You could easily spend a small fortune just trying to keep up with all of this season’s trends. Especially if you’re trying to purchase trendy versions of pricier fall staples, such as a great pair of fall boots, it can add up quick. Trying to stay trendy will lead to some tricky financial decisions, especially for those of us with little self-control. Like, f*ck electricity and running water! Who needs a roof over their head when you’ve instead got the designer “it” boot of the season, right??? Wrong, very wrong. In general, you all already know that trends are not exactly worth investing your hard-earned dollars into, and new pairs of trendy fall boots are no exception. That being said, in order to help you avoid the nail-biting decision of whether to buy groceries for the week or those snakeskin boots you keep seeing all over Instagram, here are affordable alternatives for each of the fall boot trends.
1. Glossy Crocodile
Simmi London Katarina Blush Croc Block Boots, $72
You may have read the name of this trend and been like, “uh, wtf is that?” But I guarantee that once you saw my suggested pick you understood EXACTLY the trend I’m talking about. This is because the “glossy croc” trend is currently seizing Insta feeds all across our great nation, with every blogger, influencer, and girl with a #ootd pic positing in some iteration of the trend. The glossy croc boot is primarily done in a dark color or a jewel-tone shade, but I’m loving this version of the fall boot trend I’ve selected for you in a muted blush. Plus, I doubt all the Jessicas from high school with basic fashion blogs already have this pale pink version.
Chinese Laundry ‘Rosa’ Slouch Boot, $99.95
Okay, so you can do this slouchy boot trend two different ways: a casual slouch or an exaggerated slouch. The boot I’ve selected for you is more of a casual, everyday slouch. However, for those of you out there who are extra, then the over-the-knee oversized exaggerated slouch is an extra cool take on the trend. I highly recommend getting yourself one of each version.
3. Animal Print
Coconuts by Matisse ‘Ramble’ Bootie, $95
We’ve already discussed at length how animal print is THE fall trend of fall trends for 2019. That being said, it should come as no surprise that this trend is also a go-to print right now for fall boots as well. Everything animal print is trending: from leopard to snake to tiger to zebra to cow, it’s all happening. I personally recommend opting for a leopard print or a snake print boot because they tend to be more timeless and neutral and, therefore, will go the most seamlessly with the rest of your fall wardrobe.
Vivi Western Ankle Boot, $72.95
One of my favorite fall boots trends this season is the western boot. This is because, unlike last year’s big trend of sock boots, western style boots are wider around the leg and thus way more flattering because they create the illusion of thinner legs (which I’m always here for). I think the western boot is a flirty feminine trend to embrace this season—just make sure you keep the rest of your outfit chic and polished so you don’t cross into sorority-girl-at-her-first-country-concert territory. Basically, just leave the flannel and cowgirl hat at home and you’ll be fine.
5. Square Toe
RAID Kaiya Black Square Toe Boots, $52.99
A more recent Instagram phenomenon is the square toe trend. This trend has infiltrated all categories in the shoe arena, with fall boots being a major target. This trend is slated to continue well into spring, so if you do want to splurge, this is probably the trend in which to do so. But then again, there’s really no need because the boots I’ve selected for you are amaze. Unless you’re Anna Wintour herself, you probs don’t need the real life Bottega Veneta version all the celebs are wearing.
Whichever fall boot trend you do decide to go with, you really can’t go wrong. You can only go wrong if you spend $1,500 on a pair of aforementioned trendy designer boots. And hey, if you want to, just go ahead and buy all five pairs of the affordable versions and totally justify purchasing them all because the total cost is less than 1/3 of the designer ones, then go for it! Your secret’s safe with me.
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