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Level Up Your Footwear with These 19 Fierce Knee-High Boots

What to Look for in Knee High Boots

Material

These days, boots can be made from a variety of materials, ranging from leather to vegan leather to rubber. Choosing the right material depends on your personal preference as well as functional needs.

Smooth leather is a go-to choice for its versatile look and durability. Today, you can find vegan leather options that look and feel just like the real deal. Suede offers a softer look but it can be harder to keep clean, especially when in lighter colors. For a fiercer look, opt for croc or snakeskin-embossed (vegan) leather.

If you are looking for a boot that can withstand rain or snow, consider rubber options or leather that has been treated to be waterproof.

Heel & Shaft Height

A lot of people (myself included) love boots because they give a few extra inches of height without the pain of wearing high heels. Some boots can be as low as 1 inch while others can be more than 4 inches tall. 

Deciding on a heel height should come down to when and where you will wear the boot. Stiletto styles are great for dressy occasions where you won’t have to be standing and walking a ton. On the other hand, a lower, thicker heel makes for a better everyday boot that won’t give you blisters as you stroll the town. 

“I gravitate towards a short and chunky heel. I can't walk in high heels, so shorter is always better for me,” says Kahn. “I also tend to look for chunky platforms, since this gives you additional height without making it harder to walk.”

Shaft height is the length from the top of the foot to the top of the boot. For knee-high boots, this length can range anywhere from 12 to 18 inches. For those who are petite (under 5’4”), try to look for a boot with a shaft under 15.5 inches, says Chi Li, founder of Petite Dressing and The Petite Style Bible. Otherwise, the shaft may go up too high and hit your knee at an awkward spot. 

Toe Shape

Square, round, almond, pointed—oh my! Today’s toe shape options are endless. Almond—slightly rounded—and round are the most common and versatile toe shapes. Square toe offers a vintage look and is quite trendy this fall. Pointed-toe boots create a sexy look and are great for going out. For petite individuals, Li recommends the pointed toe. 

“For petites, the toe shape is key. I always go with pointy-toe boots, because they are the best to elongate our legs. The second best is rounded toe. These can be more comfortable for those of us who are not used to pointy toe,” says Li.

Tread

In theory, boots are made for colder months, but not all of them can handle the elements equally. Besides checking for waterproof materials and insulation, you should look at the bottom of the shoe for tread. Most dressy or stiletto styles have slick bottoms that don’t provide any grip when walking in the rain or snow. While this might be fine for a fancy dinner, even commuting to work on a wintery day may become dangerous.

Thankfully, it's trendy to wear boots with chunky soles and plenty of tread. If you are truly venturing out in the tundra, choose a pair with waterproof rubber soles. Widely spaced lugs offer good traction and shed mud more easily, according to REI.

FAQ

  • Knee-high boots aren’t just reserved for the winter. Living in New York City, Kahn likes to pair tall boots with shorts or mini skirts on warmer fall days. 

    “My favorite way to style knee-high boots are either with a skirt or with a dress. I think that tall boots balance out short skirts nicely, ” says Kahn. “As it gets colder, you can start to layer these looks with heavy sweaters, layering shirts, stockings, and jackets to adjust to the colder weather.”

    When the temperatures dip, knee-high boots can provide extra warmth while still staying chic. Throw on some thermal leggings and thick, knee-high socks to keep your legs toasty. Tall boots also are a lifesaver when it comes to wearing dresses or skirts in the winter. Simply layer your thickest socks over thermal tights and hide it all inside the boot. Oversized sweaters and sweater dresses look great with tall boots and simple bottoms tucked inside. Top it all off with a cute puffer jacket, wool coat, or parka, and you are good to go. 

  • The beauty of knee-high boots is that they often make you look instantly put together. So when you are feeling especially lazy, you can simply throw on a pair of leggings and an oversized sweater or hoodie plus the tall boots for a cozy-chic look. This is especially a good way to dress down stiletto boots if you want to wear them during the day. 
    “A ‘cool girl’ way of wearing your stiletto boots more casually is to wear a hoodie, with an oversized motto leather jacket, a pair of jeans, and some chunky sunglasses with a side body bag,” says Lopez.

     When going out at night, knee-high boots pair perfectly with shorter skirts and dresses. Tights are optional, depending on the weather.

