It's the most wonderful time of the year, it's boots season y'all! I love a good pair of boots and I definitely love that it's starting to get cool enough to wear them. Ankle, chelsea, combat, cowboy– whatever kind of boots they are, they're perfect for fall. I feel like boots are something you should really invest in, and I have a few tips to find the best boots for fall, and keep them in great shape.
I love a good ankle boot and I finally got my hands on the Billie Boot from Madewell that everyone and their mother has. As much as I love suede, leather is more durable and will look a lot better for longer. These shoes have a heel which makes them perfect for nighttime, but they're still super easy to walk in and I have no problem wearing them to class, work, the grocery store and everywhere in between.
While leather is pretty durable and holds up better than other materials, it still needs to be taken care of to keep it in tip top shape. My dad has quite a collection of leather shoes and I have plenty of memories of him polishing and buffing his shoes weekly.
Anytime I buy suede or leather shoes I always always always make sure to waterproof them and protect them. I bought this leather protector on amazon and it was the easiest thing to use. You rub the wax all over the shoes and let it soak in for a day, that's it! This wax in particular darkened the color of my boots slightly, but not enough to really change the look. Leather is a natural material, and much like our own skin it needs to be moisturized to look good and prevent any cracking or dryness. Using a leather protector every few months will keep your boots looking good and make them last much longer.
Lastly, let's talk a second about socks. First of all, if you're not wearing socks with your boots please reevaluate your life. Secondly, if you are trying to break in a new pair of leather boots please for the love of God wear a thick pair of socks. Not only will they help stretch out your boots faster, but they will prevent you from getting the worst blister of your life (speaking from experience here). I made the mistake and wore a pair of regular ankle socks from H&M and I paid for it by the end of the day. I'm a bit partial to Bombas (I'm an intern for them!), but a good pair of thick socks will make breaking in boots less painful. I'm looking forward to wearing these marl calf socks slouched atop my ankle boots, but if you don't want your socks to be a part of your outfit, I'd advise wearing a pair of no-show socks, or black ankle socks.
I hope this post was helpful! I'm curious, what kinda of boots do you plan to rock this fall?