Contrary to popular belief, your boots don’t just do the walking — they do the talking, too! Your favorite fall boot style projects clear clues about your traits and temperament. Some pairs exude power and confidence, for instance, while others scream "fierce femininity." Read on to find out what your autumn shoe choices say to the world at large — and where to find some killer pairs — below!
Ankle Booties: You’re an Ace Multitasker
Arguably the easiest to slip in and out of, your practical pick hints at an active lifestyle and suggests that you do a lot of running around between to-do’s. Your boot style is as versatile as you are with the ability to easily adapt to a professional ensemble or complement a casual weekend outfit. These waterproof leather or suede Blondo Valli 2.0 kicks ($149.95, Nordstrom), are a prime example of your perfect pair.
High-Heeled Boots: You’re a Sophisticated Mystery
Combining the eye-catching sleekness of the stiletto with the stability and practicality of the boot, your footwear of choice is just as glamorous as it is down-to-earth. Such duality mirrors your complex nature and tells others that you’re multifaceted — maybe even a bit unpredictable! Radiating an alluring mystique, you have a range of eclectic interests — and likely a spectrum of stylish boots in your closet — that regularly lift your spirits. These Kelly & Katie Agrafina boots ($69.99, DSW), with their 3 1/4-inch stacked heels and slightly ruched shaft, will make for the perfect addition to your collection.
Rain Boots: You’re a Nurturer
Simply put, your durable footwear shows that you’re ready for anything. Resourceful and resilient, you don’t simply sidestep puddles, you keep others out of the proverbial “rain,” using your compassion to shield loved ones from the downpours of life. For a top notch pair of rain boots that will keep you dry in all senses of the word, check out Hunter's Original tall glossy pair ($150, Hunter). They're made from vegan vulcanized (chemically hardened) rubber that's completely waterproof and come in eight shiny hues. A pair of comfy boot socks ($50, Hunter) is also recommended to keep your tooties warm once the rubber gets cold and wet.
Peep-Toe Boots: You’re a Sensitive Charmer
With its hint of summer whimsy, this transitional style is as cute as the word “peep” is fun to say! Indeed, exposing a bit of skin, especially in the fall, subconsciously signals vulnerability and clues others into the fact that you have a big heart. In other words? You’re as open as they come, both figuratively and literally. Reflect your true nature with these faux suede Journee Collection Jordyn Boots ($59.99, DSW), which not only let your toes play peekaboo, but feature a comfy cushioned footbed and a stacked block heel for easy walking.
Knee-Highs: You’re a Bold Leader
The more of your leg that your boots cover, the more power it conveys. Quintessentially American, this equestrian style is associated with confidence and an in-charge nature. Those who favor this boot style tend to doggedly pursue their dreams, no matter how tough the “terrain” may be, so may sure you're ready for whatever life throws at you in these leather or suede Gael boots from Naturalizer ($179.99, originally $220, Naturalizer). They feature a non-slip sole, a relatively low 2 3/4-inch heel, and an interior zipper for added stretch and are also available in a wide-calf version.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.
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