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Tall boots are an Alaska classic outwear
In Alaska, tall boots have a long season. Once the first snow is on the ground and stays, skirts or dresses need knee-high footwear on clear days. In winter, days with clear sky are usually much colder than those with cloudy sky. On the warmer, cloudy days you may get away with tights and booties. However, under clear sky winter conditions, tall boots are a must with a skirt or dress.
Given that in the Interior, the cold season can last from mid September to early May, I have invested in a timeless collection of boots as I am a skirt/dress kind of gal. The goal is to look ageless in boots.
In winter, Alaskan women come to work in mukluks, galoshes, booties and alike and switch into pumps. They schlep their pumps back and forth in a tall bag. However, at the end of winter, most of them have quite a line-up of pumps under their desks. I am one of them 😉 .
How I wear my tall boots
Equestrian styles are timeless
I like to wear my riding boots with skinny jeans, leggings, my denim and tweed skirt.
Zara multi color faux fur sweater, Sanchez riding boots (all own) and leggings c/o No Nonsense
Lookbook Store motorcycle leather jacket, Eddie Bauer straight skirt, Anne Klein scarf, pantyhose, GNW knee high socks, Sanchez equestrian boots, pendant necklace (all own)
J Brand jeans, Pippa bag, Sanchez riding footwear (all own), and asymmetric fit-and-flare blazer c/o Lookbook Store
Long sleeve Tee, Banana Republic hounds tooth skirt, GNW tight, Sanchez riding boots (all own) and Riders by Lee buffalo plaid button-down shirt c/o Walmart
Studs another way than under the sole
When you follow this blog for a while, you know I am crazy about studs. Thus, when I found these Valentio studded boots for a bargain on eBay my “buy now” finger couldn’t resist. Unfortunately, they have an expensive leather sole that is perfect for southern European urban environments. However, they are like sliding shoes on snow and ice. I tried to fix the problem with an anti-slip sole, but the cold ground disaggregated the clue. After a short walk, the gained grip was gone as the anti-slip sole fell off. 🙁 Thus, I now wear my Valentinos prior to the snow season and after snow melt.
How to wear a statement color
This summer, I searched eBay for tall footwear in a statement color. Actually, I had burgundy or red in mind. However, then I saw these Jimmy Choo turquoise shearling beauties for less than $50 with shipping! I had immediately, more than three outfits in mind – one of my criteria to buy a new addition to my wardrobe. I am happy that I gave up on red or burgundy for turquoise. Believe it or not, they are so comfy despite of the high heels. Those ladies who can afford to buy Jimmy Choos at the original price tag, are so fortunate! Here two inspirations what to wear with knee highs going out for dinner.
Get more options with shoe accessories
I also like to switch things up by wearing boot toppers. I wrote an entire post on how to look mature when wearing them. What I love about them – besides the style factor – is that they add extra insulation. It is so needed when you wait for the bus outside at -20F (29.8oC).
You may be also interested in the 13 secrets of how to wear over-the-knee boots over 40 .
How do you wear your tall boots? Do you switch into pumps at the office? Let me know, I am curious.
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Photos: G. Kramm
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