Thoughts on boots trends & choices

I sort of want more flat ankle boots for winter. Black, as usual. I'm thinking through what (if any...) holes I have in my shoe collection and whether I want to follow any trends or do my own untrendy thing.

I own two refined ankle boots and two RATE boots (photos below):

  • Allsaints pointed-toe boots, mid ankle, workhorses
  • slightly glitter-y booties, low ankle, rarely worn
  • a variant on classic Dr Martens, mid ankle (they look more like boots and less like sneakers in person)
  • laced combat boots from Madewell, high ankle; former workhorses that I've shifted away from
Possible additions that have caught my eye (Finds below) -- I could buy one or maybe two of these.
  • Frye engineer 8r boots (an insightful birthday present from my boyfriend, to be ordered - I haven't tried them on yet)
  • Theyskens Theory boots (wanted since they were new, and currently cheap on ebay - the Find is a different color but I'd buy them in black)
  • Atelje sneaker boots (bought, but can't decide if the size is right)
One trend this year seems to be taller, fitted ankle boots like Angie has been wearing with cropped jeans, either zipped or chelsea. Another (not new this year) is low booties with skinny jeans rolled above them. Of course, I don't always follow trends, but I worry that the clunky Frye boots or the Theyskens boots with intentional giant flowerpot effect are past their peak trendiness, though I could certainly 'own' the look.

In terms of how they'd fit into my wardrobe, I can picture the Frye boots with relaxed skinnies (my current favorite silhouette). The Theyskens boots would go with true skinnies or tights and skirts; these seem less versatile and less useful. The Atelje sneaker boots are a bit harder -- boyfriend jeans or relaxed skinnies rolled at the ankle, or maybe my R13 jeans or cropped cigarette jeans like Angie's (I found a pair at Zara that I might buy, despite having too many jeans already). I worry that they'd be too sporty for me, but there's something about them that I love, a bit of a Rick Owens vibe.

Should I look for something sleek and mid-calf instead of these? Other trend ideas? I could do a slight heel, by the way, but not much higher than the Frye boots.

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19 Comments

  • approprio replied 2 years ago

    I have no advice to offer regarding what you should buy, as I'm not sure I understand your criteria, but I absolutely love the Ateljes and I think you'd find many ways to wear them. They have something of the wild card about them, no?

    ETA: The Frye Engineers are so classic that I don't think you need to worry too much about whether or not they're trendy. They're very "you", which is far more important.

  • Brooklyn replied 2 years ago

    I wont comment on the trends question but as a Frye fan I recommend the Frye Veronica zip back short boots. Because of the zip they are a little more fitted than the engineers (less of a flower pot effect). I have worn mine hiking so I can testify to them being both robust and comfortable.

    Oh, and I do like those Rick Owens type sneaker boots for a completely different look.

    Hopefully Shedev will chime in.

  • kkards replied 2 years ago

    i don't think you can go wrong with the Frye's, i feel like (oxymoron here) its a hipster classic….i think Atelje could be great, or it could go the other way. IMO the Theyskens are nice, but nothing special, but could be a nice "everyday" boot. 

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    I worry about the flower pot effect too, Greyscale. I vote the Fryes or the sneaker boots. Get them both and play dress up at home. Assess which you like better. 

  • Diana replied 2 years ago

    I think the Frye engineers are a classic and always look stylish. I own the Veronica shorties, which look almost identical except with a different heel shape, and they are lighter weight, which was the selling point for me for the Veronica vs the engineer - just something to think about if boot weight bothers you (I don't wear my docs often because I find them too heavy and my legs get tired by the end of the day). The Veronicas are not by any means *light,* they're just not as heavy as the original engineers and I think the leather is softer and a bit slouchier. They are super workhorses. I wear them with various skinny pants tucked in, or with skirts and dresses. The taller and wider shaft means that less skinny skinnies still fit inside nicely and don't bunch, I don't think you'll regret these. Besides, you're a child of the 90's like me, and these boots do the dress+stomps boots thing SO WELL.

