Finding Fall: Brown Riding Boots

Yesterday we examined the many gingham options floating around for this fall. Today we turn to an absolute fall necessity in my book: brown leather riding boots.

Many moons ago, right around the time I met the Mr., I took a trip to NYC for a long weekend and fell totally in love. I walked into a small boutique in Brooklyn and found that there was a beautiful pair of brown boots on sale. Having grown up in the South, I never had a reason to buy boots. It was simply too warm. The realization that winter was coming led me to try those boots on and realize that the last pair they had was a perfect fit. It was destiny.

The boots have faithfully served me for six years, but unfortunately are reaching their end point. The Mr’s dad polished them and used the wrong color polish, leaving one boot a different color than the other. So.. I guess I’m going to need new ones since I look like a crazy person now when I wear them. This has led me to quite the internet search and while I may be willing to throw out $30 for a gingham shirt experiment, I’m much less likely to take a chance on a big purchase like boots. Here are a few options that have caught my eye

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The Sady Wide Calf from Steven are currently $169 at Zappos. Leather with some elastic in the back for those with larger calf muscles (like me). Clean and classic, these are a good option.

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 9.02.48 AMThe Phillip Harness Tall boot by Frye is also available on Zappos for $348.  I am in love with these boots. Unfortunately the calf circumference is only 13 inches, so they won’t work for me. All you skinny calved girls though, certainly an option.

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Appropriately titled the Blogger Tall Riding Boot, these Nine West beauties are available at Macys. Close to the Frye option,  you get an extra inch of calf circumference with this option. The color on these are closer to the old favorites that I will be replacing. If I can make 14 inches work, these may come home with me for only $169.

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Over at Nordstrom you can find the Naturalizer “Jersey” Leather Boot for $198. These have a medium or  wide calf option with the wide version sporting  a circumference of 17 inches.  Great news for the more athletically calved among us.

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Also sporting a 14 inch circumference is the “Stirrup” Boot from Corso Como. I have never purchased Corso Como boots but I have heard great things about the quality of their products, so it is worth checking out. Currently on sale for $99.97 (from $199.95) they are also quite a steal!

Feeling a splurge coming on?

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The Lindsay Plate from Frye are there to answer all of your higher cost needs. Frye boots are known for being the highest quality. My old roommate had a pair and they aged beautifully through regular wearing. I have a few too many savings goals right now to pony up the $388 for these, but those looking for high quality footwear should definitely consider them. They have a plethora of other boots as well in a beautiful array of colors, but these are my personal favorite. Truly something for everyone over there.

Normally I would show some Cole Haan options as well (love their boots) but the colors are all a little darker than what I’m looking for right now. What brand are your favorite boots? Feel free to share along with any boot care tips in the comments!

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