Eniko Mihalik shot by Terry Richardson - Harper's Bazaar, November 2011
Fashion is all about fantasy. In pictures, runway shows, movies and magazines, I want to see the impossibly glamorous model wearing a sheer, glittery gown with skyscraper boots, a pure white furry hat, and vampy red lips while strolling, sockless, through an enchanted wood. Oh, and don't forget the well-trained owl, perched on her hand. Is it just me or is he smizing? In real life, this girl would not have had a happy walk - think rabid owl bites, running mascara, hypothermia and a serious dry-cleaning bill. Sometimes, fantastical fashion just doesn't work for every day.
Does that mean that you should ignore your fashion fantasies in favour of practical footwear. I say, NEVER! A great winter boot should keep your feet warm and dry and look beautiful while doing it. A tall, flat boot (more chic than heeled versions, in my personal opinion) gets you from A to B in comfort and style. And when it comes time to dressing up this season, whether for work or going out, opt for a fun little ankle boot in a great colour, print or sleek silhouette.
Check out my top picks from White Oaks Mall and you'll be officially booted up for the season. Once you find a boot you love, you'll wear it every single day - making it well worth the investment. In my own little fashion fantasy, I'd be able to buy every single one, but sometimes it's fun to pick a favourite. Which one will you choose?
1. Shamp Boots, ALDO, $100; 2. Silver Sparkle Uggs, Soft Moc, $254.99; 3. Manitobah Mocassin Boots, Town Shoes, $299; 4. Raponi Boot, Spring, $99.99; 5. Sorel 1964 Premium Boots, The Bay, $140; 6. Tall Lace-Up Winter Boots, ALDO, $110; 7. Lacoste Boots, Town Shoes, $145; 8. Mocassin Boots, Spring, $69.99
1. Terboss Leather Riding Boots, ALDO, $180; 2. Laughead Two-Tone Leather Boots, ALDO, $170; 3. Russian Vamp Boots, Roots, $288; 4. Steve Madden Flat Riding Boots, Town Shoes, $180; 5. Synthetic Deare Boots, ALDO, $100; 6. Hunter Lace-Up Wellies, Town Shoes, $240; 7. Fyler Leather Boots, Naturalizer, $159.99; 8. Sperry Top-Sider Qulited Boots, The Bay, $100.
1. Python Print Block Heel Boots, ALDO, $140; 2. Alfreda Cut-Out Booties, Guess, $139; 3. Vince Camuto Suede Bootie, Le Château, $180; 4. Canvas Lace-Up Ankle Boots, Gap, $99.95; 5. Python Sole Boots, Spring, $79.99; 6. Material Girl Fur Bootie, The Bay, $100; 7. Maytorena Short Lace-Up Boots, ALDO, $80; 8. Nine West for Town Shoes Wedge Boots, Town Shoes, $190