How to Style Cowboy Boots

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Every season, new shoe trends hit the market. Trends come and go, but there’s something oh so chic about classic shoe styles. Pairing such footwear with the latest fashion trends give your wardrobe style that can’t be achieved by being a walking trend. Cowboy boots is one of my favorite classic footwear styles for its American Cowboy heritage as well as its incredible versatility.

A classic cowboy boot has a heel and pointed toes to help feet stay in stirrups more securely, stitching on the outside to reduce chafing, and a taller shaft to protect the shins. These practical details have made cowboy boots the style icon they are today, and add that unique style to any wardrobe. Below are some fashionable ways to style cowboy boots for fall.

A cowboy boot looks great with ‘70s inspired fashion; the contrast keeps it from looking too dated or costume-like, but the silhouette beautifully complements midi skirts, silk bow blouses, and boho-inspired fashions. Take cowboy boots from the ranch to the workplace by pairing with a chiffon pleated midi skirt and cashmere sweater. The Ariat Magnolia in caramel leather pairs beautifully with autumnal colors like teal, navy, berry, mustard, pumpkin and even Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala. Don’t be afraid to mix shades in the same color story for a version of monoblocking and a rich effect. Add the Latico Ryan Bag 7979 in cognac leather to finish the look.

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Once broken in to custom fit your feet, a cowboy boot will become one of the most comfortable shoes you own, making them perfect for travel and sightseeing. This look would be perfect for a day touring historic monuments and art museums, be it Portland or Paris.  The Durango RD4112 11 has a worn-in look from the get-go but will only get better with time (and a few splashes from puddles). For a day about town, pair with skinny jeans, a sweater layered over a knit for fluctuating temps, and a hat to add style, keep you warm, and protect you from the elements. This Kangol Modelaine Beret is shower-proof, keeping your style even if the skies are gray and rainy. Choose a crossbody bag like The SAK Deena Flap Crossbody to keep your valuables close and your arms free for a latte, umbrella, or map.  Such a bag is also a chic way to add a pop of color to your ensemble.
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Cowboy boots look fantastic with loose shift dresses; choose a style right at or above the knee to balance the heft of the boot. For this look I paired the Durango RD594 10 with a shift dress and denim jacket, great for a night out with the girls or the weekend. The contrast of denim and leather with a silk dress and statement necklace is always chic. With a 14.5” shaft width and 10” height, this is a fantastic style for petite women, athletic calves, or just to elongate the leg and have space to tuck in jeans or pair with thick socks.
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A cowboy boot looks amazing with an outfit that has a bit of a rock & roll vibe. I love the slouchy shaft of the Durango Boot RD540 11 which gives a relaxed rocker vibe. Pair with distressed skinny jeans, but to keep it from looking too Hair Band, pair with a Breton tee and boyfriend blazer.  The metallic finish and tough chain strap of the Latico Harlow Crossbody 7816 and a bold silver statement necklace make for the perfect details to complete this ensemble for Date Night or a Bachelorette party.

Durango RD540 11 cowboy boot styled for fall for a night on the town

 

Are you a fan of cowboy boots?  Would you consider adding a pair of cowboy boots for your fall wardrobe?

White on White: Labor Day Style

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The dog days of summer are officially here, which means that Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching. We don’t know about you, but we always like to bid summer farewell with a white hot outfit! And while wearing white after Labor Day is certainly A-OK with us, Labor Day marks the last weekend where wearing white walks the line of being a fashion faux pas. So weather you’re heading to a nearby beach, getting on a plane for vacation, or just staying right at home for a backyard BBQ, be sure to have your favorite white looks ready this Labor Day.

A white-on-white look can be achieved by pairing a white dress with your favorite espadrilles (and a fedora would be a fun touch), pulling your comfiest white pants on with a bathing suit and white gladiator sandals, or simply kicking back in white sneakers, white jeans, and a white polo shirt. Whatever you decide, you’ll look summery and stylish as you celebrate the long weekend with friends and family. If you love “all white everything” as much as we do, you won’t be able to get enough of the picks below!
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Hat: Bailey of Hollywood Brooks 22721

Clothing: Lacoste Classic Fit Pique Polo | San Diego Hat Company Caftan w/ Tassels BST1394 | Ojai Clothing Lace Yoke Button Down | UGG Reiley | UGG Adrie | Lavish Pull-On Short

Bags: Lacoste L.12.12 Wristlet | Casual Barn CLBS002 | Vince Camuto Leigh Cross Body 

Shoes: Steve Madden Indyanna | Clarks Lydie Kona | Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Patent | Sperry Top-Sider Valencia | Vionic with Orthaheel Technology Glenda | Circus by Sam Edelman Selma Gladiator Sandal | Franco Sarto Danara | Michael Antonio Gate Sandal | Sperry Top-Sider Seacoast Canvas Sneaker | Jack Rogers Navajo Sandal 

What will you be wearing this Labor Day weekend? Find the perfect outfit here!
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2015 Back to School Trends: High School

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The school year is quickly approaching, and it won’t be long before your teenagers are heading back to school.  In celebration of the upcoming school year, we’re taking a look at some of the most popular trending styles and fashions this season to make sure you and your child are ready and eager for the year to begin! Keep reading and browse some of our top picks for apparel, footwear, and backpacks that will keep your teenager feeling comfortable and stylish this season. For any younger students, be sure to take a look at the rest of our back to school series for preschoolers, elementary school kiddos, and middle school students.

