can be both wide or narrow. Flat soles, not surprisingly, do better on longer legs, while a platform wedge can add desired height if you’re shorter.
Leg shape affects the amount and type of details you want on your boots as well.
Details that wrap around the boot horizontally (such as straps) help add width and definition, something you may want if you have thin calves but want to avoid if your calves are wider.
Those with shorter legs may want details that draw the eye upward, such as vertical zippers or laces.
As a rule of thumb, the longer your leg, the more decoration you can get away with on your boots (even patterns, like we’re seeing more of this year). Boots with fewer accents will create more of an illusion of length.
It can be taxing to find that perfect pair of boots, but it’s a great feeling when you find the perfect pair. Hopefully, these tips will help you choose the best pair for this fall!