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Saturday, December 3

10 Commandments of Wearing Brown Boots

It's official-- whether you like horses or not, riding boots are the new footwear must-have.  With so many boots on the market, one must use discretion.  Follow my 10 Commandments for Wearing Brown Boots. 

1. You don't need to have black & brown boots!  You only need 1 pair of brown boots that can be worn  with black/navy/brown/tan/gray/every color of the rainbow.  Therefore, consider doubling your budget.  1 quality pair  > 2 cruddy pairs.
2. Invest in REAL leather.  You're taking the time to find the perfect pair of boots, so you want them to last a long time.  And you sure don't want the stinky feet that come with wearing plastic boots.  You might as well wrap your feet in Saran Wrap and call it a day.
3.  Never wear long dresses or skirts over boots.  One word: Dumpy.  Unless you're a member of the Duggar family, this is not okay.  This will age you 15-20 years.  See the photo to the right.
4. Make sure there is a zipper.  Remember how we want these boots to be timeless and long-lasting?  Well pregnant ladies always seem to have huge calves and swollen feet.  Just saying.  Plan ahead.
5. Tightness at the ankle creates a big foot.  If the boots are noticeably tight at your ankles, you'll get the "clown" effect where your feet look about 2 sizes larger than they are.  Think about how Converse high-tops do this.  Not flattering. 

6.  Get smooth leather, NOT suede.  Suede is confined to fall and winter, whereas smooth leather transitions well into spring and summer. 
7. If you have small calves, beware of the "fisherman waders" look.  This is when it looks like your legs are swimming in your boots.  The boots cluck against your legs are you walk.  Over time the boots begin to scrunch down.  Tip:  Shop around for boots with a circumference of 12-14" versus the average 14-16".
8. Riding boots are neither rainboots nor snowboots. Would you put your leather jacket through the washing machine?  No!  Then I'd hope you wouldn't go tromping through puddles in leather boots. 
9. Avoid studs, buckles, and hardware.  Smooth and simple is best-- it won't detract from your outfit.  You want timelessness.  Not to mention, excessive detail says, "I'm 30 years old, and I still shop in the Juniors department."
10.  Choose Cognac, not Chocolate Brown. This is the #1 mistake people make.  See the photos below.  The boots on the LEFT have a reddish undertone, while the boots on the RIGHT have cool undertones.  The combination on the left looks much more deliberate and pleasing to the eye.
xoxo,
Dylan

32 comments:

  1. a-to the-men girlfriend.

    love, rach.
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  2. Anonymous10:14 PM

    Finally! Someone who understands the importance of a good pair of riding boots.

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  3. Anonymous1:34 PM

    This was a huge help! Thanks! :)

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  4. Anonymous10:23 AM

    Another good read with great advice!

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  5. Anonymous4:26 PM

    so I can wear brown boots with black pants? does the top have to have brown in it

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    1. Anonymous6:10 AM

      Not if the bag and other accessories match shoes.

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    2. Anonymous8:06 PM

      The trick is that brown is a natural color of leather. We're not matching brown to other colors, we're using leather as a natural accent! :*)

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  6. Anonymous7:41 AM

    I love how I can wear my Brown leather boot with black leggings and a nice cute tops. I'm a little late on up to date fashion but with these boot I can't go wrong.

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  7. Love this list, but I'm still having trouble deciding on the color: whiskey or cedar? :P

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    1. Whiskey sounds like it might have grayish undertones, which will compliment both black and brown nicely. Cedar, with its red undertones, would be great too. Honestly, I would go for the lighter shade of the two, as darker browns are harder to mix with black and navy. Hope that helps!

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  8. Anonymous7:42 PM

    Got some good tips from reading this :) thanks for the info!

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  9. Anonymous8:00 PM

    This is such good advice, exactly what I was looking for!! Thanks!

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  10. Anonymous10:07 PM

    Was wondering if you could tell me what the boots are in the firs pic (girl in black dress). Those are PERFECT for me yet can't seem to find similar ones. Thanks!

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  11. Anonymous5:49 PM

    RE: NUMBER 8

    - There are waterproof leather boots on the market for a reason! Not all of us live in sunny florida... over here in the pacific northwest it rains. A. LOT!

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    1. Anonymous2:39 PM

      I live in sunny Florida and I still need waterproof riding boots lol! We get major downpours at all times of year. I don't know what I would do without waterproof leather.

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  12. Anonymous4:39 PM

    I would never wear these stupid 'loser boots' because why would you want to look exactly like 8 of 10 women on the street! Show some individualism! DEATH TO RIDING BOOTS!!!!

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    1. Anonymous9:25 AM

      Um, then why are you reading this? Don't be a hater, just do what you want to do and let us do what we want to do. If you want to be such and individual, start by being a little nicer. There aren't many nice people in the world.

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  13. Anonymous8:53 AM

    BURN BROWN RIDING BOOTS!!!!!

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  14. This is really useful. I'm having trouble deciding between the cognac or dark brown version of these. I just need something that goes with the most outfits. Colours I mostly wear are black, grey, green and dark burgundy red. Any advice? http://www.aldoshoes.com/uk/women/boots/tall-boots/91112787-candlish/28

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  15. Good that I got here. Excited as ever, likely to get back.

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  16. Great!! I´ll come back soon. I really enjoyed it. Thanks a lot!

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  17. Anonymous2:54 AM

    Riding boots with a 2 inch heel v regular 1 inch or less riding boots ?

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  18. For some reason, I can't see any of the pictures :(

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    1. Anonymous10:36 AM

      Me either :(

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  22. Anonymous11:50 PM

    Can I wear blue jeans, black shirt and brown suede shoes?

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  23. I thought I was the only one who felt this way!!!

    People don't appreciate the value of high quality leather. A little investment goes a long way!

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  25. Anonymous12:25 PM

    The photos aren't showing up. I'm loving this post, but would love the pics to go along with it. Thank you so much!

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