Not-So-Basic Black Boots

Photo by Cameron Gee
Photo by Cameron Gee

Once again, it’s boot season. Sartorially speaking, it’s one of the most gratifying times of the year—because somehow the right pair is enough to refresh your mood and last year’s outfits. And since black boots have long been a wardrobe staple (of all the pairs cluttering closets, they’re surely reached for the most), we canvassed local stores to check out the newest crop. In the sea of supple leather, soft suede and shiny patent; thigh-scrapers, stacked heels and classic Chelsea styles, one thing was steadfast: an overwhelming majority of them boasted heels and heel heights that are practical. Which means you can perfectly and easily maneuver office hallways, holiday errands and cocktail parties—wherever the season takes you. And no matter which pair you prefer or which style might be missing from your closet, a comfortable, versatile, great-looking boot awaits. We’ve gathered six of the best.

The Over-the-Knee (pictured above)

Dolce Vita Chance Over-The-Knee Boot, $209

Thigh-high suede flawlessly balances shorter hemlines and readily takes center stage when worn over jeans and leggings. Also on the model, AG The Middi ankle jeans, $225, and Fifteen Twenty long-sleeve shirttail tee, $89.

All from Alysa Rene Boutique in Park Place

ss_nov_es_boot1Photo by Cameron Gee Photo by Cameron Gee

The New Combat

Rag & Bone Shelby Boot, $695

Reminiscent of the ’90s grunge trend, but way more luxe thanks to sleek zippers and a higher heel.

Standard Style on the Country Club Plaza and at Town Center Crossing


The Chelsea Boot

Frances Valentine Milly Patent Leather Boots, $495

Shiny patent makes the familiar classic we all know and love fresh, modern, and virtually waterproof.

Halls on Grand in Crown Center


The Textured Bootie

Kanna Cut-Out Overlay, $170

Leather rings laid over suede spawn a decadent texture that gives dresses and denim a handsome edge.

Bob Jones Shoes in the Crossroads


The Riding Boot

Regarde Le Ciel Annette Tall Boot, $140

Never underestimate the power of a timeless knee-high boot (so versatile). This pair has stretchy panels along the calf for an especially comfy fit.

Bob Jones Shoes in the Crossroads


The Chunky Heel

Tory Burch Sidney, $425

The slim-fitting stretchy ankle shaft layers seamlessly under skinny jeans and hugs tights and leggings for a polished look; the flared heel adds

a ’70s vibe.

Halls on Grand in Crown Center