When Is It OK to Start Wearing Boots?

You can wear booties like these even in the summer.

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Sometimes your shoes are so fabulous they beckon you even when it's not the right time for them. But all shoes don't work in all seasons. Just because you're drooling over your boots doesn't mean you should necessarily wear them in August. Learn when and where to wear your boots and just how soon it's OK to pull them out of storage and strut your stuff.

Good News

Before even getting into the logistics of when you can wear boots, you'll be happy to know that there are some ways that you can wear your boots whenever you like. It's all about the type of boot you wear and how you style them. So, before you store all your boots for the summer, decide whether you have a few pairs that are appropriate during any season.

How to Pull It Off

If you want to wear boots during the warmer months, try booties. They stop at the ankle so they don't cover as much of your leg. Wear them with shorts, skirts and dresses. Let your feet breathe even more by wearing open-toed booties or cage-booties, which are basically a hybrid of sandals and boots.

Your Winter Boots

If you've got more conventional boots, it can get a bit tricky. The important thing to remember is there is not particular month when boots are more or less appropriate. It really depends on the temperature. If you live up north, you'll have more cool boot days than someone in a warmer climate. If it's chilly outside, wear your boots, simple as that.

Spring and Fall

Sometimes it's tough to wear your boots all day. During the spring and fall months when it's chilly in the morning and hotter during the day, you might think your boots are comfy but find your tootsies sweating by midday. Try pairing your boots with breezier pieces to keep the rest of your cool. This means you might need to layer. So try a dress paired with a cardigan you can remove when it gets warmer as the day goes on. And don't forget those open-toed booties, which are more seasonally friendly for spring and fall.

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