While boots are a definite fall fashion essential, it can be hard to find boots in smaller sizes that are also on-trend for anyone above middle school age. And while it's tempting to shove your feet into stylish kicks that clearly don't fit, it’s important to know your actual real life size first. Many women make the mistake of selecting the wrong shoe size, Poppy Barley Footwear co-founders Kendall and Justine Barber tell me.
“Often women default to thinking they’re a size six, when in fact they actually measure to a five,” explains Kendall and Justine Barber. “Another way you can get your foot size wrong is if you have a wider foot, which leads to sizing up in order to get additional width.”
To ensure the best boot fit possible, both Kendall and Justine recommend paying special attention to the calf width, foot, and boot height size when shopping for shoes. They also advise trying to avoid bulky hardware and saggy styles which can overwhelm a smaller frame. With these shopping tips in mind, here are some trendy boot styles that come in smaller sizes to help get you in the autumn state of mind.
1. All Weather Boot
No matter what Mother Nature has in store this fall, this waterproof style uses a special lace up system and medial side zipper to provide a custom fit, perfect for smaller feet. The delicious olive hue will dress up those basic jeans and leggings all season.
Ahnu Chenery Boot, $180, ahnu.com
2. Rugged Cutie Boot
Give those Uggs a break with this durable mid calf boot which keeps feet warm with a cozy fleece collar. Also offering great support, this durable heel keeps smaller feet protected during all sorts of activities.
Elsa Boot, $130, keenfootwear.com
3. Oxford Bootie
You don’t have to worry about these booties dragging down your feet, especially since this lightweight pair ensures a comfortable fit, essential for smaller shoe sizes.
Cyra Catelyn Boot, 99, hushpuppies.com
4. Quilted Sport Boot
Never overwhelming your calf, this mid shaft water resistant boot is perfect for all sorts of autumn activities. Long nature hikes and apple picking anyone?
Molly Quilted Boot, 89, macys.com
5. Sexy Black Boots
If you’re on the hunt for pair of come-hither kicks, this sexy heeled pair asks for both your shoe and calf size (a must for smaller feet!) to ensure the best fit possible.
The Highline Boot, $425, poppybarley.com
6. Fringed Boot
For some serious sass, this fringed wedge style is a must. And while the wedged heel gives you instant height, a special memory footbed keeps your feet free from aches and pain throughout your workday.
Plumming Bird Shoe, $129, Aerosoles.com
7. Over-The-Knee Tan Boots
Working to elongate your legs, this classic suede pair of boots adds drama and elegance to dresses, skirts and pants instantly.
Donna Kanlee Over-The-Knee Boots Tan, $46.99, ShopPrimmaDonna.com
Now you just need some cute socks to finish off your fall footwear ensemble.