Boot Worthy

September 23, 2007 • Magazine

Boot Worthy

Boot Worthy

Sun, 2007-09-23 15:00

Jacqueline Zenn

Some items are worth investing in — a classic handbag, quality cashmere, that perfectly tailored suit, and if you live in an area that has reasonably cold winters, a great pair of boots. After all, the right boot can put a swing in your step and lend you that added boost of confidence that makes any outfit extra special.

High-heeled knee boots are timeless, especially when done in a suede or leather in a neutral color. If you’re looking for a high-end pair to invest in, go for something simple and relatively unadorned, because anything with tons of embellishment or hardware is likely to appear dated next season. This nappa leather Cole Haan pair would be a wonderful choice. Also, remember the cost-per-wear formula: divide the price of an item by the number of times you’ll wear in order to find the true cost. If you wear a pair of $800 boots forty times over the course of the winter, the cost per wear is only $20. And that’s just one season! (Hey, at the very least it’s an excellent way to justify a splurge).

If you want something that’s a little bit unusual, these slightly slouchy Pedro Garcia suede boots would definitely add a special touch to any outfit. The dove gray suede is a versatile alternative to the typical black or brown shades, particularly if you wear lots of black or rich jewel tones. If ankle boots are more your thing (and let’s face it, this style is a huge trend this fall), these Nanette Lepore booties with the knotted detail are classic enough to remain wearable once the current short boot craze has passed.

For those of you who prefer flats to heels, a sleek pair like this one by Theory is an ideal basic — they are graceful enough to wear with something fairly dressy, unlike most flat styles. Want a more dramatic look? These Anna Sui over the knee boots are utterly glamorous despite their lack of height — in fact, a higher heel would probably cross that that thin line between sexy and trampy.

Regardless of the pair you select, a well-made boot in a style you adore is a worthy investment. After all, you’re probably going to be wearing them for most of the winter (and a good part of fall as well), so why not splurge on something you love? You’re definitely worth it.

Cole Haan ‘Adrianna’ Tall Boot

Pedro Garcia Xaide Suede Boot

Nanette Lepore ‘Beau Monde’ Ankle Boot

Theory Shoes Corina Flat Boot

Anna Sui Over the Knee Boot

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