The Best Boots for Fall in New England

Best Boots for Fall

It’s boot season!

We know. It’s September, and you’ve been flipping through that fat issue of Vogue just like the rest of us. Sure, we’ve got a soft spot for pointy, over-the-knee stiletto heeled boots, too, but let’s face it: A rugged girl like you needs boots she can pound the pavement in. Trudge through a soggy field in. And maybe chase after a kid or two in. Because life rarely models the pages of a magazine, and boots that cost more than a week’s wages are hard to rationalize, we tend to go for for more sensible options. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still look good.

The arrival of boot season is beloved here in New England: That in-between weather means it’s still warm enough to keep your legs exposed without the fear of frostbite, but cool enough that you can comfortably slip some leather part way up your leg. Embrace the season with these options that aren’t too precious, but won’t slow you down, either.

Dubarry tweed boots (1) get country living right. Weather you’re walking the dog or packing a picnic, you’ll stay warm and dry in these Gor-Tex, leather, and wool classics.

Perfect for dressier moments, Edelman’s floral brocade ankle booties (2) are high, but not too high, with an on-trend (and easy to walk in)
stacked heel.

You can’t go wrong with a classic cognac boot – or with anything from Frye, for that matter. Their Pippa tall boot with back zipper (3) will keep you looking like a boss lady all over town.

King Ranch makes durable boots for real cowgirls (and those who just want to look like them). Made from smooth and sueded cowhide, these beautiful quilted riding boots (4) will take you from the stable to town all the way through fall.

Look, at some point, it’s going to rain. But you can still shine on even on gray days with patent Hunter wellies (5).

Can you go a little wild and still be practical? Yes. Yes you can. These pony hair Boden ankle booties (6) boast a 3 1/2-inch heel that gives you a little lift without taking pep from your step.


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Meaghan O'Neill is a writer, editor, blogger wrangler, and the founder of Puddingstone Post. She was formerly editor-in-chief of TreeHugger, Discovery Channel online, and TLC's Parentables. Her writing has appeared in numerous print and online publications, and her book, Ready, Set, Green: 8 Weeks to Modern Eco-Living (Villard/Random House) was published in 2008. She lives in Newport, RI with her family.

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