How To Wear: Combat Boots

There is little as fiercely fashionable as a sleek and well-structured boot. A wide variety of designers are blurring the gender lines by adding an ultra feminine twist to the traditionally hyper masculine silhouette of the iconic combat boot. For a subtly subversive style, these fashion-forward boots can’t be beat. I have a go-to pair in my closet that I wore pretty consistently through the last fall season. You can wear them with anything from skinny jeans and shorts to dresses and skirts.

Here are a few cool styles we recommend…

 

Frye Women’s Lucy Lace Up High Heel Boot

Thanks to its unconventional shape, theblack Frye Lucy Lace Up high heel boot at Infinity Shoes simultaneously evokes prim Victorian style and in-your-face punk rock attitude. The silhouette is sleeker than a traditional combat boot, and the long, lean lines of the stacked heel narrow it even further. Extra-long laces wrap above the ankle, creating a flatteringly demure profile. Wear these Frye Boots with opaque black tights and a body-hugging long-sleeved minidress for a look that is covered up and sexy all at once.

Dr. Martens Women’s 1460 8 Eye Victorian Flowers Lace-Up Boot

Dr. Martens Boots have long been an iconic style staple in the wardrobe of any forward-thinking fashionista. The 1460 8 Eye Victorian Flowers Lace-Up Bootsretains the sturdy structure of a traditional Dr. Martens boot, but adds a distinctly feminine twist with its lush floral pattern. Match these up with cutoff denim shorts, a white tank top, and a loose flannel shirt for a stunning contrast that evokes the nineties heyday of the Dr. Martens brand.

Miz Mooz Women’s Body Lace-Up Boot

Some boots embrace the masculine/feminine dichotomy through choice of fabrics. Others do it through contrast. The Body Lace-Up Boot pairs a durable black rubber exterior with a luxuriously padded print lining tocreate a combination of soft and rugged textures that is thought-provoking and irresistible. Wear these Miz Mooz Boots with a flirty feminine floral minidress and a structured cropped leather motorcycle jacket to further emphasize the difference between toughness and vulnerability.

What would YOU wear with combat boots?

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Dansko Nat Lace-Up Leather Boots Review

We received the Dansko Nat lace up leather boots last month to review and we’re pretty smitten so far.

First impression is that they are very sturdy and supportive, like all Dansko footwear. I love the studs and cute design on the toe. Overall, these are a really stylish and classy choice for Fall.

If you are looking for a shorter boot to wear with your entire Fall wardrobe, these fit the bill. They have a convenient side zipper, adjustable elastic gusset on side and adjustable laces for a truly customized fit. The heel is solid and has great balance and they are very easy to walk in. If you are looking for a little bit of height, without compromising your footing, these are the perfect choice.

SIZING: I normally wear a size 7 – 7.5 in most shoes. In Dansko, I wear a size 38 which is equivalent to a 7.5 or 8. I find that sizing up works best with Dansko, especially if they are a style you can wear socks with.

COMFORT: If you purchase the right size, you will find Dansko shoes to be extremely comfortable. They have a molded footbed that conforms to your feet. I have never had a problem with Dansko footwear rubbing or requiring a break-in period.

SUPPORT: These boots, like most Dansko styles, have very good arch support. If you do not like arch support, these may not be a great choice for you. I would recommend trying them on in a store instead of purchasing them online. The tall boot shaft lends great support to weak ankles and is an excellent choice for someone who wouldn’t normally wear heels because of the fear of discomfort and inconvenience. You will have so much confidence while wearing these boots.

OVERALL: Overall, I would definitely recommend these boots, especially to Dansko fans who are familiar with the feel and fit of Dansko footwear. I love the stylish studs, the lace up detail and the cute design on the top of the toe area. These are really cute and quite versatile.

You can wear them with skinny jeans tucked in, skinny jeans rolled up, boot cut jeans, leggings, tights, skirts, dresses and even shorts! Check out our post How To Wear Dansko Nat Lace-Up Boots for more ideas on how to wear these boots.

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Today’s Outfit: Dansko Nat with Skull Skirt

Happy Halloween everyone! What are YOU wearing today? Are you getting dressed up in a costume or are you to busy dressing your kids up for Trick or Treat?

Today, I’m wearing a mid-length turquoise skull-print crepe skirt with a black cotton blouse, cinched at the waist with a braided leather belt. The outfit was designed around the Dansko Nat lace up boots.

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Trend Alert: Motorcycle Biker Chick

You’ve seen it before and you’ll see it again! It’s one of this Fall’s hottest trends and it’s not going anywhere. The biker chic look is becoming a classic! Put together this look correctly and no one will suspect you don’t own your own motorcycle.


Jennifer Anniston rocking the biker chic trend

 

What biker inspired items are in your wardrobe already?

5 Boots You Need for Fall

From ankle boots to thigh-highs and everything in between, boots are a fashion staple for fall – and you’ll want to get your hands on at least one of these pairs before cooler temperatures hit!

