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Thanks to shops like Urban Outfitters and magazines like "Nylon," the quintessential hipster look has long gone mainstream. The carefully curated wardrobe of the average hipster mixes one-of-a-kind vintage garments with pieces by emerging, indie designers. And of course, there are the shoes, and no self-respecting scene queen is without a few pairs of boots in her closet. Knee-high or ankle, slouchy or platform, there are an array of styles to choose from that will raise your hipster quotient infinitely.
If you're aching for killer style but don't want to wear the same exact pair as the other girls, then retro is where it's at. And with so many online shops selling vintage wares, hunting down the perfect pair in your size is easier than ever. Pirate cuff styles from the '80s are perennial hipster faves, either with flat heels or with low heels. If boho is more your speed, then 1970s Western-flavored campus boots from brands like Frye and Dingo, or even the classic cowboy, are the way to go.
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Every gal wants a little more height, so if you've got great balancing skills, give platform booties a try. They're bigger than ever with ever-growing heels, and there is an incredibly wide selection out there to choose from. Sam Edelman and Jeffrey Campbell seem to have cornered the platform market, with covetable Frankenstein-like boots that are the perfect anchor for your cut-off jean shorts and strategically torn Ts. You can thank Lady Gaga for the current obsession with freakishly high platforms.
With a renewed interest amongst hipsters in grunge fashion styles of the 1990s, it's only natural for the archetypal footwear of that decade to come kicking back into style -- combat boots. If you wince at the thought of teetering on stilt-like platforms, then these comfortable, tough chic boots are your savior. The king of all combats is, of course, Dr. Marten, whose boots, known for their air-cushioned soles and yellow stitching, have made a huge comeback in street fashion circles.
Perhaps you're more of a preppy hipster than one who follows the trends of the moment. You prefer brass-button blazers and crewneck sweaters to slashed T-shirts and studded leggings. Then the best pair of boots to wear with your argyle socks are lace-up Oxfords. They hit just above the ankle, and give you a bit of that Ivy League air even if you aren't a student at Harvard or Yale. Wear with cuffed straight-legged jeans or pleated shorts.