No doubt there are as many eyes on the sidewalks during fashion month as there are on the runways. And one of the biggest draws for street-style photographers? Shoes. From New York to London, the style elite have been flaunting fall’s must-have boots: over-the-knee stunners, dressed-up moto styles, and cutout booties. Here’s how to work them into your wardrobe.

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Cutout
From sporty caged styles to color-blocked pointed toes, there is a cutout for every mood. Opt for a strappy, colorful stiletto to complement a menswear-inspired trouser or amp up a simple shift dress with chunky-heeled, open-toe bootie.

Over-the-Knee
One of the sexier boot silhouettes, OTK also serves a dual purpose as one of the warmest. Suede, heeled, or flat – the extended height is ideal for experimenting with a short hemline and textured tights. Go for a sultry look with a lace-up version (just don’t be surprised if the cameras follow).

Moto-Inspired
You already know the power of a low-key moto boot, but the latest iterations are anything but simple. With studded bone-white leather and mixed chain detailing, designers are reinventing this perennial off-duty-model favorite. Let this trend do the talking stomping and keep the rest of your outfit classic – think boyfriend jeans and a chunky sweater.

Shop these and more sidewalk boot trends in our Street-Style Star: Rebecca Minkoff Boots & More Boutique, which opened Thursday, September 18, at 11AM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 18, 2014

Everyone knows that boots are made for winter, right? Well, call me unconventional, but I’m a year-round fan of certain styles. Winter, spring, summer – you name the season and I’m wearing them. The best part? It’s a big money-saver when it comes to pedicures.

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1. In the spring, throw on a pair of shorts and mid-calf boots. It’s a celebrity favorite in California, and there’s no reason you can’t pull it off in the Northeast, too. On top, always go for a loose shirt to balance out the look.

2. In the summer, toughen up ladylike sundresses with an unexpected suede bootie. Just make sure to pick a pair that hits no higher than the ankle to avoid overheating.

3. When the fall chill starts to set in, look to a fitted skirt and heeled boot. Remember: always allow a few inches between your hem and your boot.

4. In the winter (or rather, boot season), break out that miniskirt you always reserve for summer, add tights, and pull on a pair of flat over-the-knee boots. The key here is to skip a heel so you’ll look polished and appropriately pulled-together.

The For the Love of Boots: Women’s Every-Height Styles Boutique opens Friday, January 25, at 3PM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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January 25, 2013