Bring on the boots

Living in Valdosta sheltered my fashion life. That’s not to say that I didn’t see fashionable people while I lived there, but the shopping was kind of scary. Even with frequent escapes to Jacksonville and Orlando, I kind of fell out of my usual stylish ways. When I first started to see boots and skinny jeans popping up two years ago [in magazines and blogs, not in *real life*], I had no idea which kind to get, since I’d have to order them. Thank goodness my fashionable Snacky Friend came to the rescue and suggested these beauties:


[Sorry for the old blurry pic. All of my photos used to be blurry, and I had no idea, haha]

I’ve been in love with boots ever since.

Last year, I picked up this pair from Aldo:


[LOVE the hidden wedge in these! They make me taller and I appreciate it]

and am already starting to scope out this year’s pair.

When I showed these to the Pilot, he flipped out, and not because they’re so beautiful….

image Tory Burch

it’s because they’re $500.

[But I’d wear them everyday…..]

Looks like I’ll be on a mission for something similar, unless the boot fairy pays me a visit 😉

Last year, the lace-up grungy kind of boots were really popular, and this year some of the boot trends are:

Shearling or faux fur lined

image Prada

image Boutique 9


image Aldo

image Aldo

image CL. I die

LOTS of laces

image Joie

image Frye

image DSW

The classic equestrian

image Enzo Angiolini

[I’ll most likely be getting that pair. Similar cut to the Tory boots but a much more reasonable price]

image DSW

So tell me friends: are you a boot girl? What your favorite way to rock a pair of boots? Feel free to link away to your favorite pair in the comments section!

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  1. Kim on September 24, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I love those Tory boots! I’ve been wanting them for a while, but can’t justify that price! I agree the ones you are thinking of getting are pretty close and cute!

  2. Gillbear on September 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Im addicted to boots. My favourite go to adventure pair are these lovely slouchies A pair I splurged on were these western style boots During the winter I rock the suede with the fur lining similar to ones you posted only more knee-highish. Always wear my boots with skinny jeans or leggings but sometimes I wear em with skirts/short if I’m going out to a pub/club!

  3. Lexi on September 24, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Where are the boots from in the first (blurry) pic? I like those the best out of all the ones you posted!! lol i need a comfy pair of go-to’s this winter aside from my UGGs!! 🙂

  4. Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) on September 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I have a problem. I just promptly ordered those Enzo boots on Nordstrom in black… they are exactly what I’ve been looking for! (already have a pair of espresso colored, stiletto-heeled knee-high boots I got last year, and a pair of camel leather (cheap BP) flat boots from two years ago).

    I feel like I need to buy one new pair every single year. TOTAL PROBLEM.

  5. Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs on September 24, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I lurve boots!! I’m looking for a nice flat pair. I have an outfit in mind that involves a mustard yellow skirt from anthropologie, tights, boots and a simple button down shirt. I just need boots lol. Also with skinny jeans and a sweater. Can’t wait!!

  6. Dominique on September 24, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I love boots! My only problem is a thick calf so while I love boots, they don’t always love me back. Sometimes it’s disheartening to see a pair of boots I love but can’t wear because they don’t fit properly. Slouchy boots seemed like the perfect solution but they just look awkward on me. Last year’s big jump in cowboy-inspired boots was perfect because not only did they look great on me, I found a whole bunch that were nice and on sale!

    Right now I’m on a no-buy because Sean and I are saving up to move in together but seeing all your fashion posts makes me lust after clothing and shoes! No biggie though…I’ll still read…and lust after them.

  7. Hillary on September 24, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Boots are the only shoes I don’t mind wearing (I’m a flip flop kinda girl). They’re stylish, comfortable, and go with everything. Perfection!

  8. Misty Lynn on September 24, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Love Frye boots! The Jane and Paige styles are my current fave.

  9. Rachel on September 24, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Boots are da bomb. And hey those boots are about a 1/3 of the price of that Tiffany bag he was planning on caving for! 🙂

  10. Andrea on September 24, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    For some reason, I always have really good luck finding cute shoes from Old Navy. I have these in cognac and I’ve gotten tons of compliments on them. People were surprised when I told them they were from ON.

  11. Dani @ RunFitMama on September 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I love boots but have a hard time finding some that fit over my runner’s calves. Last year I found a perfect pair of riding boots by Lucky. I even had enough room to tuck jeans into them. I’m kicking myself now for not buying more than one pair- I wore them to death !

  12. Ashley H. on September 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I love boots! I’ve been looking for the perfect pair for a year now but I have like zero calfs so I just swim in them. The guy at Nordstroms said I would have to special order so I’m bummed. Or unless the boot fairy pays me a visit after you! 😉

  13. sarah (sarah learns) on September 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    i love wearing boots! my favorite cold-weather fashion for sure! i got a new pair of boots from wanted shoes last year (i won them!) and they’re definitely my favorites.

    i wore some slouchy brown boots to dinner tonight – my first time wearing boots this year – yay!

