Fashion & Beauty
Style Fashion & Beauty: Boots That Make a Statement
Now that dramatic styles are de rigueur in the accessories arena -- first came cavernous It Bags and enormous sunglasses, then showy bib necklaces, which morphed into shoulder-grazing earrings -- it's about time footwear gets its moment in the spotlight. This fall, classic and practical boots become showboating standouts adorned with embellishments and splashed in brilliant hues. Sure, you could go for another pair of basic brown riding boots -- but why would you?
-- Michelle Thomas
Studs, straps and chains: Oh, my. A smidge '80s, a dash biker and a whole heap of rock-and-roll, these boots lean tough with metallic, edgy accents. (1.) Bakers's attention-getting Studs style ($169.99 at Bakers stores and http:/
As a direct counterpoint to hard-edged hardware, this season also offers a slew of boots adorned with girlish frills, from delicate laces and flirty ruffles to oversize rosettes and ladylike bows. Look for modern ankle boots highlighted by vintage-inspired embellishments: (3.) Brian Atwood's Miri ankle boots seem almost Victorian with their romantic, dainty laces ($785 at http:/
Though autumn's footwear rainbow slaps bold hues like royal blue, plum-ish purple and stoplight red on just about any type of shoe, what makes this trend feel fresh is the pairing of vivid, look-at-me shades with unexpected styles. Here, (5.) Frye's Western-style Carson boot ($348 at http:/