    “Different ways you can style your knee-high boots during a fall day is by pairing either your brown, white, or cream suede boots under a midi skirt. This midi skirt can have a floral print to it and you can top it off with a chunky knit sweater,” says Lopez. “To spice things up for a night look, I would opt for a pair of patent leather boots, a mini black skirt, or a pair of dark high-waisted denim shorts and a cute blouse or a basic top underneath with a grey suede moto jacket over top. When it comes to styling day versus night looks, you want to keep your day looks more light and fresh whereas your night looks can be darker and edgier.”

  • Just because you are short and the boot is tall doesn’t mean you can’t wear the shoe. When styled correctly, a pair of knee-high boots can make you look taller. Like Li says, it’s best to go with a pointed toe style to elongate the legs and don’t shy away from a higher heel. While slouchy and wide-leg boots are currently in, they can overwhelm the petite frame, so a sleek, tight shaft might be a better fit. Also, remember to check the shaft height and try to find one under 15.5 inches.

    When choosing what to pair them with, go with similar colors to create one long line. For instance, wearing black boots with black leggings or jeans doesn’t break up your leg, so it looks like they are stretching for days. 

    “What works best for me (I'm 5'3” for reference) if for example, I want to wear leggings or skinny jeans; is to pair fitted OTK boots with dark colors because it creates the illusion of height,” says Konaté. “If I'm wearing a dress or skirt, it is so crucial that I leave a space between the top of the boots and the bottom hem of the dress or skirt. Otherwise, the styling looks off to me.”

  • Depending on the boot and your outfit, you might find the shaft slipping down as you wear it throughout the day. Thankfully, there are some simple ways to keep your boots up.

    “To prevent my knee-high boots from falling or slouching, I usually will wear them with thick socks underneath or ankle warmers. I find this to be the best method to keep my boots in place if I find that they are a bit wide around my legs,” says Lopez. “If you are wearing a pair of suede boots, you can glue a piece of velcro to the inside of the boot and then tie an elastic band around your leg where the velcro will attach to it to ensure it doesn't fall throughout the day.” 

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Emily Cieslak is a Byrdie contributor and has written about fashion for other publications like The Knot, Real Simple, and Red Carpet Fashion Awards. While living in London and New York City, knee-high boots were her footwear of choice, keeping her warm and stylish while she explored the cities on foot.

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The 30 Best Boots for Women to Feel Comfortable and Look Stylish This Season

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Cold weather signals the official beginning of boot season. According to celebrity stylist Jacqueline Zenere, who works with Ashley Benson and Olivia Palermo, there are a few new women’s boots styles you should scope out this season. “A square toe is the hot ticket,” Zenere says. “And if you don’t have a pair of cowboy boots in your closet, it’s time to invest.”

But that’s far from all. There are a handful of other popular women’s boots that should be on your radar.

The different types of boots for women this season

  • Ankle Boots: can range in design, but are described as a boot that covers the whole foot up to the ankle.
  • Chelsea Boots: an iconic type of ankle boot with a close-fitting elastic side panel.
  • Hiking Boots: specifically designed for protecting the feet during outdoor activities.
  • Over-the-Knee Boots: boots with a tall shaft that comes up past your knee.
  • Knee-High Boots: a boot that stops right before the knee.
  • Combat Boots: a classic lace-up style that usually hits right at the calf.
  • Platform Boots: characterized by a chunky, usually flat, sole that typically adds a few inches of height.
  • Cowboy or Western Boots: traditionally detailed with western elements like stitching, a snip toe design, high shaft and no lacing.
  • Winter Boots: cold-weather boots intended to keep feet warm and protected, usually insulated and fully lined with a cozy material.
  • Rain Boots: a waterproof, typically, rubber or plastic boot.

What to consider when purchasing the most comfortable boots for women

Since you’ll be spending a lot of time walking or standing in your new boots, they should be comfortable. According to Silicon Valley-based podiatrist Najwa Javed, there are a few best practices everyone should consider when purchasing the best women’s boots for you.

  • As a general rule, opt for a wide and roomy toe box to prevent toes from being smashed. “Picking a toe box that is uplifted will help reduce pressure in the toe box and keep from developing metatarsalgia (a.k.a. ball of foot pain),” Dr. Javed says.
  • Consider heel height. “If the boots are too flat, plantar fasciitis or heel pain is the most common issue,” explains Dr. Javed. But if the boot is too high, say with a four-inch stiletto, “the toes might cramp and leg pain might occur, because the muscles in the calf get cramped,” she says.
  • Wear weather-appropriate footwear. In snow and rain, Dr. Javed says boots with traction or grip are very important. Cold weather boots should have a heel no high than two inches, “otherwise the ankle can twist and you can develop ankle sprains and even ankle fractures,” she warns.
  • If you struggle with common foot issues like flat feet, wide feet or high arches or foot conditions like plantar fasciitis, Dr. Javed strongly suggests styles with orthopedic footbeds. “Always buy a shoe with a stable sole to help support the arch of the foot; this can be assured when you have at least a one-inch heel thickness compared to the toe box,” she explains.

