CROC OF AGES
It's actually stamped leather in a subtle, carefully shaded color.
H Williams, $815; Plaza Too, NYC; 212-924-2180
COMFORT: BLUE HEAVEN
Cloud-walk to work in flat knee-highs with fall's signature three-buckle look. Aerosoles, $160; Aerosoles.com
GREAT BUY: TRIPLE PLAY
This shapely version (with those ubiquitous buckles) is a cheap thrill. Merona, $45; Target.com
A suede boot acquires a slimming patent stripe. Curations with Stefani Greenfield, $250; HSN.com
A surprisingly tasteful studded boot: tall, flat, black. It's punk with a better attitude.
Daniblack, $295; ShoeBox, NYC; 212-937-5750
Running-shoe technology makes a good-looking stacked heel a dream for the feet. Cole Haan, $498; ColeHaan.com
FLEX AND THE CITY
A leather boot has convenient elastic side panels for on-and-off ease.
Corso Como, $285; Anthropologie; 800-309-2500 for stores
GREAT BUY: FEELING SHEEPISH
It's faux, but no less cozy than the real deal (and a lot more affordable). Payless, $45; Payless.com
COMFORT: GOOD MILEAGE
A suede knee-high with a flat rubber sole will be your go-to weekend boot—guaranteed. Ecco, $200; EccoUSA.com
BEYOND THE PALE
This tender blush is not the usual boot neutral. It will put spring in your winter.
Fratelli Rossetti, $720; 212-888-5107
GREAT BUY: HOT CHOCOLATE
Instead of black, try the more casual warmth of a brown boot. Dexter for Payless, $45; Payless.com
A LEG UP
The vertical seam on this supple leather wedge generates a long, slim line. Belle by Sigerson Morrison, $495; SigersonMorrison.com
This close-fitting pull-on has a sexy vibe—more like fishnets than boots. White House Black Market, $118; WhiteHouseBlackMarket.com
A juicy hue punches up a traditional style."Carson Pull On," The Frye Company, $348; TheFryeCompany.com
A staple motorcyle boot gives an edge to feminine frocks.
"Darcy boot," Michael Michael Kors, $285, Macy's; 800-622-9748
All Buttoned Up
A touch of turn-of-the-century for turning heads."Summer," Miz Mooz, $220; InfinityShoes.com
Aren't Ya Plaid
Sophisticated and sturdy riding boots make the grade with a preppy polish."Vira II" in wool fabric, Etienne Aigner, $181; Shoes.com
Trim and Proper
Soft touches and a stacked heel make a grand entrance.Bruno Frisoni, $1,026; BrunoFrisoni.com for stores
This ruched suede can also be folded up over the knee."Bonnie," $100; BakersShoes.comO's Complete Boot Guide:
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