Apparel
Between classes and after-school activities, your high-schooler will have a pretty busy schedule. Look for styles that are fashionable, but still extremely comfortable! For girls, shirts with unique prints and designs will be a great complement for the rest of her outfit, while thin cardigans can spruce up any look, while adding an extra layer for warmth in cool classrooms. A colorful zip-up jacket is a great wardrobe addition for the fall weather, while a thicker long jacket will be perfect for transition from autumn into winter. For boys, polos and button downs that look casual but cool are the perfect staples for the fall. Long-sleeves and thin sweaters are also styles that you know will take your students through all 4 years of high school (or until that next growth spurt!).

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For Girls: The North Face Osito 2 Jacket | The North Face Apex Bionic Jacket | Patagonia Torrentshell JacketOjai Clothing Burnout Vee | O’Neill Dusty Cardigan | Prana Long Diva Jacket 

For Guys: Patagonia Better Sweater 1/4 Zip | Icebreaker Sphere Long Sleeve Hoodie | Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket | Lacoste Original Cotton Pique Short Sleeve Polo | Royal Robbins Bayou S/S 

Footwear
The beginning of the school year is the time to take advantage of the remaining warm weather, and great sandals can set your teen up to do just that! Find a pair with unique designs and colors that match the autumn hues. Your high-schooler should feel comfortable walking down the hallways between classes, and a pair of solid-color canvas shoes are must-haves. For gym class, sports, and those outdoor activities with friends, athletic shoes need to look great, while also being functional. And a pair of boots are definitely on the list for the season, and will still compliment all of those stylish school look.

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Superga 2750 Classic | Vans Authentic Sneaker |  Lucky Brand Basel | Timberland Earthkeepers Originals 6″ Boot | Saucony Kineta Relay Sneaker | ASICS GEL-Contend 2 Running Shoe | Jack Rogers Willow Sandal | Birkenstock Arizona Birko-Flor Sandal 

Backpacks
Classic backpacks are always in style, and this seasons packs offer a ton of space and a range of color options. A bag with bungee cords on the outside can offer a twist on the staple style, but brings great function too. This year, a few newer styles that will be popular are messenger or crossbody bags, which are still great options for holding books comfortably, or mini backpacks, which can double as purses for girls.

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The North Face Jester Timbuk2 Classic Messenger SmallJanSport Big Student | THE SAK Ventura Convertible BackpackHadaki by Kalencom Market Pack

 

Did you find some styles perfect for your teenagers? Shop them, and more, at our full collection of back to school items!

How to Wear Booties in the Summer

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Think boots are just for fall and winter? Think again! A great pair of ankle booties can take you through the entire year, no matter how scorching the summer temperatures may get. Today, we’re showing you 3 ways to style your favorite pair of booties this summer, and also highlighting some of our top boot picks for the season! All photos found here.

1. Booties + a Fedora
When paired with a fedora or beach hat, ankle boots are instantly given a more summery feel. Still on the hunt for that perfect Fedora? You can shop our favorites here.
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Get the look: Bella Vita Raine // Jessica Simpson Cainn Bootie // Sperry Top-Sider Liberty

2. Booties + a Babydoll Dress
Dark leather boots have an inherent cold-weather feel, but you can take them into summer by pairing them with your favorite breezy dress, ensuring chic street style while also keeping cool on those hot summer days in the city! And these looks will help you transition well into early fall when the weather is still warm, but you want to keep your look light.
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Get the look: Frye Reina Bootie // Lucky Brand Basel // Wild Diva Camila

3. Booties + Denim
Ankle booties will always look great with jeans. So whether it’s your cutoff denim shorts or your favorite pair of skinny jeans, pair them with a loose-fitting shirt and your favorite pair of booties for instant summer style.
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Get the look: BCBG Capricorn Ankle Boot // Kork-Ease Helene //Dromedaris Kelsy Boot

 Can’t get enough of these summer booties? You can shop our full collection here!

