Taking requests: knee-high boots

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My friend Margaret requested a post on knee-high boots that would be good for walking her new puppy, so I decided to just do a post on all the knee-high boots I like, regardless of height (and there are only a couple that are on the perilous side). This wasn’t the simplest task: the thing at the moment is over-the-knee boots, and stores are crammed with them. But I did manage to find a decent number I liked a lot, including this attractive lug-sole option.

The oxblood hue is just so good.

Here’s one you could walk a dog for miles in.

This looks more expensive than it is, and I love the chunky heel.

I’d wear this with my flowy Ulla Johnson dresses.

This is a good choice for when you’re in the mood to dress things up a bit, and the price is decent.

Grey suede is so damn chic.

This is ever-so-slightly western-looking in a way that appeals.

This has a sheepskin lining, which just sounds so perfect for frigid days when you have to wear a dress.

This is nicely sophisticated.

The pointy toe and clunky heel are an unexpected—but winning—combination.

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    c.w.
    11 Sep 2017
    8:30am

    oooooo….I want those western looking taupe boots. White jeans, taupe boots. Yum. (although I will say that spending winters in Austin I wear knee high boots about twice a season––oy and egad)

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    Emily M.
    11 Sep 2017
    8:40am

    I love all of these! Especially the Uggs that don’t look like Uggs.

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    Dana D
    11 Sep 2017
    8:45am

    Of course I love the first ones…the most expensive, but made in Italy so worth it.

    Fortunately, I will get excited when I unpack my boot collection next month or so…and it will feel like seasons changing all over again…

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    Heather
    11 Sep 2017
    8:53am

    Thanks for this great selection in a range of price points. I’m looking for some tall boots for narrow calves that I can wear all day without wanting to rip them off my feet, and that cost under $300. You are so right about the OTK boots, which I feel should only be worn at Halloween with a ‘naughty pirate’ costume.

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      DeDe
      11 Sep 2017
      11:22am

      Right?! Just throw on an off-the-shoulder blouse or a lace-up-front shirt and you’re good to go!

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      Jill
      11 Sep 2017
      12:01pm

      Fiorentini and Baker boots are great for tall slender calves. They’re the only tall boots I’ve ever found that don’t look like galoshes on me. They don’t fall in the <$300 range, but you can find pairs on eBay and the real real for a discount. And FWIW, I bought mine full price 5+ years ago, wear them almost daily from October through March (I live in the rainy Pacific NW), and they are as sturdy as ever. Had them resoled once.

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        Heather
        11 Sep 2017
        2:43pm

        Thanks for this recommendation! I could go up to $500 for something I would wear very frequently (like a good pair of comfortable boots).

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          gaby
          12 Sep 2017
          3:40pm

          I’d also recommend La Canadienne for slimmer calf tall boots; a lot of the styles are warm, waterproof, and really comfortable. My calves are 12 inches in circumference (I had them measured when I bought a pair of Duo boots, which come in a really large range of calf sizes) and most of their styles fit without too much of a gap.

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            gaby
            12 Sep 2017
            3:41pm

            Edited to add, you can find them for less on amazon and other discount sites, because full price they are over $300. They do tend to go on sale at the end of the season though!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      11 Sep 2017
      7:04pm

      And I’m on the other end of the spectrum, Heather, needing wide-calf boots. 🙂

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        Dana D
        11 Sep 2017
        7:23pm

        Me also MamaV!

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    Niki
    11 Sep 2017
    12:18pm

    The first pair with the lug sole are to die for!

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    Francine
    11 Sep 2017
    12:22pm

    I guess I’m in the minority but I LOVE OTK boots. My knees aren’t so pretty, have athletic calves and OTK just streamlines my whole look. Knee high boots just cut at the worst part for me (knee overhang!)

    The key is having a top tie, rather than a flap (that can look piratey). Stuart Weitzman is the gold standard, but Sam Edelman does a lovely dupe.

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      Valleyoftheshoes
      12 Sep 2017
      7:46am

      I love all kinds of boots but I am really into over-the-knee boots lately. I picked up three pairs of Stuart Weitzman Lowlands last year’s, all on sale, and they make me feel extra special whenever I wear them. Agree on no flaps and tie tops to keep them sleek.

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    Sheila
    11 Sep 2017
    12:22pm

    LOVE this! thank you.

    Another request:
    Upcoming religious holidays. Need a conservative dress, impossibly chic and non-frumpy.

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    Hick from Styx
    12 Sep 2017
    10:48am

    Not a minute too soon, with the possibility of snow on the way later this week. One day, temperatures in the 90s, Fahrenheit speak. The next, snow. And since we live in boots for months, these are dressy enough for concert and theatre season.

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    Jaimie E
    12 Sep 2017
    11:36am

    Love those Lost Sole boots!!! If they had them in my size I would try to find the cash because they look like they’d last forever

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