There’s literally ONE pair of heeled boots that make every outfit. They’re appropriate year-round, and pair nicely with black, white, gray, navy, brown, brights, pastels, and patterns. They instantly make denim look more polished, and have a sort of casual, rich-girl vibe. I can carry a black bag when wearing them, or brown or tan or white or straw or…well, anything, really.
I’ve worn these boots out to dinner with jeans-and-a-nice-top, to the office, and on weekends with jeans & a tee. They’re the most versatile heeled boots I own. So versatile in fact, and so perfect for every occasion, that I’ve actually stopped looking for heeled boots altogether.
That’s right. I’m done. Finito. No more heeled boot shopping for me.
What are these unicorn boots?
Tan. It turns out that a pair of unassuming, tan boots are magic.
I mean OK: I’m picky about most of my clothing, and these boots are no different. I much prefer a cool-toned, light tan in actual leather (rather than suede). I also prefer a slightly pointed toe, and wedges are out – I’m looking for a somewhat delicate or sculptural heel (they dress up nicely). I walk too much to wear anything approaching a 3″ heel, and they’ve got to be hella comfortable.
My exact heeled boots are almost completely sold out, but I’ve been on the hunt for similar pairs. Laura has joined me on my quest, but was looking for something even a shade lighter. She found her holy grail in the form of these IRO heeled boots. They’re gorgeous, but suede, so I wouldn’t trust myself around them.
12 Pairs of Light Tan Boots To Solve All Wardrobe Woes
Below are twelve pairs of light tan/taupe boots that meet (or mostly meet) my exacting criteria. Many are, however, made of suede, simply because there’s so few options otherwise. And I wanted to hit a range of price points. Admittedly, most of the boots I’m featuring are expensive. But given the high amount of wear a piece like this could get, I do think the cost-per-wear case is compelling.
My top pick? Daniella Shevel’s Milani Low-Heeled Stretch Boot. Reviewers say there’s memory foam in the footbed, and this small business is committed to small batch, slow fashion – so they don’t overproduce. I haven’t tried them yet myself, but – man. I actually should order them to see if they’re as good as they look.
Next up? Aloha’s West Boot. These boots are sustainably made in Spain, and have that sort of interesting-classic look on lock.
Top pick under $200? Seychelles Siesta Boot – darn it! These things are selling out so quickly. But while I wish the heel were different (different color? different shape?)…the more I look at them, the more I’m starting to really like them. The vibe is perfect. There’s also a couple of sizes left at Anthropologie and Zappos.