As you begin curating your fall wardrobe, there’s one accessory you can’t forget: the over-the-knee boot. Make no mistake, we love a good bootie or riding boot, but it’s the over-the-knee boot that will have your legs looking killer long. That’s because they provide one fluid line from above your knee to your heel, giving the illusion that your legs just don’t stop. Now that it’s their third season at center stage, we say OTK boots have moved from trendy to full-on staple status.
Plus, because there are so many variations in shape and style, they’re more versatile than you might think. Heel heights vary, all the way from flat to six inches. You can find comfy, flat versions that allow you to walk around all day without pinching. Or, you can tap into your inner Rihanna with a pair of pointy-toe, skinny stilettos. If you’re looking for a lift somewhere between the two, opt for a mid-rise block heel that gives you some height without sacrificing comfort. And if you’re looking to go beyond the basics, there are options available in every texture and color imaginable, from suede to velvet, charcoal gray to bright purple.
Beyond the variety in the boots themselves, you also have endless styling choices. Slide them up over bare legs (or your fave tights) with a mini skirt or dress—or over sleek leggings and thin skinny jeans. On top, everything from a blouse to a T-shirt works. Pair them with a jacket or sweater in the colder months, and you’re street style-ready.
1. Nine West Xperian
These beauties boast nearly a three-inch block heel for some good leg-lengthening height. The half zipper at the side makes sliding them on and up easy, and the fabric upper is super-soft, too. You’ll also appreciate how the square toe and lightly padded footbed keep your arches and toes comfortable and happy.