2015 Back To School Trends: Elementary School

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The back to school season is already right around the corner, and to get little ones ready (and excited!) for the upcoming school year, we’re celebrating with a month of blog posts highlighting the top styles and trends we’re seeing this season. So from shoes to backpacks to apparel, keep reading to browse the picks that will make your elementary-aged kiddos the most stylish and comfortable students in the school hallways this year. And check back later this month as we highlight fashion trends for preschool, middle school and high school!

Shoes
Make getting your kids ready for school a breeze with shoe styles that your kids will love wearing and that you’ll feel good about. Slip-ons are a great option this season for easy wear whether your kids are running around at recess or from class to class. For girls, polka dots, metallics, and neon colors will be popular this year. For boys, suede shoes & boots, boat shoes, and breathable mesh slips-ons are predicted to be top-sellers. And of course, you can’t get growing and active feet ready for the year without a new pair of sneakers.

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Converse All Star | Sperry Top Sider | Clarks Desert Boot | Sketchers Equalizer Persistent | Stride Rite SRT PS Clover | Bumbums & Baubles Spencer Sneaker | Keds Champion CVO Dot Sneaker | Saucony Kotaro | New Balance KV697 Running Shoe

Backpacks
If you have any elementary-aged kids, you know that the backpack is just important as the outfit! We’re seeing cute animals backpacks, bright colors, and rolling bags as top styles that are sure to be “in” this year and for grades to come. And if you don’t trust us, just show these fun picks to your kids watch their huge grins yourself! :)

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Wildkin Sidekick | Deuter Kikki | JWorld New York Sweet Kid’s Rolling BackpackRockland My First Backpack | Wildkin Sidekick

Apparel
A cozy jacket or lightweight layer is a must to take your kids from summer into the cooler school months ahead. And as you know, if your little one finds one they love, they will essentially live in it all year! Make sure they have a rain coat, zip-up hoodie, and jacket to take them through the season, like one of the top styles below.

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Western Chief Ladybug Rain Coat | Western Chief Frog Rain Coat| The North Face Glacier Full Zip Hoodie | Metal Mulisha Tropics Hoodie | Marmot Southridge Jacket | Patagonia Re-Tool Snap T Pull Over

Did any of these picks make it onto your little ones’ back to school wish list? Shop these styles & more in our 2015 back to school center here!

2015 Back to School Trends: Middle School

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It’s hard to believe that in just a few weeks, the school year will be starting back up again! We’re here to help your tweens and teens get excited for the year with a series of blog posts showcasing the hottest styles and trends this season. Today, we’re looking at top back to school picks in shoes, backpacks, and clothing that will surely make your little fashionista or trend-setter feel comfortable, fashionable, and prepared. For younger kiddos, take a look at our post highlighting elementary school trends, and check back later this month for the top styles for preschoolers and high school students!

Shoes
From the bus stop to the lunch line, these shoe styles will ensure comfort while offering the perfect compliment to any outfit. For girls, we’re seeing metallics as a huge trend this season, whether it is in flats, lace up sneakers, or simple slip-ons. Neutral colors like grays, whites, navies and browns will be key this season as your middle-schooler begins to develop his or her sense of personal style — sticking with a neutral ensures that the shoes will match, no matter how bold the outfit choice may be!

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For Girls: Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish | Keds Champion CVO Iterations | Skechers BOBS World Sparkle Plush | Hanna Andersson Disa | Steve Madden Troopas

For Boys: Converse Chuck Taylors Crocs Kid Classics | Florsheim Kearny Jr.’s | Timberland Earthkeepers | Skechers Equalizers Persistent

Backpacks
This year, we’re seeing some fun new styles for your student’s most important accessory. Print is definitely in, and there are tons of stylish designs to choose from ranging from geometric patterns to bright florals. With their unique look and multiple pockets for storage, flap-style backpacks are also a great option for students. A simple yet exciting option for younger students is a backpack that has a colorful contrast. If your child prefers the classics, try a solid-colored backpack in their favorite color – you can feel confident that this purchase will never go out of style!

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JWorld New York Oz Backpack | JanSport Superbreak | Sakroots Artist Circle | Stephanie Dawn 10009 Backpack | The North Face Vault | Preferred Nation 5717 Backpack

Apparel
As your kids ease back into the school year, styles that are comfortable and look great too will give them confidence from the very first day. For those early school weeks as we embrace the end of summer, casual t-shirts (stripes and florals are big this season) are a great way to transition. As we move into cooler temperatures, button down flannels and long-sleeve Ts in bright colors will continue to be top picks for school style. And though a heavy jacket (hopefully!) won’t be needed for a little longer, be sure to send them off with a weatherproof jacket that they’ll love wearing as we move in autumn, like either of the durable & cozy styles below.

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O’Neill Palisade Flannel | Patagonia Capilene Long Sleeve | O’Neill Crewzer Crew | Icebreaker Tech Lotus Tee | Patagonia Light Hoodie | Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket

As you and your middle schoolers are crossing off all the items on your back to school shopping list, be sure to make back to school center one of your first stops!