How to take care of your boots to make them last longer

And because you’re bound to get a lot of use out of your best boots, it’s important you take care of them so they last longer. Winter boots get a little more beat up in snow and rain, so apply salt stain remover immediately after contact. Leather conditioners can help remove scuffs from and revive dried-out hides, while a suede kit can help clean the more delicate fabric. For shoes that aren’t waterproof, try a waterproof spray (bonus if it’s also stain-proof). Most importantly, remember to wipe down and clean your shoes after every wear.

With options spanning a range of styles and price points, shop the 30 best boots for women this season — including pairs highly-reviewed by customers and even recommended by Zenere.

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Ugg Bailey Bow II Boots

Best Cozy Boots

No argument here — Ugg makes the coziest women’s boots around. For the holiday season, opt for the Bailey, complete with two satin bows along the backside. Like all Ugg slippers, these are fully lined with genuine shearling to keep feet toasty. They’re complete with the brand’s patented treadlite sole for cushioning, traction and durability and come in seven color options that are sure to match all your loungewear favorites.

Ugg Bailey Bow II


Dolce Vita Huey Booties

Best Ankle Boots for Women

Trendsetters, take note. This season is all about cool girl ankle boots that strike a balance between feminine and edgy. These thick-soled booties offer a fresh take on neutral thanks to a soft almond color tone. Engineered for comfort, the style’s elastic band forms to your ankle like a sock. Just like any other neutral shoe, wear these with closet staples you already own.

Dolce Vita Huey Booties


Miista Noor Square Toe Boots

Best Square Toe Boots for Women

Perhaps the hottest shoe trend for fall? The square toe boot. “I actually styled these on Ashley Benson; they are the best example of what to look for this season,” Zenere says. “We haven’t had new toe shapes in some time, and this brand executed the trend the best I’ve seen.” To recreate Ashley’s all-black look, pair your boots with a blazer and trousers that hit just above the ankle.

Miista Noor Square Toe Boot


LifeStride Adriana Ankle Booties

Most Comfortable Boots for Walking All Day

It’s no wonder Amazon reviewers are raving about these comfy ankle boots from Lifestride, a brand known for its soft insoles and easy-flexing soles that move with you. Also complete with a trendy braid design and buckle detail, these shoes are absolute showstoppers. What’s more they’re wallet-friendly and available in medium and wide width to help you find your perfect fit.

LifeStride Adriana Ankle Bootie


Acne Studios Jensen Ankle Boots

Best Chelsea Boots for Women

The iconic Jensen boots from Acne Studios takes the basic black bootie to the next level. It’s crafted from smooth black leather and complete with a leather sole and insole. Perfect to wear with everything from business suits to casual crop tops, the versatile pointed-toe design is adorned with subtle metal caps for a sleek overall feel.

Acne Studios Jensen Ankle Boots


Steve Madden Leopold Boots

Best Flat Boots 

Here’s an everyday flat boot for women that won’t break the bank. Available in two tan hues, this Steve Madden take on a Chelsea boot is made with durable materials like synthetic leather on the sole and suede everywhere else. Both options will seamlessly transition from the office to the weekend.

Steve Madden Leopold


Charles David Tommi Over the Knee Boots

Best Budget Square Toe Boots

As Zenere noted, square toe boots are all the rage right now. Give your classic black knee-high an update with this leather pair from Charles David. The square toe and matching block heel give the style a mod vibe. The is slightly relaxed but still structured to give your legs a lengthening effect. Pair these with fitted denim, flowy skirts and mini skirts — anything that shows off the boot.

Charles David Tommi Over the Knee Boot


Paris Texas Croc-Effect Knee-high Boots

Best Knee-High Boots

Paris Texas is one of the hottest women’s boot brands on the Instagram scene. These croc effect knee-highs from the label show just why people are so obsessed with the company. Crafted in Italy, these leather-lined glossy heels will add a dose of glamour to any look. Pro tip: Pair them with high hemlines to accentuate your legs.

