October 18, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Bethany Cantor
We already gave you expert tips on how to care for your boots so they’ll last for years to come; now it’s time to stock up on a few inexpensive accessories that will make boot season a breeze.
1. Bootights by Shelby Mason
Are you the girl who always wears tights and socks inside your boots? We are, too! That’s why we were thrilled to discover bootights. These innovative, made-in-America tights are not only comfortable, but also, they totally simplify cold-weather dressing. Each pair is made of soft, durable fabric with a no-roll waistband at the top. At the bottom, is a moisture-wicking sock sewn right to the tights. No more pulling up your socks all day or slipping around in your boots while just wearing tights. Bootights come in several varieties made for any boot height.
Buy them now, $30-$45
2. Foot Petals
Even our most comfortable boots can leave us with sore feet at the end of the day — especially our favorite heeled pairs. That’s where foot petals come in. They use technogel to ease your aches and pains. The gel absorbs the shock of taking a step and there are foot petals for the balls of your feet, your heels, and even a design that cushions your whole foot. Whether you’re out apple picking, hiking, or holiday shopping, these little foot-savers are a must!
Buy them now, $9 and up
3. Leather Cleaner
If you’re anything like us — your boots take a beating every season. What can we say? We love to wear them everywhere we go and, sadly, it shows. To make sure your boots look new at the end of a good trudge, pick up a quality leather cleaner like this one from The Leather Spa. This non-chemical product can be used to spot treat your favorite footwear and remove any pesky stains.
Buy it now, $13
4. Inner Bootie Inflatable Boot Shapers
Don’t leave all your tall boots crumpled in the closet. These creative, inflatable shapers will keep them looking good as new all season long!
Buy them now, $5
5. Woodlore Cedar Shoe Fresh Inserts
No one likes to admit it, but those shoes you wear all the time — they might be a little smelly come mid-winter. With drastic changes in temperature as we go from chilly walks to warm offices, sweat and odor are bound to build up in boots. Neutralize unwelcome smells with these inserts. Each breathable cotton bag is filled with fresh cedar chips that will conquer any smells lurking in your favorite booties.
October 4, 2013 at 8:00 am , by Maggie Niemiec
We love a good wedge heel, and lucky for us wedge boots and booties are totally on-trend for fall. Click through for the best picks in stores and online right now. You can bet we’ll snatch up a pair (or two!).
Steven Meter Bootie
August 30, 2013 at 8:00 am , by Bethany Cantor
If you’re anything like us, you’re a little boot obsessed. But, all that boot love is tough on a working girl’s wallet. Enter these 15 beauties–they’re chic, gorgeous, and budget-friendly finds that’ll make for a very stylish autumn.
AEO Triple Buckle Boot
August 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm , by Amanda Wolfe
Okay, so they probably won’t last forever. But buying a new pair of boots is a big investment—even cheaper boots aren’t usually cheap, especially if they’re real leather. (For the record, they should be leather if you want to wear them for more than a season.) After you fork over your hard-earned cash for a cute new pair, there are some easy steps you can take to keep your boots looking like new, or at least aging gracefully. So we asked David Mesquita of Leather Spa in New York City to spill his secrets. Busting out the shoe polish isn’t the most exciting way to spend a Saturday afternoon, but getting years of wear out your sexy boots is definitely worth it.
The rules for general upkeep: Condition the leather periodically (2-3 times per season) and finish with a water and stain repellant spray. FYI: Water-proofing your boots once when you buy them, or at the beginning of the season, isn’t actually enough if you wear them all the time. For tall boots, you really do need to get inserts (or stuff with paper) to keep them upright and prevent weird creasing. We like these genius blow-up boot shapers that deflate (and don’t take up tons of space) when you don’t need them. And always be sure to store your boots in a well-ventilated area.
When your boots get dirty or worn: First you want to clean the leather by wiping off any dirt or dust. Use a slightly damp (not wet!) sponge or leather cleaner. If the color is faded, try using a colored cream or polish. Some creams also condition so you can skip the leather conditioner if you go that route. If you use polish, go old school and brush and buff your shoes after wiping off polish to get that new-leather shine. For non-leather boots, use a sponge to clean them with water and a mild detergent. If your boots get creased, you can’t actually de-crease but you can make them look less worn by using your leather polish in the same shade as your boots to fill in the color.