1. Journee Collection ‘Leland’ Booties, $69.99, Kohl’s

Pair these slouchy booties with your favorite pair of skinny jeans for a look that’s casual yet cool.

2. Naughty Monkey ‘Shout Out’ Boots, $34.99, 6pm.com

These cool kicks will keep your feet out of the mud and muck while looking stylish, too!

3. Volatile ‘Hustle’ Boots, $80.99, Zappos

The leopard print lining and studded buckle detailing makes these boots perfect with distressed jeans and a white t-shirt.

4. Brinley Co. ‘Dinkim 01′, $42.95, Shoe Buy

Sexy and chic, these knee-high boots would be killer with your favorite little black dress or a skirt/blouse combo.

5. Buckled Lace-Up Boots, $36.80, Forever21

Available in two fall shades, these lace-up boots are the perfect go-to shoes for your casual separates.

Which of these boots are calling your name?

Fall Shoe Trends for 2011

Update your fall shoe wardrobe for 2011 with a few of the hottest trends in footwear right now. From brights to snakeskin and bordeaux to loafers, check out our picks for the must-have shoes this season.

Snakeskin

For a sophisticated take on this exotic pattern, go for a t-strap platform shoe like
this one
from Sofft. This gorgeous color goes with pretty much everything, and features an adjustable buckle and stacked heel for comfort. ($111.95.)

 

 

 

Brights

For a sexy take on the classic pump, check out this fire engine red heel from
Me Too
. A platform heel, gorgeous red suede and a classic pump silhouette combine to make this shoe one of the hottest pairs you can rock this season. ($98.)

 

 

 

Loafers

Comfortable and classic, loafers can also be surprisingly modern. For proof, check out this pair from
Minnetonka
. Available in white, mocha, carmel, champagne, and black, you can buy one or two pairs for a go-to pair of classic kicks that are as comfy as they are stylish! ($54)

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux

A rich, gorgeous burgundy is the perfect color for fall.
This adorable pair
of flats from Born offers incredible comfort and style with the cute bow that adorns the top. With a rubber outsole, fabric and leather lining and a 3/8″ heel, these shoes will quickly become one of your go-to styles this season. ($94)

 

Lace Up Boots

You didn’t think I’d forget to mention boots, did you? I love fall specifically because it’s boot weather, and this season’s lace up boot trend is right up my alley. I especially like
this pair
from Skechers. They’re a little edgy without trying too hard, and I love overlay accents and detailed stitching. Worn with your favorite pair of jeans or thrown over a pair of tights and a skirt, these boots will definitely take you places. ($85.95)

 

 

Which shoe trend is your favorite for this season?

 


Review: Born ‘Carolina’ Lace-Up Leather Boots

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The Born Carolina lace-up boot is the first pair of boots I’ve added to my Fall 2009 wardrobe.

These boots are very unique, yet surprisingly versatile. If you don’t have any lace-up boots, you should definitely consider these. For me, they were am absolute must-have for my Fall ’09 / Winter ’10 shoe collection. They are one of the best pairs of lace up boots you can invest in this season. I decided this based on style, comfort, value for the money, and versatility.

Style: Unique, slightly Victorian look completely modernized with buckles and tri colored details. The Born Carolina comes in Mudd (as shown above) as well as Truffle, a dark brown color. I think these boots are very unique and eye-catching.

Comfort: If you aren’t familiar with Børn shoes, then you need to yourself a pair asap. Born is another one of my favorite brands of comfort footwear. These boots are nice because the 2 ¾ inch heel is just enough height to make them cute and give you a little lift, yet they are comfortable enough to wear all day long. And don’t worry about tying laces, these actually have a hidden zipper on the inside of each boot for easy on and off.

Value: Born shoes are a tremendous value for the money because they are extremely well made shoes that will last through many seasons. They have many handcrafted styles, made from premium leathers and featuring fine details.

Versatility: These boots are more versatile than you think. As you can see, I’m wearing them with boyfriend jeans rolled up to show off the lace-up font and cute buckles. They would also look cute with cropped zip jeans or “Not Your Daughter’s Jeans” Rolled-Up Ankle Jeans. I can even see wearing these with a long skirt like this adorable Three Dots Jersey Colette Long Skirt or these cute Skinny Jeans.

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Børn shoes are well known for their Opanka hand-sewn construction. They have a special technique where they hand sew the upper, sock lining and outsole together in a single process. Not only does this method make Børn shoes extremely flexible, it also creates a natural cushioning effect. As a result, the under foot conforms and rebounds with every movement, providing a consistently comfortable environment.

Most Born shoes are made with traditional Opanka construction. However they have enhanced and expanded the Opanka construction over the years. All of their constructions are based on Opanka though because that is their heritage and what people have come to love about this brand.

This particular style is available in whole and half sizes. I purchased a size 7 and they fit perfectly. If you plan to wear them with thick socks, you may consider purchasing 1/2 size larger than your normal shoe size. As you can see from the Marc Jacobs Fall 2009 runway, wearing Lace-Up Boots with thick, legwarmer-inspired socks with leggings is a big look for this season.

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