Paris Texas Croc-effect Knee-high Boots


Khaite Dallas Leather Boots

Best Cowboy Boots for Women

You heard it here first: If you don’t have a pair of cowboy boots in your closet, you should. “I whip them out every fall, and they elevate every look from ‘cute’ to ‘cool’ (and, no, you don’t have to be from the south to wear them),” Zenera says. This modern pair from Khaite will cost you a pretty penny priced at over $1,000, but it won’t go out of style. “I would pair these à la Princesa Diana with an oversized black blazer, belted high-waisted denim and a cashmere tunic tucked in,” she adds.

Khaite Dallas Knee-High Leather Boots


Stuart Weitzman Highstreet Over The Knee Boots

Best Over-the-Knee Women’s Boots

These iconic Stuart Weitzman boots are one of the brand’s all-time best sellers. They’re made in Spain with stretchy suede and detailed with tonal topstitching. The pointed toe and angular block heel design give the boot a sleek edge, while its 3.5-inch heel height is perfect for transitioning your look from day to night. Pair these with a blazer and jeans for work or a slip dress on date night.

Stuart Weitzman Highstreet Over The Knee Boot


Sorel Tivoli IV Waterproof Winter Boots

Most Comfortable Snow Boots for Women

Looking for the best women’s winter boots? These Sorel boots are built to keep feet cozy and dry, no matter the conditions. The fully waterproof style has a full faux fur lining and enhanced with 100 grams of cold-busting insulation, plus a thick, treaded sole for superb traction on snow and ice. The lace-up design also allows you to to tighten or loosen as you please.

Sorel Tivoli IV Waterproof Winter Boot


Isabel Marant Denvee Suede Boots

Everything from french designer Isabel Marant is effortlessly cool — including these faded suede boots. Subtle western details like curved panels and pull tabs on the uppers will make these block heels your new go-to. Yes, they’re a splurge at $825, but one you won’t regret buying them as you’ll wear them with basically your entire wardrobe.

Isabel Marant Denvee Suede Boots


Columbia Newton Ridge Plus Hiking Boots

Best Hiking Boots for Women

Hiking boots aren’t just for show. Yes, they’re very trendy at the moment, but if you’re going to invest in a pair, you want them to be functional, too. Columbia’s Newton Ridge boots are an Amazon best seller because they strike that balance between fashion and function. These lace-ups are made with waterproof full-grain leather and a mesh bootie construction for a secure, breathable fit. They come in 22 color combos, so go ahead and match them to every sporty look you have.

Columbia Newton Ridge Plus Hiking Boot


Manu Atelier Duck Leather Lace-Up Boots

Best Victorian-Style Lace-up Boots

According to Zenere, women should lean into the lace-up boot trend this season. “I just love seeing more and more lace-up boots en vogue,” she shares. Take this designer pair from Turkish brand Manu Atelier. Chic and versatile, they promise to be staple fall boots. And since they’re not too clunky, you can even pair them feminine items like dresses and skirts. “These shoes would be lovely with a knit dress by Bevza I’ve been eyeing,” says Zenere.

Manu Atelier Duck Leather Lace-Up Boots


Dr. Martens Jadon 8-Eye Platform Boots

Best Combat Boots for Women

Dr. Martens’ OG combat boots will forever be a favorite. Complete with classic Doc’s detailing like visible stitching, grooved sides and a scripted heel tab, they make it easy to pull the combat boot trend off with any outfit. Additionally, the man-made footbed is cushioned for lasting comfort and the textile lining lets feet breathe.

Dr. Martens Jadon 8-Eye Platform Boot


Amazon Essentials Women’s Lace Up Combat Boots

Best Budget Combat Boots

Test drive the combat boot trend this fall without breaking the bank in this pair from Amazon’s in-house label, Amazon Essentials. A number one best seller for the retailer, this under-$50 style has a buttery soft faux leather upper, sturdy leather sole and cushy memory foam footbed for a great marriage of style, function and comfort.

Amazon Essentials Women's Lace Up Combat Boot


Coach Leigh Knee High Boots

Best Riding Boots for Women

This equestrian-inspired style will always be a classic. The rubber lug sole and leather lining are made for outdoor wear, while the polished hardware finishes and rich leather (in walnut or black) add a sophisticated touch to your outfit. Team these boots with a crisp button-up and skinny pants for the ultimate preppy look.

