Ultimate guide how to look mature in your beloved boot toppers
Anne Klein cable knit cashmere sweater, bias plaid skirt, GNW tight, booties (all own) and boot toppers s/o My Top of the Boots

Boot toppers pretend to have a larger collection of footwear than you actually own, but are also great ways to enhance your thermal comfort in winter. They are often associated with teens and college gals. However, they can enhance your style when added strategically. This guide covers how you can achieve all these goals at any age.

In this post

  1. What are boot toppers?
    • Not only for great style, but helpful insulation
  2. How to have ageless style with boot toppers
    • Images of tall boots with toppers
    • Styling booties with faux fur trimmed socks
    • Styling heeled ducks

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What are boot toppers?

Boot toppers are socks that have a faux fur top. One can adjust the length of the socks so the faux fur will top the boot. No matter, whether the height is ankle, half-calves or below the knee. Best, the trim closes the cold bridge between the shoe and the leg. Do I have to mention that the socks also prevent snow from entering when you have to step in deep fresh snow for whatever reason?

post logo showing silver heeled boots with faux fur toppers and pom poms

Not only for great style, but helpful insulation

In cold climate regions, boot toppers are not a trend showing up once in a while. They are not considered fashion. They are an eternal, necessary part of a winter outfit suited to bear the cold for a limited amount of time. Thus, here, what seems to be a trend in other parts of the world is part of the normal winter gear, and hence personal style for the woman wearing them. They are part of avoiding cold feet at frigid temperatures.

fashion over 40 Leather sheath with blazer and boot tops

style book author in winter office look with faux fur topped footwear

stylist in winter outerwear with hat and faux fur trim embellished tall boots
Burberry loden motorcycle coat with detachable collar, tan leather gloves and hat, YLS bag, Orvis Irish blazer, unbranded leather sheath dress, GNW brown tights, coins bracelet, layering top (similar here)and Clarks booties (all own) with boot toppers c/o My Top of the Boot

How to have ageless style with boot toppers

Nevertheless, at a certain age, women have to pay attention how to wear boot toppers when they want this extra layer of protection on their feet, and/or extend the height of their boots. The goal is a timeless look. You want to look effortlessly chic.

To achieve this goal, the boots or booties and boot topper must look as if they are a unit, i.e. as if the shoes came that way. This means the colors of the boot toppers and shoes must work together and the vibe must be a natural match too. Red faux fur, for instance, would work on red boots, while a white boot topper on red boots would look like you are wearing Santa Claus’ wife’s boots 😉 .

Never pair white boot toppers with red boots unless you are Santa Claus' wife. #boottoppers #agelessstyle Click To Tweet

Besides their natural match with black faux fur, black boots look great with white faux furs that have a hint of black or tan faux fur with hints of black.

midlife woman in casual look

Boot topper details

Mature woman in casual look with boot toppers

woman in midlife wearing boot toppers
Andrew Marcs motorcycle shearling jacket worn as outerwear, Oliveo denim skirt, oversize silk cashmere sweater, Anne Klein polka dot scarf, Chanel belt, Longchamp pliage bag, Hunter boots (all own) and boot toppers c/o Top of the Boot


Images of tall boots with toppers

The following photos show outfit ideas with knee-high galosches.

fashion blogger over 50 in skirt, shearling footwear, cardigan, sweater at -41C Halogen skirt, GNW Luxe sweater, GNW leopard print cardigan, GNW tight, Kieselstein Cord belt, H buckle, Jord bamboo watch (all own)
midlife blogger in shearling coat, accessorized galosches with statement bag and hat Vittari shearling coat, LeatherCotasEtc gloves, un branded hat and bag (all own)

Like these outfit ideas? If so, please feel free to pin them to your own Pinterest board.

Styling booties with faux fur trimmed socks

In the first photos of this post, I matched my chocolate brown booties that have a Louis XIV heel and a big suede button as embellishment, with a faux chinchilla in different hues of browns. The little plateau sole makes it believable that the top belongs to the booties. I also pulled the socks a bit higher than the top of the booties to get the proportions right and believable. See third photo in this post for details.

Stylist’s tip: When you wear boot toppers, you have to watch the proportions like a designer.

Over 50 years old woman in pleater leather skirt, sweater, faux fur coat and accessorized booties

LV multi-color saddle bag

booties with boot toppers

midlife fashion blogger wearing a full leather skirt with turtleneck sweater
Oliveo leather skirt with green turtleneck cashmere sweater, bead necklace, booties, Louis Vuitton multi-color saddle bag (all own), and boot toppers c/o Top of the Boot

Like these outfit ideas? If so, please feel free to pin them to your own Pinterest board.

Styling heeled ducks

The photos below show inspirations to get more variety in your footwear closet by adding faux fur trimmed socks to your ducks.

Style blogger in winter outerwear with hat and boot toppers
Winter outfit with Paloma Picasso vintage sunglasses, Yes Saint Laurent bag, heeled ducks, head band with pom poms, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves (all own) and boot toppers c/o Top of the Boot

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Swap your footwear at work

At the office, it may be too warm for the extra socks and ducks are heavy. Therefore, use a large work bag and put a pair of pumps in a shoe bag. Once arrived at the office, switch the footwear. Benefit: Your feet won’t sweat. The hard part: Not forgetting to take the pumps back home.

At the end of winter, I often have a couple of pumps under my desk. 😉

mature blogger in a winter office outfit with blazer, pumps, and skirt

 midlife fashionista in business casual winter work outfit
Outfit details: Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Great Northwest shirt, Vittari blazer, pearls, Halogen A-line leather skirt, Aldo leopard print pumps, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle(all own)

Do you top your footwear in winter? What is your styling challenge? Let me know how I can help you.

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