Things we love – boots on a budget (Part 5): boots just for fun

So now that your stockings are hung by your chimney with care and your closet has been filled with our three essential boots for the season (read about those here, here and here), you may find yourself looking for ways to spend your leftover boot budget on even more boots. Or more likely this time of year, you might be looking for some boots on which other people – i.e. family, friends, Santa – can spend some money for you.

Here are my choices for best ‘just for fun’ boots on a budget.*

*For purposes of this post I considered ‘on a budget’ to be near or below $100.

First up, the Very Volatile Houston Boot:


Why we love it: I think this boot is totally adorbs. It’s western without being a traditional cowboy boot. It has a comfy stacked heel and the cognac color is super-versatile. Wear with a cream-colored sweater dress and gray tights for a great alternative to the all-black winter uniform.

Next, the Sbicca Haylen Knee-High Boot:


Why we love it: I bought a pair of gray, knee-high boots last year and I have worn the heck (yes, I just said heck) out of them. They go with everything. Seriously. Everything. And this particular pair will, too. Wear with a cozy, slouchy navy-blue sweater and either blue or black skinny jeans for instant casual chicness.

Next is the Nine West Peekaboo Ankle Boot:


Why we love it: Confession – I saw a similar pair of booties on a friend’s sister last fall and have been obsessed with them ever since. She was totally rocking them with skinny blue jeans and a black boyfriend blazer over a simple black tank. So cool. I obviously had no choice but to copy her and get a pair of my very own. Wear them like she did or with black opaque tights and skirts like I do.

And finally, the Nine West Fountain Boot:


Why we love it: I don’t currently own any flat ankle boots. I KNOW – I’m shocked, too. I’m loving the light taupe suede and fun buckle detailing on this pair. And because I’m tired of doing actual legal work this afternoon, here’s a visual representation I put together of how I would wear these boots:

Nine West Fountain Boot Outfit

(And by doing so I’ve not only convinced myself that I desperately need these boots, I’ve also convinced myself I desperately need the rest of this outfit, too. Way to go Brakefield. Will your wallet EVER catch a break??)

Here’s hoping your wallet has been luckier than mine this holiday season and you can squeeze one or two more pairs of boots into your budget and closet this year. Merry Shopping!!


About Shea Brakefield

Lawyer for pay. Fashion crimefighter for free. View all posts by Shea Brakefield

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