Cute Shoe Monday: tall lace-up boots

I fell in love with these tall lace-up boots as soon as I saw them. I like that they have a low chunky heel, instead of a stiletto spike. They look like they’d be great with tights, a dress, and a cute sweater!

Faux suede lace-up boots, $42, Forever 21

Cute Shoe Monday: red moto boots!

How cute are these boots? I don’t know why, but my eyes are glued to them and I can’t look away. I would wear these with pants and dresses alike!

Promise Abigail Wine Red Studded Motorcycle Ankle Boots, $48,

Cute Shoe Monday: Fair Isle slipper boots

Don’t ask me why I’m on such a Fair Isle bender lately–it’s just been front and center in my fashion viewfinder! I love these cute slipper boots–they’re a slightly more stylish alternative to Uggs, and they look so cozy!

While you’re shopping Famous Footwear, don’t forget: they’re offering 20% off your entire purchase now through November 10. Use code “Winter20” at checkout or go to their website to print the coupon for in-store use!

Muk Luks Women's  Jaci Desert Fairisle Boot
Muk Luks Jaci Desert Fairisle, $37.99, (web exclusive)

Cute Shoe Monday: cheetah print booties

I’ve been looking for a pair just like these for some time–amazing that Forever 21 created a pair that matched the image in my mind to a T! You could wear these with skinny jeans, skirts, dresses, or even shorts–the possibilities are really endless. Rowr!

Platform Leopard Booties, $32.80, Forever 21

Cute Shoe Monday: military-inspired heeled booties

How awesome are these heeled booties? I just picked these up and cannot wait to rock them with everything from dresses to jeans. I love the olive-brown color–it’s basic and yet not at the same time. I could see these with skinny jeans, a tee, and a cozy scarf; or with scrunched-down socks and lots of layers to make a summer dress more autumn-appropriate.

Studded Suedette Ankle Boots, $32.80, Forever 21

How to nail the shorts and boots trend

Some clothes seem meant strictly for one season: bikinis, sweaters, so on and so forth. But autumn is that rare magical season when you can take pieces from summer–like shorts–and pieces from your new fall/winter wardrobe–like boots–and blend them together for a totally trendy, hip, rock-chic look. Here’s how to nail the look:

1. Stick with short boots. Ankle boots, low cowgirl boots, short moto boots, even wedge booties–all work great with this trend. Avoid knee-high (or, gasp, thigh-high) versions unless you want to be mistaken for an extra on the set of a Pretty Woman remake.

2. Stick to regular, thigh-length shorts. Hot pants are for Hollywood celebs only, and bermudas are too long and look awkward.

3. Pull it all together. Go a little bit rock-n-roll with a vintage-y tee, moto boots, and aviators. Wear ankle booties with dressy shorts, a silky tank, and some cool jewelry. The point is, own the look: don’t let people mistakenly assume you just couldn’t find your flip-flops at the last minute.

Here are a couple of lookbook sheets to get you started:

1. Sleeveless Doors Tee, $15.80, Forever 21
2. Destroyed Cuffed Denim Shorts, $22.80, Forever 21
3. Leatherette Biker Boot, $29.90, Wet Seal
4. Stackable Link Ring Set, $6, Charlotte Russe
5. Rhinestone Spike Bracelets, $12.80, Vanity
6. Merona Sunglasses, $16.99, Target

1. V-Neck Long Sleeve Tunic Top, $12.80, Vanity
2. Floral Print Cutoffs, $19.80, Forever 21
3. Sueded Slip-On Western Bootie, $26.50, Charlotte Russe
4. Ditsy Floral and Lace Scarf, $18, Maurice’s
5. Classic 7 Charm Bracelet, $7.50, Wet Seal