It began at least 20 years ago in Waco, Texas, when I was a bridesmaid at my college friend’s wedding.  While there, I bought my first pair of authentic western cowboy boots.  They were (and still are) black snakeskin with a colorful print.  At that time I wore them as I learned to dance the two-step. Today they sit in my closet, and although my feet have grown a bit since they were first worn, I pull them out from time to time and tuck them in to my skinny jeans and do my own two-step.  They make me happy.  In time, I would add dressy, tall black boots, shorter purple boots and warm and fuzzy winter boots to my boot collection, because they make me happy, too.  My love affair with boots has grown steadily and it is only now that I appreciate how great boots are in cold weather.  So much so in fact, that this fall I added two more styles.  First, I returned to Target to purchase a pair of Missoni black and white rain boots (you know that story – I just couldn’t resist one more Missoni piece!), and shortly after, I followed an ad in The New York Times Style section, to find my latest pair:  Rachel Comey black suede and tan leather ankle boots.  Perhaps love has turned into obsession.  At least I can cultivate this obsession for years to come, because if you take care of your boots, they will take care of you.

I know why.  Boots look great but they also serve several purposes.  They keep you warm, they protect your feet from bad weather, and they can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on how you style them.  They are timeless, and you can often find them at your price point.  It’s no wonder we reach for them on a cold day. 

I have been noticing a steady trend toward ankle boots.  They are everywhere!  Easier to pull on and off than taller boots, they are less claustrophobic and more versatile.  A personal favorite, I wear my purple and black/tan ankle boots often. They look great with everything from dresses and skirts, tucked in with slim slacks or jeans or simply peeking out from underneath your pants.  Wear them with opaque stockings and you are ready to head out the door.  If you are looking for a boot that will work with most of your wardrobe, start with an ankle boot. 

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