Coach Leigh Knee High Boot


Lucky Brand Basel Ankle Booties

Most Comfortable Ankle Boots

A zip-up detail adds a nice design element to an otherwise basic boot — like in Lucky Brand’s signature Basel ankle bootie. It has a little lift with a 1.5-inch block heel and a dual size zipper closure for a secure fit. Go with a black leather or bold garnet red to spice up your look. If you want to peruse your options, there’s a whopping 44 colors in total to choose from.

Lucky Brand Basel Ankle Bootie


Dr. Martens Rometty Sanguine Boots

Best Platform Chelsea Boots

Chelsea style boots are the unofficial cool girl footwear of fall. These slip-ons are equipped with all the signature features of a Dr. Martens shoe, including a lug sole, visible stitching and a scripted heel-loop. They also include a durable, burnished leather upper and air-cushioned sole, so you can wear them day to night with ease and comfort.

Dr. Martens Rometty Sanguine 


Tecovas The Annie Boots

The ‘Annie’ style is Tecovas’ newest boot, but still has a very classic feel with its premium leather upper, snip toe design and 14-inch shaft that hits just below the knee. The silhouette also features an eye-catching stitch pattern to add intrigue to any look, from flirty dresses to head-to-toe denim.

Tecovas The Annie


Abra Ankle Boots

If you want to take a risk this season, Zenere suggests test driving a corset-inspired look. These pink belted ankle boots from Abra fit the bill. “I’d love to see these with a pair of clean black The Row trousers and belted Dries Van Noten coat.”

Abra Ankle Boots


Dream Pairs Ankle Booties

Best Budget Booties 

Come the holidays, everyone will be on the hunt for a chic black bootie to wear with leggings and party dresses. These suede booties from Amazon are a steal. Their comfy 3.5-inch block heel will instantly dress up even your most casual looks. The pointed-toe design and hidden inside zipper keep the design minimal, so these boots effortlessly complement bold patterns and festive colors.

Dream Pairs Ankle Booties


A New Day Saoirse Over-the-Knee Boots

Best Budget Over-the-Knee Boots

While investing in a designer pair of over-the-knee boots is well worth it, it can be expensive. Get the look for less with this $40 Target find. Secure the tie at your thigh to keep the boots in place and instantly accentuate your leg line. These are good shoes for walking all day thanks to their flat, padded sole and look effortless with leggings, skinny jeans or mini dresses this holiday season.

A New Day Saoirse Over the Knee Boots 


Hunter Original Insulated Short Snow Boots

Most Comfortable Winter Boots

There are certain technical details, such as insulation and traction outsoles, to look for in the best winter boots. But just because they need to be practical doesn’t mean they can’t be cute, too. Hunter is beloved for its stylish all-weather footwear, including these pastel pink snow boots that are like mini insulated sleeping bags for your feet. No matter your arch type (flat or high) the ortholite footbed on these also adapts to support.

Hunter Original Insulated Snow Boot Short


Revere Damascas Boots

Best Orthopedic Boots for Women

PSA: Today’s orthopedic shoes are actually quite stylish, like these everyday leather booties that come in black or brown. The low wedge comes with a contoured footbed that cradles and cushions the foot, while the side zipper makes for easy on-off — so all you have to decide is what outfit to wear them with.

Revere Damascas


Louise et Cie Sanji Platform Wedge Booties

Best Platform Boots

This wedge bootie is somehow bold and casual all at once. The heel and modest platform give you a boost of height without killing your arches, making these a nice option for walking, while a snug leather upper and contrast detailing underfoot offer added subtle edge to your look.

Louise et Cie Sanji Platform Wedge Bootie


Chooka Waterproof Plush Chelsea Booties

Best Rain Boots for Women

In most climates, rainy days are inevitable. Be prepared for the worst by investing in a pair of trusty rain boots. There’s tons of styles available — from knee high to lace-up — but our go-to will always be a classic Chelsea boot. This waterproof version is lined with cozy sherpa for an extra layer of warmth. Plus, it has a moisture-absorbing-lining to keep feet dry and treaded soles to prevent slippage.

Chooka Waterproof Plush Chelsea Bootie


Steve Madden Ambrose Patent Boots

Best Patent Leather Boots

Nothing says fall quite like a cognac-colored patent leather boot. The sturdy 4-inch block heel on these is high but, in true Steve Madden form, very comfortable. The boot is fully lined with textile fabric, so your feet can breathe even after hours of wear.

steve madden patent leather boot


Universal Thread Sylvie Boots

Best Budget Animal Print Boots

One of the easiest ways to dress up your basics is with a fun, animal print boot. Snakeprint is eye-catching but surprisingly easy to style, making it a new neutral in your closet. This slip-on ankle boot done in the pattern has a modest two-inch block heel and padded insoles for all-day comfort. Show off the pair with cropped denim or satin midi skirts this fall.

