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Trend Report: The Hottest Tall Boots for the Coldest Season

We’re being whisked into winter!  With a flurry of snow (or a torrent of rain, depending where you live), the chilliest season has arrived.  It’s the perfect time to embrace the warmth of the statement-making tall boot.

My favorite thing about tall boots: they’re crazy easy to dress up or down. I love wearing tall-shaft boots with everything from my favorite skinnies to a fit-and-flare dress and tights.  Both of these looks are on-trend and can utilize the same pair of boots for a wide range of vibes.  Translation: more fashion, less fuss (and bucks)!

Check out the most-loved styles of the season!

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  1. Naturalizer Jersey Riding Boots.  Riding boots have been a sizzling trend — I’ve been seeing them all over our office, typically paired with skinny pants and airy, relaxed-fitting blouses.
  2. Steve Madden Craave Boots.  I’m totally “craaving” the effortless style of these slouchy boots.  A buckle detail adds a touch of textural interest against soft leather.
  3. Born Sage Vintage Boots.   As a lover of all things vintage, these boots are definitely on my wish list.  The uneven topline and covered buttons make a unique statement.
  4. Gianni Bini Collin Back-Zipper Boots.  The still-hot stud trend continues with an added zipper detail for eye-catching edge.  Reviewers have been raving about their unbelievable comfort.
  5. Arturo Chiang Fionia Riding Boots.  Our own Kaileigh W. has been spotted sporting these — if Santa wasn’t watching, I’d steal them for myself!  I’m in love with the adventurous style of the harness details.
  6. Steve Madden Lynet Boots.  I’ve seen this boot everywhere — from the office to the street, these bold beauties have been an insanely popular choice by footwear fashionistas this season.
  7. MICHAEL Michael Kors Stockard Boots.  Flaunt your love for MK — and your simple sophistication — with these classic boots.  They look amazing whether you’re at your desk or on a date.
  8. Vince Camuto Bocca Boots.  Luxe leather is always a wise choice — it’s classic, versatile, and oh-so-chic.  A bold buckle commands the eye.

Fit Tip: Remember, one woman’s “tall” may be another woman’s “over-the-knee” — don’t forget to use our boot fit guide to make the most of your measurements!

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What’s your favorite trending tall boot?  Tell us in the comments!  

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All in the Details: Favorite Boot Trends from Steve Madden

This season, the details say it all. The right shoe creates the perfect finishing touch — and details like straps, buckles and studs elevate your style. I personally LOVE these selections from Steve Madden that really ought to take up residence in any [read: your] closet. How can you say no to these deliciously-detailed styles?

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Biker chic adds just the right amount of edge to your outfit. The Troopa Limited Edition metallic-detail combat booties (on the left) sport a subtle metal-plated heel for a sophisticated military look. The Marcoo studded moto booties (bottom right) and  the Monicaa studded booties (top right) are accented in stud and buckle details that give a raw, gritty vibe that hints at danger (while still looking fabulous).

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Strapped-in and ready-to-go buckles create a charming vagabond-esque feel. The Brewzzer booties (brown, left) are reminiscent of the road less traveled and the Tiarraa moto boots invoke a sense of mischief and daring. And — be still my heart — the Albany mid-calf riding boots are prepared for even the most versatile of wardrobes — fully capable of being paired with cozy leggings, your favorite skinnies or your sweetest dress.

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These western-style ankle booties radiate a rugged, bohemian ambiance. The Milaan western booties have a simple subtlety that works harmoniously  with layered looks and bold prints, while the Cinch see thru cutout booties — in wonderfully earthy tones  beg for a lace maxi and oversized sweater.

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Freebird Western Boots by Steve Madden

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We’d like to introduce you to a fresh new face at Dillards.com:  The worn-in and ready-to-wear Western boots from Freebird by Steve Madden.  Here’s our favorite features about these buckled-up beauties!