  14. mi-an d. on September 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    omg i super love boots!!! i lived in the UK back in 08-09 and i swear, they are like 2 years ahead in fashion than US! i bought a pair of these brown boots (kinda like those brown ones you want) they were like $200! but i still have them and they are the best. i wear them with leggings a lot with nice long cardigan, fashionable scarf, and a cross body bag. love that look!

    • Danielle on September 24, 2011 at 11:47 pm

      I was in Leicester in 08-09! I totally agree with you. The girls at my uni were WAY more dressed up for classes than I was! (and not to mention the nights out!) I felt like a total bum until I went on a major shopping trip to update my wardrobe. Thank goodness for Primark and New Look! I really miss the way women dressed there compared to here in the US!

  15. Kaolee Hoyle on September 24, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I like the brown Enzo boots. I love wearing them, skinny jeans tucked in. 🙂

  16. Sarah on September 24, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    My fryes were pretty pricey, but also a very very good investment. at least that’s what i told myself while i was checkin’ out at Nordies…

  17. Lauren on September 24, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    i hate it when people post pictures of cute boots, because my calves are MASSIVE and i can’t wear them. seriously. i ordered a pair of “extra wide calf” boots from zappos last year, and they didn’t zip. i was like, “is this real life?” it doesn’t help that i also have tiny feet, and circumference tends to go up with size. BOO.

    please tell me when i’ve lost the remaining 35 pounds or so that i’d like to lose, i’ll lose some of my beastly calves as well. i just want to wear cute boots! 🙁

    • Colleen on September 25, 2011 at 12:24 am

      I just posted this down below, check out, they are the first place I could find stylish boots that fit over my massive calves!

  18. Army Amy* on September 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    The only boots I own are cowboy boots! These are all really cute. I think I’m developing boot envy!*

  19. Allie Q (Fit Geek) on September 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I love boots! All kinds of boots! However my Doc Martins are probably my favorite. I call them my ass-kicking boots.

  20. Kate on September 24, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I have been waiting all summer for boots weather. The two pairs currently in my rotation are a black pair of riding boots:
    and a pair of low-heeled brown boots:

    I’m still working out what sort of tights to wear with the brown boots when the weather gets colder, but right now I am wearing both pairs over jeans, with skirts, and with dresses.

  21. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on September 24, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I love my Ugg boots and yes, I am one of “those people” who wears my Uggs in SoCal with shorts or cropped pants when it’s “cold” out. i.e. anything under 60f 🙂

    They are so fuzzy and comfy and I love them when Im not in my Rainbow flipflops.

    All the boots you own are great and love the Tory B ones. But you have baby stuff to buy these days 🙂

  22. Ashley Terry on September 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I LOVE this look!!! I was wondering if you have any great recommendations on how to slim the calves so that there are more options in this look? I know cardio slims everything but any additional tips? Figured this question is right up your alley since its fitness + fashion!!

    • Fitnessista on September 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      it really depends on your body frame and cardio. i wouldn’t get to hung up on larger calves- mine are bigger, too. just keep doing what you’re doing! muscular calves are sexy 🙂

  23. Maria@La_Piattini on September 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I kinda wish I had never seen those $500 Tory Burch boots- they are hot! Now I will obsess.
    Although I have a really awesome pair of Steve Madden boots with a little wedge called Intyce. I bought them years ago and they still sell them so they must be super popular. I also have a pair of black Michael Kors over the knee zip up boots, but I hardly ever wear black so I feel I don’t do them enough justice. I need some more things to wear them with….shopping trip!

  24. chely on September 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I love boots but my options are limited first because I have mutant calves so it’s hard to find cute ones that fit all the way to the knee. I also have super high arches and supinate so certain booties are out of the question 🙁 I’m already starting a new quest for this year but I’m not holding my breath…

  25. Tashina on September 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I pulled the trigger on these Frye’s last year and haven’t regretted it once:

    I wear them almost daily during fall and winter. I like to call them an “investment” fashion piece!

    Happy shopping 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      exactly- i think of things like that as cost per wear. if i’m going to wear them all the time, it’s worth it

  26. Danielle on September 24, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Love those last two pairs of boots!! I think I need a pair in dark brown.
    I love tucking my skinnies into a pair of boots with a flowy top and cardigan. I’m really looking forward to the day when it’ll be cool enough to finally pull out all of my warm clothes! 🙂

  27. Ilana on September 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    I bought myself a pair of tory riding boots a few years back, off Gilt groupe….I think they were like half off retail and they’ve been worth every penny, I wear them all.the.time. watch for gilt groupe sales? haah

    • Fitnessista on September 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      WHOA! good to know!

  28. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries on September 24, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    I am a huge fan of boots. I’m not crazy on some of the more “daring” styles, but I do love the equestrian look and some of the suede styles (for example, your boots in the first photo). I am in LOVE with those Tory Burch boots… My hubby would totally not be game for them either. 😉

  29. Colleen on September 25, 2011 at 12:20 am

    I always coveted boots, but never could find any that fit over my legs. UNTIL……….. !!! My cousin told me about this site, and now I own two beautiful pairs of boots and more on the way!

