Fashion writer Laurel Zapke tracks down bold, beautiful and bargain-priced boots for every season and reason imaginable.
SHOPPING AROUND | In Vancouver, it’s boot season all year long. The Kitsilano Chic girls wear fuzzy boots with bare legs and shorts in the summer evenings, while the uptown crowd wears thigh-highs with five-inch heels in any season. My favourites are soft black leather with a short chunky heel and zipped up comfortably to mid-calf. The only thing I love more than the way they feel is the price tag: less than $100. To help you track down your own favourites, we’ve done the footwork to find the most current styles with price tags under $200.
Laurel Top Boot Sources For Bargain Hunting Babes
Riding Boot: This style works anywhere—at the country club, at Sunday brunch or cavorting about town. I got mine last year at Aldo for under $100. Get yours at the 30 percent off all boots promotion currently at Aldo Liquidation, 810 Granville Street, 604-605-8939, www.aldoshoes.com
Dress Boot: With a heel, either spiked or stacked, you’ll stand out in these boots no matter what else you’re wearing. On trend now are big stacked heels, wedges and platforms. Sterling carries dress boot bargains in multiple styles and colours, ranging from $80 to $200 per pair. www.sterlingshoes.com
Thigh-High Boot: These statement boots are now worn by both It girls and girls next door. A wide variety of imported styles from Italy in the $200 range can be found at Browns’ B2 stores. www.brownsshoes.com
Casual Boot: With a short or flat heel, in suede or leather, calf- or knee-high, and often pull-on, these boots are made for comfort. Find an inexpensive yet trendy pair in grey for $29 at Walmart, or check Sterling for a wide variety of pricing and styles. www.sterlingshoes.com
Winter Boot: Brave wet weather in boots that zip up quickly for walking the dog or have faux fur trim to keep you cosy. Atmosphere (formerly Coast Mountain Sports) has a two-week sale starting November 30—buy one pair and get 50 percent off the second pair. www.atmosphere.ca
The Shoe Company, Disneyland for Shoe Divas, has not only great discount prices but also a bedazzling selection of warm boots from Columbia, Sorel, Merrell and more. Many styles from Elements are designed for minus 30C, are waterproof, have cosy faux fur linings and are priced at $69.99 and $89.99—plus there’s a $10 off boots promotion until November 30—coupon available online at www.theshoecompany.com.—Laurel Zapke
Photo: Courtesy Sorel