And here's the thing. I almost never wear heels these days.
I mean, I love heels. LOVE. And I have comfortable ones. But I typically walk anywhere from 3-5 miles a day. With a stroller. And even when I'm not walking, I'm standing at the playground or walking on the grass in Central Park. Not heel friendly.
So, dear reader, thank you for the reality check. Flat boots are where it's at.
I've rounded up three styles of boot that do not seem at home on Dylan McKay, but are suited perfectly for fall weekend excursions or long strolls.
Work Boots: I sort of lumped a bunch in this category of more "functional boots." The Loeffler Randall rain bootie is a classic these days, especially since everyone and their sister has a pair of Hunters. I love the army green and the lace up, but they make a sleeker version too. Also, I like that you don't have to tuck in your pants in the rain with these, because OMG, that can get so hot.
The LL Bean boots bring back all kinds of high school nostalgia for me. I think they have that urban-woodsman-cool vibe, even though the closest I get to the woods is the wood chips on the median on Park Avenue. They are useful, well made, cool looking, and under $100. It's like playing with house money.
The Clark's boot here is an American classic, like apple pie and manifest destiny. It's definitely a look, what my sister would call "nerdbomber chic," that not everyone can pull off. But if you can, rock out with your pocket protector out.
Loeffler Randall Rain Bootie / LL Bean Boots / Clark's Desert Boot
Chelsea Boots: So, these are very similar to the Beatle boots. Probably the same. I'm sure someone will point out that the Chelsea boot name was derived from the London neighborhood and the Beatles wore them and then stole the name, blah blah. Whatever. I wanted to make three categories. I think of the Chelsea boot as a little more "weekend" and horse-y, as opposed to "mod" and Austin Powers-ish. The Anthro boots have a thin sliver heel, which is a nice compromise, and the zippers add a little...well...zip. The other two are a more classic look, perfect with jodhpurs. Or you know, regular pants.
Anthropologie Zip Wedge Boots / ASOS Abacus Chelsea Boots / J Crew Emmett Ankle Boots
There you go, some alternatives to the motorcycle boot. Does anyone actually know the etiology of the Beatle boot/Chelsea boot distinction? I'm mostly just too lazy to google it.