  30. Coco on September 25, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I love boots so stinkin much!!! NYer, born and raised, now living in Hawaii. Awesome sure, but fashion wise, none and certainly NO BOOTS! Whhaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

  31. Ashleyr on September 25, 2011 at 2:43 am

    What? A hidden wedge? That is the most genius invention ever!

    • Fitnessista on September 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      right? it’s life-changing

  32. Mer @mersworld on September 25, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I’m a boot fan, but I always struggle to find taller boots because I have bigger calves… This year, Old Navy has embraced the problem and made a reasonably priced (~$45) flat boot that is perfect for leggings/jeggings to get you through the winter/fall.

    I love the Tory boots, but they are pricy! You found some other good options, though! So cute!

  33. Lili on September 25, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Trudging through 4 foot snow banks really limits your options. It doesn’t matter how cute they are, because by the end of the week they will be covered in salt stains.

    I look for warm lining, sensible heel, WATERPROOF, leather exterior (easier to clean the salt stains), and room for my big dancer’s calves (easier said than done). My favourite brands are Blondo and La Canadienne. Fashionable and functional.

  34. Roselyn @ A Balanced Fit on September 25, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I’m an Ugg girl. The last time I wore “dressy” boots was before the babies…now I stick to Uggs…I have 3 pair. 😉 I think I may actually go ahead and by a non-Ugg pair this year. I like the equestrian style. 🙂

  35. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 25, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I love boots! I pretty much live in my brown leather pair throughout fall. I’d love to get a pair of equestrian style boots too!

  36. Fallon on September 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I love the tall boots! I picked up this pair a few weeks ago, it has a red zipper in the back <3

  37. Hannah on September 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

    i just got these and love them. perfect for walking around and for over jeans!

    • Fitnessista on September 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      those are beautiful!

  38. Brooke @ Tales of a Bride-To-Be on September 25, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Love boots! I have this awesome black slouchy pair that look awesome with anything. Then I have a pair of milk chocolate brown leather equestrian boots. They look worn-in and they are my go-to boots.

  39. Sara @ RunnerWife on September 25, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I love love love boots! Most of my boots are casual, but I have a few that I wear to work as well. That is why I am so excited that fall is finally here and the boots can come back out again!

  40. Natasha on September 25, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Your a girl after my own heart Missy! I think that the Pilot should give Mumma a new pair of Tory Burch boots!

  41. Lindsay Loves Veggies on September 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I was cruising Aldo the other day and found some very similar boots to the ones you just bought that I completely adore! I can’t get them quite yet, but I’m hoping to sometime before fall completely kicks in!

  42. Lisa @ Fresh Spinach on September 25, 2011 at 11:32 am

    My favorite pair of boots are a gorgeous pair of equestrian boots I got during a binge at Bloomingdales a few years ago. Considering I was unemployed at the time, it wasn’t smart to throw $200+ at a pair of boots, but I’m so glad I did!

  43. Jessica on September 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I LOVE the Tory boots too! I just got the Booker boots from JCrew – which are similar in cut but less expensive – and I really like them. Their Billie ones are super cute too.

    • Fitnessista on September 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      ooh good to know- i’ll check those out!

  44. Maren on September 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I got some very similar Vince Camuto boots last year that were $200 but got on sale (in november) for $120! They look very similar to those tory burch ones up there….except they don’t have the awesome logo 😉

    • Fitnessista on September 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      amazing- the cut of the boot is what matters the most anyway 🙂

  45. Jaclyn on September 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Beautiful Tory Burch boots! In Toronto, they would get destroyed from the salt so I couldn’t bring myself to pay so much for a pair that might only last a couple of years.
    Enzos are great and super comfortable. Let us know what you pick, Gina!

    • Fitnessista on September 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      i definitely will!

  46. Dee on September 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I love me some boots! My favorite’s are Frye’s. They are all so beautiful!

  47. Katie on September 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I love my Frye boots! They were a gift to myself two years ago and I LOVE them. They go so well with cute dresses, skinny jeans, and regular jeans. I love the rustic, but sexy cowgirl look to them. Worth every penny!

  48. fittingbackin on September 25, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I’m a boot girl who is also in need of a boot fairy! I LOVE booties – they’ve been my fave as of late. 🙂

  49. Mallory Rose on September 25, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I LOVE the idea of a hidden wedge. You should take a picture wearing them!

    • Mallory Rose on September 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      ahahaha I crack myself. A hidden wedge BOOT* is what I meant.

    • Fitnessista on September 25, 2011 at 11:07 pm

      i’m sure i’ll post a pic of myself wearing them sometime this winter! they’re super comfy and i wear them a lot

  50. Kiah on September 25, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I have a pair of $100 Zarris boots from Zappos that I love love love. Love them so much, I’m wearing ’em in my blog header!

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