Most people consider Labor Day weekend to be the official marker that summer is over and fall has begun. If you’re a purist, though, summer isn’t over until September 23, 2019. However, just because the calendar now says September doesn’t mean Mother Nature agrees that it’s fall. It’s still been hot outside, far from that crisp, cool, pumpkin spice weather we’ve been waiting for since June. So, given the major discrepancy between the actual temperature and society’s consensus on what season we’re in, figuring out what the hell to wear is a daily struggle. It’s like, according to the weather I could get away with open-toed shoes, but at the same time, I understand it’s no longer socially acceptable to wear my best summer wedges at this point. That being said, in my never-ending duty to help make your morning routine somewhat easier, I’ve compiled a list of the best transitional boots to get you through this weird-ass time.
1. Chinese Laundry Davianna Bootie, $79.95
These amazing snakeskin boots are an ideal transitional shoe that you can wear now, during fall, and even into winter. The color combo of these boots is total fall vibes without being too rich or dark that they’d be weird to wear now. The snakeskin print makes them on-trend, and they’re the perfect mix of neutral shades to pair with everything in your closet. I mean, snake print itself is basically a neutral these days. You heard it here first.
2. ASOS DESIGN Experiment Pull On Boots, $72
The shape and style of these little black crocodile boots are the epitome of everything you need in a great transitional shoe. They’ll look great now with shorts, skirts, and cropped pants. Then, as the weather really does get chillier, these boots will be awesome to wear over your skinny jeans or underneath your flares.
3. Franco Sarto Luca Bootie, $170
In case you’re not already aware, white booties are a great shoe to invest in because they can legit be worn all year. They obviously make sense for summer, but they’ve also been the go-to booties for influencers and celebs in the fall and winter. All this to say that white is no longer a color strictly reserved for the summer, and it’s even kind of edgy for every other season. If anyone dares to tell you that it’s unacceptable to wear white after Labor Day, please confidently reassure them that only losers still follow those outdated and cliche fashion rules.
4. Matisse Caught Up Bootie, $100
Woven style booties are ideal for transitioning your footwear game from summer to fall. They’re breathable enough that they’re comfortable when it’s still hot, while still looking relatively fall-appropriate. Particularly this pair, since the deep brownish shade speaks to the upcoming season, while the style speaks to the current season. As you move into the second half of fall, pair these with a cute sock that shows about an inch above the bootie for a stylish layered look that will also help keep your feet warm.
5. Dr. Marten’s 1460 Bex 8-Eye Boot, $150
If you’re someone who can pull off a chunky Dr. Marten shoe, now is the time to do it. These are a very practical and stylish option when searching for a boot that can transition from season to season. Now, I know a lot of you probably hate the look of Dr. Marten’s. Well, I’ll have you know that Madison Beer was just spotted wearing hers around town. So, if Madison Beer and her v cool stylist, Maeve Reilly, support them, then you should too.
6. Jeffrey Campbell Cromwell Cutout Western Boot, $174.95
A tan suede bootie screams fall. However, this particular style is not so fall that you can’t wear it now, given the style of the boot. The western look and side cut-outs make them totally acceptable to wear even before fall technically arrives, while the suede material allows you to get away with wearing them through late fall. I actually own this pair, so I can vouch that they look cute with everything from a denim mini skirt to slouchy boyfriend jeans.
7. Vagabond Shoemakers Lara Chelsea Boot, $160
A black Chelsea boot can carry you through the majority of the year. It’s simple, chic, and elevates your outfit. Wear them now with skirts and cropped jeans, and then wear them seamlessly through the rest of fall and winter with everything else. They’re a staple everyone should have.
Dressing for transitional weather is annoying, and I know that. Trust me, my roommate asks me every morning if she can wear “these shoes now,” so I’m sure that most other people feel that same stress while trying to get ready. However, I’ve now equipped you with seven different choices of boots, so you should definitely feel a little more confident regarding what’s acceptable and what’s not. So now, if YOU’RE the annoying roommate it’s officially time to knock if off. Just order one (or all) of the aforementioned boots, and let your poor roomie live her life in peace, please.
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