Infinity scarves, fleece-lined leggings and warm pea coats seem to magically appear as soon as the first chilly wind blows through town. Tall, leg-lengthening boots transform these cold-weather essentials into pulled together and polished outfits in a snap. The classic silhouette of a tall boot means you’ll look effortlessly put together, allowing you to show off your personalized style during the chilliest of days. Whether you want a strong, black finish or a touch of brightening tan, these boots will take your seasonal wardrobe from basic to bling.
Plenty of winter wardrobe pieces fall into the gray and black families. But sometimes you need a rich pop of warming color and dimension in your wardrobe. Rich, chestnut-brown boots, like the Women’s X-Marvelous Boot in tan, brighten up dark jeans, camel trenches and cozy sweater dresses. The versatile boots, with flexible soles that provide traction, can even function in two different worlds. Pair them with an all-black ensemble and a tailored coat for a nod to winter style, or slip them on with a soft, light sweater and some leggings during casual Friday at the office or a brisk walk to the store.
If you want to feel like you’re wearing a secret weapon, check out the Women’s Maximize Riding Boot in black. They give your legs a classic, dark silhouette that goes with nearly everything. But these boots also come with a flexible sole for long days on your feet or slushy afternoon walks in the winter. They also change up the routine with metallic buckles at the ankles that add a little edge and dimension to the look. Pair these dark powerhouse boots with bright leggings, jewel-toned sweaters and winter neutrals and you’ll look polished every time you walk out the door.
If you stock up on houndstooth patterns, dove gray accessories and boho-chic inspired pieces every year, you need a surprising yet subtle boot this season, such as a pair of slate-gray R-Xylo Wide Calf Riding Boots. This richly nuanced shade pairs with bright pops of color, creamy boho ensembles and classic jeans. The flexible elastic backing at the upper calf and the flexible soles give you all-day comfort without sacrificing style. You can even pair these warm, durable boots with some wide-legged trousers or a pencil skirt to wear to the office.
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Get the most out of your boots this season and purchase shoes with a little wiggle room for your toes plus a pair of cozy socks. Shoes that pinch tend to wear out faster and leave your feet sore. Because LifeStride boots are 40 percent off right now, you can even buy two (or three!) pairs to match your entire wardrobe. Keep your favorite seasonal boots looking sleek and fashionable by storing them in a dry place; wiping off excess mud and debris; and applying a protective boot polish every few weeks.
About the Author
Sarah Vrba has been writing about style for the last decade contributing to publications like AND Magazine, 202 Magazine, Trazee Travel, The Richest and Secret. She earned her M.A. in historical fashion and identity in 2012. Currently, she writes about beauty survival tactics, inspired style and the history that makes it all so enthralling.