by KELLI WEMPLE
Missoula’s 40 year old downtown retail footwear, more space has been dedicated to boots than ever before, with an increased variety of styles, heights and colors that are on display just this year.
80 DIFFERENT STYLES AND COLOR COMBINATIONS.
Among the available inventory are: Short and tall fashion boots in smooth and suede leather styles, boots with straps and brass hardware or zippers and buttons; fancy boots with high heels, more casual boots with low heels; western inspired boots, cozy sheepskin boots and wool-lined boots. For practical purposes there are fashionable waterproof boots, functional winter boots, American-made work-boots and the list goes on and on…
This time of year, functionality aside, boots are often the centerpiece of any fabulous outfit. On chilly days, boots make skirts wearable. They also give polish to jeans and add a down-to-earth feel to more delicate pieces. Boots increase the versatility of your clothes, and every woman should have a pair or two or three…
Here are a few fashion tips to help you pull together a great cool-weather outfit:
When pairing a fuller skirt with high-heeled boots, the look is more refined for your hem to fall just over the top of your boot. With a fitted shape, allow a few inches between your hem and your boot.
Wear thigh-high stilettos with a mini or wear flatter boots. Either way, consider wearing tights, you’ll look more conservative and pulled together. Wear chunkier boots (wedges) with longer styles, but save your beat up boots for jeans!
Wear ankle boots with pants. They slip on easily under your pants and don’t feel restrictive on your legs, or for an ultramodern edge and even more popular — a lower cut called the “shootie.” Slouch boots go well with skinny pants & leggings or tuck those inside taller boots for a glamorous air.
Visit any online fashion website for more ideas and to browse for the numerous styles available to choose something that would suit your taste. Sometimes you have to look at a lot of styles before you find something you like.
Hide and Sole Tip:
Be extra careful about buying boots from a catalog or online store since every boot (and shoe) fits differently and really needs to be tried on. There are extra potential problems in the way a boot will fit your foot, your ankle and especially your calf. So it really is best to shop locally or in a store where you can try on as many different styles, cuts, widths and heights as possible. Take your time in choosing the best combination of at least four criteria: fit, comfort, price and looks. And remember, if you find the right combination, just give yourself the BOOT!