You may be thinking to yourself, $200 is “frugal fashion”????? What I can tell you is that when it comes to boots – $200 or less is frugal if you are purchasing leather boots that will last you from year to year.
Now, if you are not factoring that into this picture, then you won’t see this post as a “frugal” fashion post. What I will also say is that I have options that don’t hit even close to that $200 mark – so read on if you’re interested in hearing more.
Boots are an investment piece. If you take the time to plan out a boot purchase in advance, do your research into affordable brands – brands that provide quality at a price point that works for you – and find a style that is timeless and can be worn with multiple outfits in your closet. Then, when you think about the $150 purchase price I’ve set here, it’s not too bad. It actually puts you in the window for finding all of what you need – especially if you find a good sale at the end of a season.
However, being that we’re at the start of the fall/winter season, here are some great boots that I’ve found (most not on sale of course) that are under the $150 budget. Each will be timeless and will work from year-to-year, so if you pick up one of these stylish gems, you’ll be sure to get a lot of wear out of them.
1. Alfani Tall Women’s Boots ($159 at Macy’s)
LOVE these boots and with Macy’s always running great sales and coupons, Â getting these under $150 won’t be difficult to do. Make sure to download the Macy’s App to get coupons on-the-go. Everyone needs a sexy tall boot like these. Find your favorite white sweater or chunky chocolate cable knit and these would be perfect.
Ankle boots are the boot of this season but I have seen them make their appearance for several years. Wear them with leggings, skinny jeans or a sweater dress and you’ll look fantastic.
3. Aldo Klepper Boots $130 (originally $160)
This riding boot is one of the best investments you can make – catch it on sale to put it under the $150 budget. The cognac color goes well with pretty much anything you wear. You can pair it with a black or white sweater or one of the colors of the season, like a deep red or cobalt blue. Add the cognac boot to warm up your look.
4. Sammy Cognac Boot $69 (torrid.com)
Another cognac boot, but with a heel. This boot is definitely more budget friendly and would have to be tried on in person to get a sense of it’s long-term comfort and quality, but it was too cute not to include on this list. The slouchy top is perfect for your favorite pair of skinny jeans or to pair with a sundress and jean jacket look for the cooling down fall weather.
5. Gastone Lucioli Knee High Suede Boot ($188)Â
These boots are hot and a definite investment. Suede boots like these stand the test of time and will make your honey swoon. With jeans, a dress or skirt – they are versatile and chic. So, put this type of boot into your budget at some point.
6. Cafe’Noir Gray Ankle Boots ($144)
These gray ankle boots are a great addition to your fall/winter wardrobe – they’re trendy, chic and stylish. They are perfect for the office or a night out with friends and with ankle boots being the boot of the season, you can’t go wrong. While this boot would be my splurge, depending on what color palette you go with most, these neutral gems might be a perfect investment piece for you.
When it comes to boots, I’ve made a plan to budget one new pair per year. Last year I picked up my cognac riding boots and I found them on sale for around $180. I planned for them and budgeted properly to get them. I waited until I found a great pair that I loved. I went with Endless.com because they have a huge selection and I could browse easily from home (and return with ease).
This year, I plan to go for a black pair…not sure if they’ll be another riding boot, ankle or a sexy knee high heeled boot…but I’m on the hunt and saving up, because like most people, this type of purchase is one I can’t just dive into on a whim – but it’s a fashion investment and I think it’s worth the effort.
If you could put one of these on your list, which pair would you invest in?
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