Universal Thread Sylvie Boots


Universal Thread Adaline Western Boots

Best Budget Slouchy Boots

Slouchy boots are always popular come fall, and it’s often tough to snag a pair before they sell out. This western-inspired style is still available in all sizes and comes in two shades, black and taupe. The $40 pair is simple to dress up or down and has a comfy memory foam sole that molds to your specific foot shape.

Universal Thread Adaline Western Boots

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What Shoes to Wear with Thigh-High Socks

Thigh-high socks can be a fun, flirty, and enjoyable seasonal style. They’ve been coming back into fashion, but the question is, what shoes do you wear with them? Since thigh-high socks accentuate your legs, making them work is all about your shoes! If you’re clueless about what shoes to wear with thigh-high socks, we’ll answer that question for you in this article. Read on to learn more!

What Shoes to Wear with Thigh-High Socks

About Thigh-High Socks

Thigh-high socks are an exciting piece of clothing. They allow you to look flirty and sexy without needing to reveal excessive skin. On the contrary, thigh-high socks cover much more skin than they show, but they still add a dash of appeal to an otherwise-boring outfit that pants or leggings can’t reproduce. You can wear thigh-high socks with different types of shoes.

Thigh-high socks are also appropriate for many different types of weather. While fall is the best time to wear thick, knitted, cozy socks, thinner, sheer knee-high socks can be appropriate for spring and summer months, too. While knee-high socks usually aren’t the best choice for snowy winters, their appropriateness for the season can vary based on where you live.

Thigh-High Socks with Boots

If you’re wondering what shoes to wear with thigh-high socks, the most reliable answer to this question is boots! Because thigh-high socks are so perfect for cold weather, they tend to work with boots naturally. They work well with just about any type, such as:

  • Galoshes or rain boots
  • Ankle boots or booties
  • Knee-high boots
  • Winter boots
  • High-heeled boots
  • Combat boots

While it might seem counterproductive to pair thigh-high socks with boots since the boots will obscure most of the socks, this isn’t the case. In fact, while you’re wearing boots is the best time to wear your flirty, fun, brightly-colored socks! This way, a pop of fun and color will show above your boots when you wear them, adding some interest to a season that can sometimes be drab and dreary.

In the wintertime and on other chilly days, you can up the warmness factor of a good pair of knee-high socks by wearing them over a pair of leggings. This way, you have an extra layer of warmth protecting your legs from the cold, and you get to show off your socks at the same time!

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Thigh-High Socks with Sandals

When winter is firmly behind you, the next most enjoyable time to wear thigh-high socks is summertime! While you won’t want to wear thick, knit, or lined thigh-highs during the summer, as these will be too warm, there are plenty of thinner socks out there that are more than appropriate for this season.

As far as colors for summer thigh-highs go, stick to rainbows, patterns, floral motifs, and bright colors. Stay away from browns, blacks, and grays that can be better suited to colder seasons unless you’re going for a formal look.

If you’re wondering what shoes to wear with thigh-high socks, especially in terms of color, it all depends on the socks you choose. If you have chunky white sandals, such as Crocs, for example, try pairing them with striped rainbow thigh-highs. If you have brown wedge sandals, they might look best with innocent white or pink thigh-highs for the summertime. These are just a few examples!

The options for sandals that can complement your thigh-high socks are endless. The only limitation to keep in mind is to try to stay away from sandals that go in-between your toes, as these can make your socks uncomfortable. However, if you own a pair of thigh-high toe socks, you can ignore this rule, too!

Just keep in mind that, when wearing thigh-high socks with sandals, you’ll need to position them so that the toe seam sits beneath your toes, or else it will show.

Thigh-High Socks with Formal Shoes

Believe it or not, the right thigh-high socks can help you pull off a pair of formal shoes. Schools have been pairing knee-high socks with loafers and other dress shoes for generations, and knee-high socks can work in much the same way. Mary Janes and Oxford shoes are equally attractive with thigh-high stockings, especially if you’re looking to capitalize on an innocent look!

Be very careful when wearing thigh-high socks in an educational or business setting. While knee-high socks are generally acceptable, some organizations might consider thigh-highs to be too sexy for these places. However, you can very quickly recreate the same look with a pair of full-length tights or knee-high socks if this is the case!