  • Each boot is handcrafted from start to finish using traditional Goodyear construction, creating a high-quality boot that’s perfect for strutting.
  • Inspired by vintage Americana design, the Freebird boot is accentuated by zipper, buckle and stitching details—patriotic precision gives these boots their rugged-in-the-right-way style.
  • Stacked heels and wooden or leather soles equal durable, foot-framing quality that won’t wear down.
  • Individual distress craftsmanship ensures that no two pairs are alike!
  • Whether you walk tall in knee-high boots or prefer cutting corners with ankle booties, Freebird features a boot for every occasion (and adventurous personality).

Ready to see which Western boot suits your fancy?

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What’s your favorite Freebird boot? Tell us about it in the comment section! 

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Fall 2013: Styling Your Favorite Skinnies

The skinny-fit silhouette creates the perfect foundation to explore fall’s latest trends. Here are 3 of our favorite ways to  incorporate bold prints and daring looks (such as faux-leather and tribal prints) this season:

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Faux-leather can be intimidating, but it certainly doesn’t have to be. Try a hi-low top to soften faux-leather leggings. Finish with chunky booties (we love this pair from Steve Madden) and classic Rayban aviators for a fierce, but balanced look.

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One of our tried-and-true looks for fall is layers. Lots of layers. By adding a variety of lengths (tunic cardigan, tall riding boots, cozy scarf) to your favorite skinny jeans, you create a dimensional look that is cute AND functional for those chilly fall nights. As you bundle, take the opportunity to add prints (such as our elephant print scarf) into your ensemble.

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Tribal prints are still going strong this season, and we love finding new ways to fuse them into our wardrobes. Because these skinnies have such a bold print, we recommend cooling it down with one of our other favorite trends–a chambray top! Combat boots and the MICHAEL Michael Kors dog-tag necklace create a globetrotting look that is perfect for fall.

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How will you be styling your favorite skinnies this fall?

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The Boot Shop: A Perfect Fit

Dropping temperatures, brisk breezes and vivid leaves mean one thing: fall is on its way!  Your wardrobe might need an update, but that doesn’t mean you have to update your personality with the changing seasons.  The Dillard’s Boot Shop has a variety of styles for every fall fashionista.  Plus, our extended calf sizes make it easier than ever to find the perfect fit — for your feet and your style.

Which boot beauty are you?

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  1. The Biker Babe.  Ready to ride? From Vince Camuto, the Winchell moto-inspired boots offer tough leathers and goldtone buckles to complement your brassy personality. An inside zipper lets you gear up for the road in a flash.
  2. The Charming Cowgirl.  Rugged doesn’t have to be masculine, and the Old West definitely doesn’t have to be old-fashioned. The sequin inlays in these Corral boots combine modern, feminine shimmer with tough Western style.
  3. The Delicate Darling.  Show off your girly side with the Bailey bow boots from UGG Australia. Silky bows accent the back shaft of this classic silhouette for a touch of sweet flair. Even sweeter: the sheepskin sock provides unbelievable comfort.
  4. The Versatile Vixen.  The Steve Madden Troopa military-inspired booties continue to be one of our most popular boots, and for good reason — they’re all about versatility. Pair them with a flowy dress and leggings for an ultra-feminine look or your favorite skinny jeans for a tougher vibe.
  5. The Studded Stunner.  The leaves may be changing, but the stud trend is here to stay. From MICHAEL Michael Kors, the stud-sprinkled Aiden booties add chic intensity to any look. The latticed upper and peep toe are perfect for a hint of skin to balance bundled fall looks.
  6. The Wayfaring Woman.  Got a case of wanderlust? The tumbled leather and strap details of Arturo Chiang’s Fionia boots give a utilitarian feel that’s perfect for the avid adventurer. Added bonus: the elastic gore at the back shaft allows for anything your travels throw your way.

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How do you express yourself through your style?  Tell us in the comments!

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Fit Tips: How to Wear Booties

Get your bootie style in gear with our expert Q&A. We’ve covered the when, how and who (everyone, by the way) of this silhouette so you’ll be ready to rock it today.

Q: When is it ok to start wearing booties? 
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The better question is “Can I have a pair in every color?” With their short and sweet silhouette, booties are a season-spanning style. If you’re wary of warm-weather wear, look for lighter hues, peep toes and cutout details before the temperature cools.