    I also like the sneaker boots although I agree they might not be as versatile. But they are cool and interesting, and would work with rolled up pants, which is the one thing the Fryes can't do.

    Not wild about the Theyskens booties. The wide shaft, combined with that toe, does not look intentional to me. I worry they would just look kinda bland and ill-fitting. But of course they could look great on your feet, so feel free to prove me wrong!

  • Janet replied 2 years ago

    I'm not feeling the Anise so much for you -- they seem a little too safe, and yeah, that wide opening does make for a styling challenge. I really want to see those Ateljes on you! And if my experience with my Ugg moto boots is any indication, you will find the Fryes very useful (similar vibe, see my Find below). 

  • Janet replied 2 years ago

    I had to chime back in and hijack the thread -- Brooklyn, that ombre jacket is AWESOME. I'm coming to steal it! ;-) 

  • JAileen replied 2 years ago

    Brooklyn, I just noticed the jacket, too. Wow! Your dog is cute too.

  • Greyscale replied 2 years ago

    Thank you all for the opinions!

    You've convinced me to take the Theyskens boots off my shopping list. I do like them but they wouldn't fill any niche in my wardrobe.

    I'm glad you all consider the Fryes classic rather than dated - that's what I was hoping. Perfect as a birthday gift, since they'll have some longevity.

    Diana and Brooklyn, I'm planning to look at the Veronicas also. They do look nicer in some ways, but Frye women's boots are often too narrow on me, and the engineer boots are cut more like men's boots. I think the heavy look of the original is fine for my style, but I'll need to see them on.

    And yes, I love that jacket, Brooklyn!

    The Atelje boots are growing on me. I ordered the 7 and thought they were too big, so exchanged for a 6.5, which is just a smidge too short (my toenail hits the end when I walk). I might re-order the 7 and do a side by side comparison, though it's from the Outnet which does not have free return shipping, so that is sad. The 7 fits my orthotics, which might be a huge win if they're comfortable. I could picture these being my fits-all-occasions travel shoes.

  • rachylou replied 2 years ago

    Yes, that is what I say too - the Frye's and the Ateljes...

  • shedev replied 2 years ago

    I love the Atelje boots. My 2 pairs with this vibe have virtually orphaned all my other shoes. I also like the Fryes, nice classic boot.

  • Brooklyn replied 2 years ago

    Just chiming back in to say I think the engineers are a good choice. And classic. I would happily wear them also.
    And thanks everyone for the comments on my jacket and unbearably adorable dog. :)

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    Fryes are my choice. They are different than your current collection, in that you can tuck jeans into them. I like that they will work with your current favorite jeans silhouette, too--that seems a plus.

  • Greyscale replied 2 years ago

    I got the Atelje boots in the larger size, and they are perfect! They're my holy grail: exactly my style and my orthotics fit perfectly. I've only worn the orthotics in my Converse - many failed attempts to find other shoes. I don't have to wear them every day, but this gives me more chances to treat my feet well.

    I'll post a WIW tomorrow with them.

    Fryes will be ordered soon to try them out. I was hoping to find them in a local store, but no luck.

  • shedev replied 2 years ago

    greyscale, I'm doing a happy dance for you.

  • smittie replied 2 years ago

    Oh you got the ateljes! Great! That's what I was going to recommend.
    I think they're a little trendy and will go nicely with dresses/skirts and pants.
    I want something like this too.

  • Greyscale replied 2 years ago

    Smittie, they're still in stock in many sizes at the Outnet if you want to try them yourself. New Find below - the one I posted before was from the Rack, where they're sold out.

  • Kristin replied 2 years ago

    My 2 cents: the Fryes will never go out of style. I have some engineer 15r and they were comfortable immediately. I had the shaft stretched but the foot bed was perfect.

  • replied 2 years ago

    I don't think there's such a thing as too many boots. That said, what you need them for will determine what you buy. I've purchased a couple of pairs this month because what I had didn't quite measure up to the new dress code at work. I bought a black pair of Sofft Chelsea ankle boots, which I hope will be an acceptable substitute for pumps (I have foot problems), and just found a brown pair of David Tate boots in the same style.

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