This fall and winter, I decided to give a little extra love to one part of my wardrobe: my shoes! More specifically, my boots!
My goal was to create a small, varied collection that felt lively and a little playful, while also prioritizing comfort and practicality. I put a lot of care into the process, and now I’m so proud — they are like a little art collection.
Since then, I’ve been getting some questions on the subject: What basic pairs should I start with? How do I decide on colors? What should I buy if I can only get one pair? What’s your favorite boot brand?
So today is all about boots! Building a boot collection takes time, but it shouldn’t be complicated. If you’re looking to rebuild your boot collection this year, here’s how I would approach it, in 3 simple steps.
STEP 1 | Start with the basics — and to me, that means one black pair and one brown pair of boots that are versatile enough to wear with just about anything. Plus, a black and brown color palette is easy to integrate into most wardrobe styles.
I look for details like a lower heel (comfort first!), leather-wrapped heel (to add a touch of chic), and minimalist design (to maximize versatility).
Tip: If you’re looking to get just one great pair of boots to serve as the foundation of your collection, I’d suggest going with a pair of versatile black booties, like these (pictured below). The pointy-but-not-too-pointy toe and sculptural, leather-wrapped heel dresses this boot up a bit, but at the same time, it’s still a plain black boot — meaning it strikes that perfect balance between dressy and casual.
Try it: Pick one black boot and one brown boot below and you’ll have your basics covered.
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STEP 2 | Next, increase the functionality of your collection with a pair of weather boots.
Admittedly, I’m no snow boot expert. I live in Texas where we’re lucky to get one dusting of snow each winter. You may have different needs than me when it comes to weather boots.
But you also might be interested to know that, as a gal who only has one pair of weather boots, this pair does it all for me. Cute, comfortable, minimal, warm, and dry.
Tip: Looking for warm socks? These are my favorite merino wool socks that stay up all day and feel super soft.
Try it: Pick one weather boot below and then head on to the final step. You’re almost done!
STEP 3 | Finally, round out your collection with one or two fun booties. Bright white, lace-up, and snakeskin booties are my favorite right now when it comes to making a statement.
Tip: My favorite brand of shoe right now is Vagabond Shoemakers. They look designer, but they come in around $150; plus they are a sustainable company. I have two pairs (Olivia in black and Mya in white) and am so impressed with the quality and design for the price point. This isn’t a sponsored post or ad, I’m just excited to have found a good shoe company.
Try it: Pick one or two below, then your boot collection is complete!
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And there you have it! A practical, versatile, and fun boot collection, made up of four or five boots: 1 black pair, 1 brown pair, 1 weather boot, and then 1 or 2 fun pairs. A good boot collection doesn’t need to be extensive, it just needs to work for your lifestyle and needs.
Your turn! How is your current boot situation working? Are you all set, or are you planning to do some rebuilding? Cold climate dwellers, do you have any other weather boot recommendations? And fun question: what’s your favorite kind of statement boot to wear? (I’ll go first — white boots!)