What To Look For When Choosing Knee High Boots

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Although you can wear knee-high boots for any season, they’re most popular during fall and winter. You want to consider what you want your knee-high boots for.

Are they to wear to the office? Do you want a more casual style of boots? Deciding this early on can make it easier to find a pair that works for you.

When you have an idea of what you’re looking for, you can narrow down your research and cut down your shopping time.

Irina Shayk, Olivia Palermo, Kelly Brook, Hilary Duff, and Jamie Chung show different ways to wear knee-high bootsIrina Shayk, Olivia Palermo, Kelly Brook, Hilary Duff, and Jamie Chung show different ways to wear knee-high boots (Credit: Avalon / Instar / Janet Mayer / Startraksphoto / WENN)

Knee-high boots will naturally elongate your appearance by creating the illusion of a straight line. Unlike ankle boots, they won’t shorten your legs.

If your goal is to add height and accentuate your curves, you’ll want to choose a lighter color that matches your skin tone.

Chinese Laundry ‘Krafty’ Knee-High Boots, $129.95 at Zappos

Create a leg-lengthening look with neutral-colored knee-high boots like Chinese Laundry's Krafty bootsCreate a leg-lengthening look with neutral-colored knee-high boots like Chinese Laundry’s Krafty boots

Like most boots, the most important element with this style is to find knee-high boots that fit you properly. Your shoes should be a little tighter around your ankle and leg shaft before becoming looser at the top of your knee-high boots.

Yet, the last thing you want is for the shaft to look like it’s a size too big. Likewise, you don’t want the shaft to be too tight around your calves.

If you have a wider calf, most brands now offer a wider option for their most popular knee-high boot styles.

Saint Laurent 68 100mm Knee-High Boots, $1,595 at Farfetch

These Saint Laurent knee-high boots fit perfectly around ankles and are comfy around the shafts and kneesThese Saint Laurent knee-high boots fit perfectly around ankles and are comfy around the shafts and knees

If you’re on the shorter end of the height spectrum, you want to give yourself a few extra inches through your knee-high boots.

When your goal is to add height, you want to choose a style of boots with a rounded tone to naturally elongate your legs.

Le Silla ‘Eva’ Knee-Length Boots, $1,037 at Farfetch

Add height to your look with these Le Silla Eva stiletto boots in leg-lengthening neutral toneAdd height to your look with these Le Silla Eva stiletto boots in a leg-lengthening neutral tone

Knee-high boots can be office-appropriate shoes. If you’re planning to wear these shoes to the office or a professional setting, it’s best to choose a classic leather or patent style.

When in doubt, a pair of black knee-high boots with a block heel is a no-brainer.

If black isn’t your thing, you can swap the color out for brown, another neutral color that dominates the boot industry.

Clarks ‘Marilyn Abby’ Knee-High Leather Boots, $180 at Zappos

Black leather boots with short block heels are comfy and chic enough for workwearBlack leather boots with short block heels are comfy and chic enough for workwear

Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors and prints. The popularity of knee-high boots means you can find them now in every color under the sun.

If you want a pop of color against your dress, knee-high boots can be a perfect choice.

Paris Texas ‘Mama’ Python-Print Knee-High Boots, $835 at Matches Fashion

Look stunningly bold by adding a pair of brightly colored snakeskin-patterned knee-high boots to your classic outfitLook stunningly bold by adding a pair of brightly colored snakeskin-patterned knee-high boots to your classic outfit

The material of your knee-high boots can make or break your shoes. While suede boots are a chic choice, they’re not suitable for the rainy season or if you live in damp climates.

These shoes will keep you snug and warm during winter if you live in a cooler climate where it doesn’t rain.

UGG ‘Emerie’ Knee-High Suede Boots, $149.95 at Zappos

These UGG boots will keep you warm and snug when temperatures dropThese UGG boots will keep you warm and snug when temperatures drop

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