Tip: How to Pick the Best Boots for You

1 11 2013
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Photo: victoriassecret.com

It’s officially boot season!!! Now, if you’re anything like me, a woman with larger calves, finding boots can be a bit difficult — whenever I do find a pair I like, that fit, and don’t cost me my future first born, I rejoice like a girl at a Michael Jackson concert circa 1990. But finding larger width boots is only one complication women can run into when attempting to purchase their boots for the fall/winter.

So to help you navigate the vast selection of options, below I’ve listed some tips anyone can use when shopping for their fave boots.

Determine your need before shopping. Are you looking for a cute fall boot that will go wonderfully with that adorable trench jacket you just bought or for more of a boot to help keep your feet warm in a snow storm? Or maybe you just want a combat boot? It’s important to know the difference. Also, ask yourself — are you in the market for a flat boot, a boot with a heel, a knee-high boot, an ankle boot, something in between, etc?

You have to ask these questions because if you’re not careful, you’ll go to the mall and end up with a fly as hell ankle length winter white boot that can only be worn very rarely when you actually needed a flat boot you could wear on the weekends. True story.

Start with the basics. It’s easy to get caught up in all the different boot flavors offered, but if you look in your closet and don’t see a basic black, grey, or tan boot that can be worn with almost anything, then I would caution against getting those red leather boots that go to the middle of your thigh. Sure, they may eventually be perfect for your Pretty Woman costume… but you’ll regret that purchase when you need a pair just to wear for a cute date.

Know your size. This goes for length of your foot, width of your ankle, width of your calf (and maybe even up to your knee depending on high up you want the boot to go). Trust me, there’s nothing more disappointing than getting a pair of boots in the mail and having the zipper stop halfway up your leg because you didn’t look at the measurements before pressing submit.

And listen, this tip isn’t just for those with wider calves. Sometimes, women with small but muscular calves can miss out on boots as well if they don’t check the measurements of the boot shaft. Also, remember — you’ll be wearing socks with these shoes, so you don’t want to buy anything too exact on your foot because a cramped boot is never a good feeling.

Price before you buy. So many places sell boots these days, so there’s no way in the world you should feel you have to spend $400 on some boots. If you just want to, that’s one thing, but if you’re feeling pressured to do so — honey there are options. I guarantee you can find something you want for less than $100 (unless what you want is designer shoes — then be prepared to spend some mula).

That’s all I have for today. Are there any tips you all tend to find useful when you go boot-shopping?

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10 responses

1 11 2013
brenda

The traction on the bottom of the sole. Nothing worse than getting caught in a surprise snowstorm and your boots turn into ice skates. Not fun. I always look for comfort for my boots so I can get more wear out of them. Great post and perfect timing. I am looking for the perfect ankle boot for work with a wedge or flat. Any suggestions? Lol.

3 11 2013
dbaham

Ooooh Brenda, that’s a good one! I’ve totally been burned by thinking that Timberland boots were good for snow and ice — and I found out the hard way that was so wrong! lol

And thanks! Hmmm… a good work ankle boot? Let me think on that and get back to you this week with some links.

4 11 2013
brenda

Yes, that would be great!

5 11 2013
dbaham

So… a cute, work appropriate, wedge or flat ankle boot is a lot harder than I thought it would be to find!! LOL… but here are some that you *may* like.

1. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008MX48DW/ref=asc_df_B008MX48DW2798675?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B008MX48DW&tag=wwwshopstylec-20&ascsubtag=812911912

2. http://www.shoemint.com/shoes/sutton?aid=4$internal-email$p987$c4828$10275&userid=4983009_6993abc9b02b3ddb43552ea0fefd09d98e3e4519

3. http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=28140788&cm_mmc=CJ-_-Affiliates-_-ShopStyle.com-_-11292048

4. http://us.asos.com/countryid/2/ALDO-Elyta-Strap-Wedge-Ankle-Boots/11ha9x/?iid=3150897&cid=4172&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=9999&sort=-1&clr=Black&mporgp=L0FMRE8vQUxETy1FbHl0YS1TdHJhcC1XZWRnZS1BbmtsZS1Cb290cy9Qcm9kLw..&utm_source=Affiliate&utm_medium=LinkShare&utm_content=USNetwork.3150897&utm_campaign=J84DHJLQkR4&cvosrc=Affiliate.LinkShare.J84DHJLQkR4&link=15&promo=307380&source=linkshare&MID=35719&affid=2135&WT.tsrc=Affiliate&siteID=J84DHJLQkR4-OryYlm0VCZaNhJkjlb5a1w

5. (depending on how casual your job is) http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1406293/so-slouch-moto-ankle-boots-women.jsp?mr:trackingCode=021C8BD4-2DEB-E211-A301-90E2BA0278A8&mr:referralID=NA&src=J84DHJLQkR4&siteID=J84DHJLQkR4-Ap5n785cbi.ILmZPOoyoGw

6. http://shop.mango.com/US/p0/mango/shoes/suede-effect-wedge-ankle-boots/?id=13075508_02&n=1&s=zapatos&ident=0__0_0_1382422175474

7. http://shop.mango.com/US/p0/mango/shoes/suede-effect-wedge-ankle-boots/?id=13075508_02&n=1&s=zapatos&ident=0__0_0_1382422175474

5 11 2013
brenda

Aww thanks Darby! I appreciate you for this because it is super hard to find the boot that I want. I don’t want to make the mistake I made last year where i bought these beautiful knee high boots with a 4 in heel which I love but don’t wear as much as I want. Lol.

5 11 2013
dbaham

You’re welcome!! And I totally understand — I made similar mistakes with my boot choices for YEARS! If you don’t like any of those, just check out the following sites when searching — they have a vast variety:

DSW
shopstyle.com
zappos.com
Shoe Mint
Sole Society

Good luck!!!

8 11 2013
8 11 2013
dbaham

FUN!!! I absolutely approve 🙂

8 11 2013
brenda

I’m glad! This was fun, we should do this more often. Darby shoe consulting services or something. And we pay in relationship stories, like a barter system. hehe

8 11 2013
dbaham

Hahahaha — that might actually be a good idea!!

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