Several years ago I bought myself a pair of tan, studded knee high boots, and before receiving them I wondered whether I’d made a huge mistake colour-wise. They weren’t cheap – I’d bought them from Duo Boots to get my calf width exactly right – and almost straight away started to wish I’d bought black ones instead.
But you know what – those studded tan boots (above left and above, second from right) have been worn to death and they’re still my go-to winter boots, because for some reason tan just goes with everything. I know they’re pretty much the same colour as my hair (so they’ll always match that), but I still maintain they were a better purchase than black would have been. Together with another pair of plainer, tan pull-on boots, they’ve finished off so many of my winter outfits and always added an extra hit of warm colour.
I thought I’d show you 8 of the ways I’ve worn these boots on the blog for some inspiration – if you’re about to make a long boots investment and can’t decide on the colour, this may help persuade you. At the end of the post is a selection of tan boots, including wider calf-fitting ones that I know so many of us need.
Are you a knee-high boots fan – and if so, what’s your colour of choice? I have been in love with my perfect black boots recently but I’ll always love (and keep coming back to) my tan knee-highs…!
1. With simple black and white (original post)
Tan may be a neutral, but if paired with bright white and black then it becomes the bright colour of the outfit. Here I dressed up a plain winter white coat with black jeans and accessories and let the tan boots stand out.
2. With warm autumnal colours and lots of layers and textures (original post)
Although this is from a couple of years ago, this is still one of my all-time favourite winter outfits. This outfit’s got everything: faux fur, leather, tweed, cable knit, denim…! The tan boots pick out the tobacco-coloured sweater and look great against a mid grey.
3. With a patterned midi skirt and biker jacket (original post)
Your leather boots don’t have to match your leather jacket. I matched my boots with my wide belt instead which I wore over my vintage midi skirt. Knee high boots don’t have to be worn over skinnies all the time – they’re perfect for midi skirts in autumn and winter.
4. With white skinnies and layered tops (original post)
I’d completely forgotten about this outfit and the fact that tan boots look great against white skinnies (must try that again soon). A big dollop of pattern mixing with the layered snood, shirt and top add a really nice relaxed feel to it.
5. With loose peg-leg trousers (original post)
As well as skinnies and midi skirts with knee highs there are peg-leg trousers too – if the ankle and calf of the trouser leg are loose enough. You won’t have the gap like you do with ankle boots (so you’ll be warmer) and you’ve got yourself something a little smarter than boots and jeans.
6. With coloured skinnies and a cape (original post)
I love this outfit as an example of how to stay winter-warm without having to cover up with a big coat. Again the tan is complemented by the warm red colour of the skinnies, and a neutral (grey) cape with a massive chunky knit are so much more interesting than black boots, blue jeans and a black coat. And as if it wasn’t bright enough I added a leopard trilby – well leopard is a neutral, isn’t it?!
7. With a short dress and tights and a long cardigan (original post)
Regular readers may know that I rarely wear short skirts or dresses, but when I do it’s usually with heels. Boots are perfect, especially on chillier days, and knitted layers add lots of texture and pattern.
8. With colour-blocked brights (and maybe a little pattern) (original post)
Another great outfit I’d forgotten about: Two primary colours (three if you count the splash of red) look good together regardless, but where black would have deadened their brightness, tan just enhances it. Brightly coloured midi skirts are a favourite of mine and are a perfect go-to combination for autumn and winter. It never hurts to match your boots and bag occasionally, so I guess that’s a rule-breaking rule breaker…!
Here’s some of the best TAN BOOTS (for all budgets):
WIDE CALF fitting boots:
All updated November 2015
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