Many formal shoes work to accentuate the leg-lengthening properties of thigh-high socks. Examples of these shoes include:

  • Stiletto heels
  • Wedges
  • Peep-toe heels
  • Kitten heels
  • Pumps
  • Platforms

However, thigh-high socks can be understandably difficult to pair with formal outfits, such as dresses. While cocktail dresses are generally short enough to wear with thigh-high socks or hoes, thigh-highs are unlikely to show as well under long dresses or slacks.

As such, make sure to wear a shorter skirt or jumpsuit if you’re looking to show off your thigh-high socks! Alternatively, you can dress up an otherwise casual outfit by adding a pair of formal shoes and some thigh-high socks to it, especially for a night on the town.

Thigh-High Socks with Sneakers

Thigh-high socks with sneakers have been a favorite combination since the advent of skater style. Lace-up and slip-on sneakers alike go great with a sassy pair of thigh-high stockings, as do high-tops!

When pairing thigh-high socks with sneakers, you will need to remember to pattern either the shoes or the socks. Unless your socks and shoes showcase the same pattern, such as white and black checkers, it’s generally best to wear one solid and one patterned article.

This means, if you’re wearing rainbow striped thigh-highs, pair them with black or white sneakers. However, if you’re wearing sneakers with a colorful design on them, pair them with simpler, solid-colored thigh-high socks. One excellent match for sneakers that’s not too busy and not too dull is a pair of thigh-highs with several colored stripes at the top.

Adding just a few stripes at the top of the sock adds visual interest without making them too busy for patterned shoes, and it carries the sassy factor that skater style is known for, also. In fact, with this skater style, it’s generally acceptable even to wear mismatched socks if you want to!

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Thigh-High Socks with Ballet Flats

Ballet flats are a wonderfully versatile class of shoe that matches with hundreds of different styles. However, because ballet flats can shorten the profile of the leg instead of elongating it, styling them can be problematic. Thigh-high stockings solve this problem, however, by working to lengthen the leg’s profile instead!

Ballet flats can be worn with all sorts of clothing styles, from warm fall stockings too thin summer socks. They add a touch of sophistication to a professional-looking outfit, as well. Since ballet flats come in many different styles and colors, too, they can function alongside just about any outfit.

The casual cousin to ballet flats, or espadrilles, is something like a cross between a ballet flat and a slip-on sneaker. These shoes have been around for hundreds of years, but they’ve just started to be introduced in modern fashion. Espadrilles are a wonderful summer, spring, and fall shoe, but they tend to fall short in terms of professionalism and winter-worthiness.

Matching Thigh-Highs with Shoe Colors and Styles

As a rule, the art of knowing what shoes to wear with thigh-high socks entirely depends on the color and pattern of the socks you’re wearing. The shoes you pick should look stylish when combined with the rest of your outfit without being washed-out or overpowered by your thigh-highs. Striking this delicate balance can feel tough at first, but over time, it will come naturally.

For most formal and professional outfits, the best way to decide what matches is to build your outfit without thigh-highs, then add them in after. However, for more fun, colorful, casual outfits, you can design them around your thigh-highs or a specific article of clothing.

Sweater dresses, for example, are an extremely popular fashion trend to wear during the chillier fall months. Warm, knit thigh highs are an excellent pairing for these sweater dresses! Pick out the color and design of your sweater dress first, then choose a pair of thigh-highs that will look good with the dress.

Next, choose accessories that will complete the above look. In this case, we consider shoes to be accessories, so you would pick them during this step, too. Let’s assume that the sweater dress you chose is an understated black dress, for simplicity’s sake. Black matches with just about anything, so your choice of thigh-high socks would be limited only by your destination.

Are you going to a fancy dinner? Stay away from patterned thigh-highs, but some darker colors are still acceptable. As long as your thigh-high choice isn’t too dark, a pair of black boots or heels should match perfectly with your ensemble. Alternatively, if you want to lighten things up a bit, such as for a holiday celebration, you could brighten your outfit with metallic booties, chunky silver jewelry, and flannel-look thigh-highs.

As a general rule, black shoes are your best bet to match with any thigh-highs, including black ones. However, white shoes are incredibly versatile, as well. White shoes tend to work better with saturated, bright colors, while black shoes work best with desaturated and dark colors.

You can flip these color sets to achieve the same results with shoes. Dark thigh-high socks work well with patterned shoes, and white thigh-highs go with almost anything.