What if your boots get totally soaked in a snowy, salty, slushy winter mess: You have a one-to-two-day window to clean them before the stains set in. Never dry leather boots with a hair dryer or any other heat source! Instead, stuff with newspaper to help absorb the water (replace as needed) and air dry. For salt and stains, combine 1/3 cup white vinegar with 1 cup water and apply with a sponge or paper towel. If your at-home triage doesn’t work, it’s time to call the professionals but take your boots in asap. The longer the stains sink in, the less chance you have of saving them.
What to do about stinky boots: Always wear socks or tights if you can. If you do go barefoot in your booties, sprinkle powder (we like Gold Bond) in the shoes before wearing them. If they’ve really gotten smelly (hey, it happens), try Leather Spa’s Odor Bloc which helps kill the bacteria that make your shoes smell.
November 9, 2012 at 11:49 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
We have already seen the temperature drop and some snow fall here in NYC (among other insane weather patterns happening recently). Now is the time to run out and grab any winter essentials you might need before it gets any colder. The most important thing for me is that these items are not only functional (ie. keep me from freezing to death) but also fashionable (I mean, it is my job). Here are my function meets fashion picks!
Coats: I have never owned a puffy coat which is weird seeing that I lived on the east coast my whole life. Whenever I tried to wear one I always felt like a Oompa Loompa. But I recently checked out this Uniqlo one and I love how it’s cut a bit thinner and not as bulky. Classic wool coats are always wonderful options too. Toggle coats like this one at Madewell seem to be popular this season. J. Crew, not surprisingly, has some fantastic options as well. I like this blush colored stadium coat.
Boots: Cute, cold weather boots are hard to find. Especially if you want something warm, classic, and understated (not clunky or overly furry). I am eying these uniquely-cool looking Sorel boots. These will be perfect to get me around the city on wintery days yet won’t look like I am wearing straight-up snow boots all day. To me these are a perfect mix of fashion meets function. My coworker was rocking these Ugg boot yesterday which is another great boot option!
Accessories: When it comes to hats, scarves, and gloves I can’t have enough. My go-to resources for all these items is Echo. They’re affordable, available at departments stores and online, and have such a wide selection of classic and fun items. Gap always has a great selection as well. Techy gloves are a genius idea that we covered years ago but they’re still around and obviously popular so you can communicate and not get frostbite. Another big trend is fur. I say go for faux for ethical or financial reasons. I like these wraps from Restoration Hardware (random, I know, but how cute!) I’m also digging this faux-fur headband from American Eagle. Both will have you looking glamorous and warm.
And don’t forget to go through your old winter items and donate them to people in need!
October 12, 2011 at 9:10 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
Sometimes when we work on stories we fall in love with too many boots. Here are some of my favorites that didn’t make the cut for our boot story in our November issue — we love them equally as much as the ones that did!
November 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm , by Gabrielle Porcaro
Boot shopping is always so frustrating for me because my calves are rather large. Do you know of any places that sell boots with extended widths? — Zoe
I’ve discussed this before in a post last year and like I said then, it’s definitely a question that I get asked a lot, especially this time of year. I can’t personally relate to this problem but I think every lady (and possibly guy) has their version of the wide-calf. We all have that item that we yearn for that our body just doesn’t cooperate with. Well ladies you aren’t forced to wear ankle or combat style boots the rest of your life — there are options out there!
I sent one of my “well-endowed calf” friends to check out the Naturalizer store. Naturalizer has always had a large selection of wide shaft boots but now 90 percent of their boots are offered in that size. Note: extended-width boots usually measures 18 inches but if you get a pair with an elastic panel you could get it to stretch a bit wider. My friend had a great experience and was impressed with the selection. She even recommended them to her mom, who was equally impressed.
You can also check out my fall boot story for a great selection of boots for legs of all shapes and sizes!