Inside Our Closet: Sean

Here at ShoeBuy, our office is brimming with unique styles, outfits and personalities! If you are looking for a little inspiration, especially when it comes to athletic apparel, look no further than this peek inside Sean’s closet. Sean is our Senior Vice President of Merchandising, who has agreed to share his go-to sneakers, sock obsession secrets, and even the top song on his running mix!

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Shop Sean’s Closet: Saucony Hurricane Running Shoes| Running Socks | Compression Socks | Wool Socks | Golf Shoes | Patagonia Swimsuit | Vans Canvas Sneaker | Mountain Hardwear | The North Face Thermal Vest

Blogger Spotlight: Boston Fashionista

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We love bloggers that take statement pieces (like these bold blue booties!) and style them in a comfortable, wearable way. And when that blogger shoots them in our home city of Boston, well, we love them even more!

Meet Kristen of the Boston Fashionista, who has traveled to some of her favorite locations in Boston this summer to show off her fashion finds from ShoeBuy. Shop Kristen’s New England-chic style below, and learn how to combine her must-have summer outfit picks.

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For a street chic look while on the go, try pairing a comfy shift dress with your favorite pair of bold booties. We love how Kristen spiced up this outfit with fun accessories, like a fashionable pair of sunglasses and a bright white backpack.

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Get the look: Ugg Dress | Vince Camuto Booties | Latico Bag | Dickies Backpack | Vince Camuto Sunglasses One and Two

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Casual Cool in Fenway

Whether you are in the stadium or just heading out to watch a ball game with friends this summer, there’s no outfit that’s more easy and effortlessly cool than the one Kristen wears here. Throw on your favorite pair of Converse, distressed boyfriend jeans, and white T shirt for a summer look that will never go out of style.

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Get the look: Converse Sneakers | Patagonia White Tee | Patagonia Canvas Bag | Jessica Simpson Sunglasses  | Antique Distressed Jeans

 

Love Kristen’s style as much as we do? Head over to the Boston Fashionista for more summer outfit inspiration!

Top 10 Summer Footwear Picks from Lacoste

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When it comes to warm-weather style, Lacoste is sizzling this summer! Whether you’re hitting the beach or taking an afternoon stroll along the boardwalk, this brand has so much to offer when it comes to comfortable and on-trend footwear for both men and women. Shop some of our favorite shoe styles below, and then enter our giveaway for the chance to bring these looks home!

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For Men

Marice Lace LIN | Ampthill Chunky SE | Servin 7 | Europa LCR

Nosara LCR | L27 | Dreyfus Classic NTL | Dreyfus

Gazon Sport CSU | Carnaby EVO HTB

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For Women

Marice LCR | Carnaby EVO Leather | L27 | Graduate Vulc CR

Bedelia LCR | Marice LCR | Gazon Sport HTB | Gazon Sport PRM

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Want to wear these styles this summer? Lacoste is giving away a $250 summer footwear shopping spree away to one lucky winner! Head over to our Facebook page today to enter.

How to Wear Your Tevas all Summer Long

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No matter what your opinion about Teva sandals, there is no doubt that they are some of the hottest shoes for summer 2015. The popularity of this “it” shoe speaks to a much larger altheisure shoe trend, where fashion is not only crucial for warm-weather footwear, but comfort is key as well. Plus, at only $40 for a pair of Teva Originals, you can add multiple colors to your summer wardrobe if you wish. So don’t fight it! Our favorite active sandals are trending this summer and will have a place in your closet for many years to come. And if you’ve already jumped on the Teva bandwagon you’re in luck, because today we’re sharing ways to style these sandals for all your favorite summer activities.

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1. At the Beach
Are you an active beach-goer that spends time splashing in the water, playing beach volleyball, or exploring cliffs and sand dunes?  Grab a pair of Tevas to protect your feet even in the hottest sand or on the sharpest rocks.

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2. On the Trails
Let your feet breathe on the hiking trail or bike path this summer in a pair of Tevas. For hiking, pair your Tevas with your favorite cropped pants and airy tank. When taking your bike out for a spin, we love how Tevas look with comfy shorts, a short sundress, or even just your bathing suit!

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3. Strolling the Streets
If your summer involves a lot of walking, there’s no better choice for your feet than Teva. Choose a pair in basic black or white to match with every warm-weather outfit, whether it’s your distressed jean shorts or a summer jacket and t-shirt.
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4. For the Men
Rest assured, we didn’t forget you: Tevas make for a stylish summer go-to for both men & women! So, grab yourself a pair of Tevas for your best city and leisure looks, too.

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Have we convinced you that Tevas are the coolest summer style yet? If so, it’s you’re lucky day, because we are giving away 10 pairs this month! Head HERE to enter.