At some point, you've undoubtedly experienced the predicament of narrowing down a shopping wish-list to stay within your budget, so you feel our pain in having to select just five sturdy shoe candidates for this story (we started with about fifty!). Thankfully, our heartache let up when we glanced over our final pickings; they are all so jaw-dropping that we'd be thrilled to add even one set of them to our closets! (Actually, we'd like them all please.) Whether you classify yourself as a chic stylista or take a more garage grunge approach to your wardrobe-there is something here for every kind of gal. To see for yourself, read on as we present you with our Top Five favorite black boots!
1. Free People Studded Vintage Combat Boots ($388)
If you style-stalk Erin Wasson as much as we do, you'll immediately recognize that these lace-up boots are in perfect keep with her sensibilities. The pyramid stud-details give the combat style a chic punk update and a take-no-prisoners sort of cool. Also note that these boots are both vintage and embellished by hand, so no two pairs are the same! Wear them with a burnout tee and a pair of destroyed jeans for an ode to nineties grunge or execute a tough-on-pretty ensemble by mixing them with a floral dress.
2. Corsair Over-the-Knee Boots ($178)
We are so strongly drawn to over-the-knee boots this season that we included two pairs of them in today's Top 5 picks. We appointed this set by Corsair, because the price is right-but not at the expense of quality or looks! Plus, they have two of key qualities necessary for a great pair of boots: classic structure and super soft leather. As we mentioned in November's Tips, you can make the boots look even higher by wearing them over a pair of thigh-high black socks.
3. BCBGirls Dana Booties ($130)
How do we love these alluring booties? Let us count the ways! For one, they are perfectly suited for a pair of black, slim-fit, cropped pants or yesterday's suggested harem-styled trousers. Secondly, the slight peep-toe and stud detailing set them apart from your typical black booties. And third, they are still basic enough to match with almost anything, so why not incorporate them into your New Year's Eve attire?
4. Miu Miu Motorcycle Knee Boots ($990)
These boots are so wickedly cool that words can hardly do them justice, but we'll try to offer some informed commentary nevertheless! As motorcycle-meets-equestrian hybrids, they seamlessly transform (thanks to the removable buckles) to accommodate many different looks. You can even counteract their industrial style with something unexpected, like Kova & T's Lace Leggings ($110). If you love this style, but are hesitant to fork over a thousand dollars for shoes (though we assure you, they're well worth the investment and resulting months of ramen), you may want to try BCBGirls Moca Flat Motorcycle Boots ($198) as alternatives.
5. LD Tuttle Serpent Slouch Over-the Knee Boots ($785)
If our previously mentioned pair of over-the-knee boots aren't quite high enough for your taste, consider this set! They naturally hit a few inches above the knee, but this extreme height is balanced out with a modest heel. The strap detailing around the knee looks best tightened over skinny jeans, tights, or liquid leggings. Steve Madden's Amazzin Boots ($240) are our favorite budget-friendly version!-Jessica Amento