From a style perspective, thigh-highs aren’t overly restrictive. As long as your thigh-highs are appropriate for your event or destination, you should be able to build an outfit that utilizes them. Since all thigh-highs are shaped virtually the same, you have to use other metrics to determine their style, such as:

  • Material
  • Weave or knit
  • Color
  • Pattern

Best Styles for Thigh Highs and Shoes

While thigh-highs can be worn with virtually anything, there are a few styles that showcase the attributes of thigh-highs the best. One of these styles is skirts and dresses. Short skirts and dresses that end above your thigh-highs help give off a playful vibe. The movement of the skirt draws attention to your thigh-high stockings, too.

Another bonus of wearing thigh-high stockings with dresses and skirts is the way thigh-highs elongate the legs. Thigh-highs give the illusion of long, shapely legs, even if you didn’t have them before! As such, people who felt previously uncomfortable showing off their legs in a short dress might feel more confident with the help of some thigh-highs.

Shorts are another excellent pairing for thigh-high socks –, especially denim! You will need to choose shorts that are relatively short, as it’s imperative that they don’t meet with the tops of your thigh-highs, but as long as that prerequisite is met, it’s nearly guaranteed that the two will look good together.

Denim shorts are particularly attractive with good thigh-high stockings, especially if you carry the denim theme throughout your whole outfit. High-waisted shorts are winners, too. High-waisted shorts also work to elongate the appearance of your leg, so the end result is an extra-long, shapely leg silhouette.

If you can find them, rompers and short jumpsuits can be worn with thigh-highs, too! In the wintertime, though, consider wearing your thigh-highs over warm leggings. While you might not initially think to wear your thigh-highs over something else, this is a great way to show off your favorite pair while still keeping your legs toasty and warm.

Thigh-high stockings work best when paired with short articles of clothing that do not meet the socks themselves. However, there are some exceptions to this rule, such as with leggings.

Thigh-High Alternative: Knee-High Socks

When thigh-high socks are too sexy or just not an option, consider checking whether knee-high socks will work! Knee-high socks, whether to the knee or over the knee, are slightly more innocent than thigh-highs. As such, they can sometimes be workable in places where thigh-highs are inappropriate. The workplace can be an example of this.

Knee-high socks can be worn in much the same way that thigh-high socks can. The only real difference is their length! For the most part, knee-high socks tend to be more serious than thigh-highs, and they come in more serious designs as a result. However, this isn’t a bad thing; if you keep a supply of both, you can have a stash of professional looking knee-highs ready for whenever you can’t wear your thigh-highs!

Thigh-High Alternative: Full Tights

Full tights are the modest alternative to both thigh-highs and knee-highs. Like leggings, they go all the way to the hips, so unless they’re designed with cutouts, there should be no skin showing when you wear them. When you’re in an environment where showing skin is not appropriate, full tights may be the alternative you need. Think of events such as:

  • Church functions or masses
  • Holiday dinners with older family members
  • School-related events or meetings
  • Job interviews
  • Conservative venues

While full tights aren’t quite as versatile or fun as thigh-high or knee-high socks, they get the job done. Moreover, they’re the most acceptable out of all three options; there’s unlikely to be an event where you can’t wear full tights unless you’ve been specifically asked to wear pants. Full tights come in fewer designs than thigh-highs, but they’re still available in plenty of different colors and patterns.

Leggings are the casual cousin of full tights. A good pair of leggings should fit the same way a pair of tights do, but they tend to be made of different materials. Leggings also come in many more patterns than full tights, and they’re not as well-suited to formal events. Tights also have the option of being slightly sheer, while leggings usually do not.

In the end, thigh-highs are an incredibly versatile accessory to add to your style arsenal. If you’re a fan of them, you can create a style and outfit for virtually any occasion with the help of some thigh-highs! As long as you know what shoes to pair them with, your thigh-high adventures will have no limit!

It’s hard to describe what shoes go with thigh-highs best, though. This is because there are so many different styles, patterns, and materials from which to choose. One style of stockings might look innocent and cozy, while another might look flirty and sexy without changing all that much.

The best answer we can give is to follow logical style rules, and to go with your gut! Don’t double up on patterns, for example, and don’t wear colors that clash with each other or wash each other out. If your outfit looks pleasing to your eye, the chances are that others will like it, too.

Finally, thigh-highs have two limitations: appropriateness and height. They don’t go well with long dresses or pants (except for leggings), and they may be a bit too flirty for some venues. Those limitations aside, though, thigh-high stockings make an excellent styling accessory, and they expand your wardrobe like nothing else – you just have to know how to use them!

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