Fall Fashion Trend: Boot Reboot

These boots are made for more than walking.

Fall and early winter, before the chill sets in, is my favorite time to max out style; this season offers endless opportunities for layering,  playing with textures, structure and volumes. The runways are always overflowing with new ideas, but many are unachievable and unrealistic for real life. So I have curated the trends that matter for those of us that lead an active life on the move, prioritizing pragmatism, those of us needing fashion to work for us, not vice versa—otherwise why invest?  Fall in love, go on, I dare you. There is plenty here to whisk you off your feet, or just keep them squarely on the ground. Follow along as I provide guidance on these trends, one by one, over the next several weeks. Previously, I've discussed athletic layeringgetting politicalpractical bags, spice colors, and plaidsBelow, the sixth trend: 

Trend 6: 
Blade Runner: Hiking Boots Made Over For City Slickers

Time after time, it just happens that something feels right and ripe for reinvention when other ideas have been wrung dry. Say hello to the new hiking boot for metropolitan dwellers. These styles won’t get you far in the Catskills, but will keep you comfortable and on point for everything from errands to coffee—even dinner or drinks if grunge chic is your jam. Their nod to New York’s St. Marks Place punk world also comes into play, as these new styles sit right between the great outdoors and The Sex Pistols. They may not be delicate, but once you get them on, you might just ditch the more demure leather flats that have been a go-to. They bring an inherent toughness, an attitude of devil-may-care. And for the more high octane dressers, there are styles with pointed toes whose lace-up detailing looks toward corsetry. In terms of styling, the key again is juxtaposition. Add something delicate, show a little leg, try a sleek linear silhouette, or just go all-out oversize and wear generous volumes to feel cocooned.