Every fall, I long for a new pair of boots. I see boots the way I see purses: They are an investment piece you should be prepared to spend good money on in order to ensure the pair are high quality and long-lasting.
After all, next to your handbag and your coat, your pair of boots is what you’ll probably be seen in the most. Unlike high heels, which I destroy rather quickly, and therefore don’t invest top dollar in, boots you wear over and over again for the better part of three seasons.
When I moved to Washington two years ago this Fall, my mother bought me a stunning pair of camel Frye boots as a gift.
Last winter, I decided camel was insufficient and went on a crusade for the perfect pair of black boots. Black boots, I believe, are the biggest challenge—it’s nearly impossible to find an affordable pair that doesn’t look cheap and pleathery. Also, most of them are super heavy on the hardware, whether intentionally billed as motorcycle boots or not.
This winter, I’m after brown riding boots in a lighter, rich shade, which, like camel, will go with all shades of outerwear, whether black, brown, navy, grey or white.
Selma Riding Boot, $495, Tory Burch.
Pour La Victorie Marine Riding Boot, $425, Bloomingdales.
Madwell Archive Leather Boots, $298, Shop Bop.
Corso Como Richmond, $199, Piperlime.