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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. They 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. Plus it provides a tutorial how to wear and tips how to make them.


  1. What are Boot Toppers?
  2. Why to Wear These Socks?
    • Boot toppers Are Stylish Way to Keep Your Feet Warm in Cold Weather
    • Enlarge Your Shoe Wardrobe without Breaking the Bank
    • Style Reasons Why to Wear Them
  3. 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?

Have you ever heard about boot toppers? Full disclosure, I never saw or heard of boot toppers before moving to Alaska. 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?


socks with faux fur


Stylist tip: You can easily make a pair yourself by sewing a faux fur with a zig zag stitch onto the open end of a pair of knee-high socks while stretching the opening as wide as possible.

Putting on boot toppers is as easy as 1-2-3. Put on the socks, then the boots, fold the faux fur over the boot top, and go. It took me less than a minute to put them in place (see photos below), and adding on accessories. Think of it as doubling your socks in your boots.


pulling onboot toppers

pulling on socks with faux fur

rainboots after adding faux fur


Pro tip: Always buy your winter boots a size larger than your summer shoes. More on avoiding cold feet at frigid temperatures at the link.


shoe accessories


Pro tip: Don’t worry about the boot toppers getting dirty. They are hand-washable, but you also can DIY dry-clean at home or bring them to the dry cleaners if you like.


Boot toppers Are Stylish Way to Keep Your Feet Warm in Cold Weather

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

Enlarge Your Shoe Wardrobe without Breaking the Bank

Boot toppers can help you save money (more saving tips for cloth shopping in this guide). They are a must-have when you want to add more options to your winter footwear collection without actually forking over the money for a couple of new pairs of boots.

Do the math yourself.

Assumed you have a pair of ankle boots, a pair of calf-length boots, and a pair of knee-high boots. Just one pair of boot toppers will double your boot options. You seemingly have six pair of boots. If you buy two pairs of boot toppers or one pair of boot toppers plus one pair of accessories, you will have already nine different options. Thus, investing in boot toppers will not only help not to get cabin fever, save money on boots, but also brings a fun factor to your winter wardrobe.


fashion blogger in diamond leopard print jacket with head band and boot toppers
Head band, leopard print diamond jacket, GNW tights, Harley Davidson booties, Sierra Studio leather skirt, LeatherCoatsEtc cashmere lined gloves, and Yes Saint Laurent bag (all own)


Style Reasons Why to Wear Them

Style-wise, boot toppers can give you the finishing touch for your outfit. They can lengthen the boot to end at a more flattering point. This means tey can balance your outfit. Boot topper can make a casual outfit look polished or cute. They take a classic, corporate workplace outfit or business casual look  (see example below) from uniform-like to notable. Furthermore, they can help you to stand out of the crowd. Finally, these socks add so many additional options to your style. They are awesome.


over 50 years old woman in leather skirt, tights, booties, faux fur top socks, diamond pattern jacket, scarf
Winter outfit of short jacket, sheer scarf, leather pencil skirt, cashmere sweater, Kate Moss for Longchamp bag with opaque GNW tights and Clark booties (all own) styled with boot toppers


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.


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


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 😉


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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

stylist in casual look with boot toppers

fashion blogger over 50 illustrating how to wear 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 galoshes. More on how to wear tall boots in the guide at the link.

stylist in black boots with faux fur socks and shearling coat
Shearling coat with hat, blue scarf, blue gloves (similar), statement bag, knee-high boots (all own) topped with 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 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 stylist in pleated leather skirt, sweater, faux fur coat and accessorized booties

LV multi-color saddle bag

booties with boot toppers

influencer in A-line coat and matching boot toppers
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.


influencer in vintage striped coat and heeled ducks accessorized to match
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. ;)Do you top your footwear in winter? What is your styling challenge? Let me know how I can help you.

In a Nutshell

Boot toppers can up your look from good to stunning and ensure thermal comfort. They can be worn at any age.

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