Tips for Buying Women's Boots
Nowadays, many people wear boots as a fashion statement rather than for their functionality. The great variety of styles makes them suitable for almost any occasion. Boots can come either as heels or flats, can be leather or suede and can come in many different heights from an ankle bootie to thigh high boots. Their functionality should not be underestimated however—a pair of good boots can protect their owner from cold and windy weather as well as from snow and rain. But while they protect the feet, they can also be a great fashion addition to anyone’s wardrobe.
If you want to get a hold of a pair of stylish boots as a fashion statement, you have a large variety to pick from. One way to go about dividing boots into different genres is by height. The simplest and the most primitive one is the ankle bootie
which hardly covers the ankle. It can be accompanied by many different types of heels from 1 inch up to 5 inches. This type of boot is rarely worn just to keep the feet warm but rather to complete a look. Ankle bootie looks especially great with short skirts, dresses or skinny jeans.
Another type of boot which is very popular today is a slouch boot, which provides a more casual and relaxed look. Usually slouch boots come in suede even though this style in leather is becoming very popular as well. Even though these shoes always have an appearance that they are about to fall off they do not look sloppy in any way. When combined with a long baggy shirt and a pair of tights or skinny jeans they can give you a very free and relaxed look. The price range for slouch boots can be anywhere from $20 to $200 or sometimes even more. It is helpful to remember when it comes to slouch boots that their appearance doesn’t really change much as price increases.
One pair of boots that every woman needs regardless of her age or wardrobe preference is a knee high boot. Whether or not you get them with a high heel or flat is a personal call but this style of boots goes with absolutely everything: skirts, pants, dresses, jeans or tights. They can be the focus of the outfit since they look great and make the legs look longer. Since knee boots make a strong fashion statement you can feel free to minimize your make up and accessories and let them be the center of your appearance for the night.
A dilemma which many people face when buying boots is which material is better between suede, leather or synthetic. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. While suede looks very stylish and is soft and comfortable, it is very difficult to clean and the shoe loses its “new” look very quickly. As for leather it allows the feet to breathe more, protects from puddles and light rain but is at the same time more expensive. Synthetic boots cost much less but they last for a shorter period of time and don’t let the skin breathe as much as the leather.
The price range on boots depends on many things, such as brands, materials and styles and can vary from $15 to more than $1,000. The biggest question to address first is what purpose your new boots will serve. If you want to obtain a classic pair of knee high boots which can last you many seasons and can go perfectly with everything then it’s best to buy a very good quality, expensive pair, since this investment will justify itself. If you are going for slouch boots, thigh high boots, or cowboy boots however, it would make sense not to spend as much and buy a cheaper pair since this type of boot goes in and out of style pretty quickly. Spending a large sum of money on something that will not be worn next season might not be such a good idea.
Lastly, it is very important to remember that no matter why you decided to get a pair of boots, whether it’s for comfort or a fashion statement, the boots MUST be comfortable. You will never look good wearing anything that is killing your foot one toe at a time and need to remember that stylish or casual, cheap or expensive, comfort should always remain your number one priority when purchasing a new addition to your closet.