Over-the-knee boots, knee-high boots, ankle boots, I love them ALL. I wish Houston weather would allow me to get more wear out of mine, but I will take what I can get. Now, let’s dive right into everything we need to know about boots. How to style and wear boots, and everything in between.
Which, BTW- make sure to scroll ALL the way down in this post where I’m sharing how to style and wear ankle boots with denim. I’m telling you, we are covering it ALL 😉.
Over the Knee Boots
Let’s start with over-the-knee boots. Some may argue these are out of style and outdated. I beg to differ. Remember, and I may say this in every single post, and you may get tired of reading this… but at the end of the day, where what you want. I am only here to help guide you and share my tips and how I style things. Style is unique, and what I like you may not like, and vice versa. There is nothing wrong with that.
Back to OTK boots. I love how they make your legs appear longer. Also, they look stunning with skinny jeans, and if you want to wear a dress but want some warmth for your legs, I feel like these are an excellent option. I have a pointy toe because I want to dress them up, and I think a pointed toe shoe is more posh and polished.
Knee High Boots
Knee-high boots may be my favorite, and I’m going to be honest here, you don’t need all these different boots. Look at your closet and access what works best for you and your lifestyle at the end of the day. Then go from there. But I think knee-high boots are the most versatile boots to own. They look GORGEOUS with dresses, pants, skirts, and you name it. Sam Edelman has some excellent quality knee-high boots. Aldo boots are also excellent. My croc boots are almost four years old and from Aldo.
Also, note… when buying boots, I would look at your closet and the colors you have, then decide what color boot to get. I would stick to black/brown, maybe grey or blue. Start with black, though.
Sock booties are technically a version of ankle boots, but I want to highlight them on their own here, only because I LOVE the one I recently got from Aldo. It’s a versatile boot, and I actually think sock booties are more versatile when it comes to wearing them denim and pants. See below how I styled them with 4 different pants
Finally, we have ankle boots. From combat boots to everything else that’s around your ankle 🤣. These can be a bit more tricky to wear with your pants or denim but can still be done. Depending on the shaft height of the boot also, I don’t love true ankle booties with dresses. I think they can cut off your leg in a weird way. My workaround is to either visually wear longer dresses to draw the eyes down or wear the same color tights as I did with my combat boots above.
Unpopular opinion here also, I don’t like the ankle cutout bootie (don’t come for me 🤷🏻♀️☠️). But, see, remember style is unique to each, and it’s all okay!
Tip: Same pants, same shoes. The difference here is the length of the pants. For most body types with any ankle bootie, your pants should be cropped right above your ankle.
Here are two different types of pants with different boots. Sock booties typically look best worn UNDER your pants, UNLESS they are skinny jeans (both over and under skinny jeans look good). For true ankle booties, pant hem should hit right above the boot (see below how to crop if they are longer). If your boot is knee-high, OTK, or has a higher shaft, always tuck inside pants inside your boot.
To cuff or not to cuff? At the end of the day, I think it will come down to personal preference. My opinion? For someone who is borderline petite (I’m 5’3), I would not. Cuffing can look bulky and add unnecessary weight to your legs, and unless you cuff them juuuuust right, it can cut off your legs, making you look shorter. If you need to cuff, I would only cuff your skinny jeans and cuff OUTSIDE IN (just like I did in the right side image with the peep-toe bootie and skinny black jeans).
Before I forget too, round vs. pointy toe; which one is better? Again, I think that will be a personal choice. Both are classics and there is no right or wrong answer. For me, pointy-toe tends to be a bit dressier vs round-toe tends to be a bit more casual (not always the case, but as a general rule). I think it’s great to have a mixture of both so you can have it all but without having 15 different pairs of boots.
Okay, that’s all for now. I know this is a bit lengthy, but I want to make sure I give you all the tools you need visually and written out! I really love creating these BYOW posts, and I hope you’re enjoying them and learning too to make the best out of your closet! Tag me when you style your outfits!!
Thank you for stopping by, have a great day!
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