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Shop the looks:  Jessica Simpson Orlina Western BootiesVince Camuto Kevia Peep-Toe Booties & Isola Brea Peep-Toe Booties

Q: How should I style booties?
A: First, be fearless. Then try them with dresses and leggings and over your standby skinnies. Booties pair perfectly with go-to pieces just like your favorite flats, pumps and boots. 

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Shop the look: GB Tribal-Print Tank, GB Ponte Leggings & GB Gianni Bini Spot-Lite Buckle-Detail Platform Booties

Q: I have short legs, are booties for me?
A: Yes! You just need to be more selective. Look for styles that show a little skin, like V-cut vamps and peep toes, to elongate the look of your leg.

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Shop the looks: Jessica Simpson Aggie Platform Booties Vince Camuto Elvin Platform Booties MICHAEL Michael Kors Ailee Peep-Toe Booties

Q: I’m ready for booties! What are the hottest styles this season?
A: Military booties are commanding our attention this season. Our current favorites? The cap-toe Troopa, the Thundr with its touch of unexpected lace, and the hardware-heavy Nolan.

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Shop the looks: Steve Madden Troopa Military-Inspired BootiesLucky Brand Nolan Combat Booties  & Steve Madden Thundr Lace-Up Booties 

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Have more questions? Ask and we’ll answer.

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Elevated Style: What to Wear With Wedge Sneakers

Comfortable yet slimming, sporty yet sexy — the wedge sneaker is one of those ingenious designs that makes you wonder “Why didn’t I think of that?” But while the concept is simple, styling the hybrid shoe can prove to be a bit tricky. Fortunately, we have some easy tips for creating both casual and eye-catching looks.

Sporty Chic

If you’re going for a laid-back look with a little lift, sporty styling is the place to start. Think skinny jeans (in dark denim or black) paired with updated sweatshirts and slouchy graphic tees. Throw in delicate jewelry and a structured bag to hint at your femininity.

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Shop the Look: Steve Madden Hilight Wedge Sneakers, Dogeared Bow Stud Earrings & Gianni Bini Tessa Satchel

Feminine Finesse 

For a look that’s more unexpected, seek out girly silhouettes that contrast your sneaker’s informal vibe. We love fit-and-flare or bodycon dresses, full skirts and tailored rompers. Check out our favorite duos below.

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Shop the Looks: Gianni Bini Erynn Romper & Guess Whitz Wedge Sneakers, BCBGeneration Faux-Leather-Yoke Cocktail Dress & Steve Madden Huston High-Top Wedge Sneakers, Buffalo  David Bitton Tribal-Print Dress & MICHAEL Michael Kors Skid Wedge Sneakers

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How do you rock wedge sneakers? Let us know!

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Tame the Trend: Animal Prints from Antonio Melani

This season, dare to embrace fashion’s wildest trend: animal print. Unapologetic and bold, these prints from Antonio Melani  enliven even the most domestic of wardrobes.

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Revamp the traditional pencil skirt with this daring leopard-print style from Antonio Melani. For a hint of tribal-fashion savvy, pair with an embellished blouse and the Whisp pumps from Steven by Steve Madden. This Michael Kors bracelet’s simple femininity and butter LONDON nail polish in Old Bill complete the adventurous silhouette.

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Reinvigorate the essential suit with the dauntless Antonio Melani punky shirred animal-print top. The Guess Carrie pointed-toe pump elongates your figure, while the Break Away bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lip creates a full lip. For a vivacious splash of color, add the Brahmin Melbourne Asher tote in croco-embossed leather.

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Smart and sleek, the Antonio Melani Fawella snake-print dress dances between composed sophistication and  precocious spunk — especially when paired with the Antonio Melani Nia peep-toe pumps. Accented with the Kenneth Cole New York woven cuff bracelet and the MICHAEL Michael Kors Cynthia satchel, this versatile look refuses to be bland.

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How are you incorporating animal-prints into your summer look?

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Summer Love: Our Favorite Pumps

Sandals are the official shoe of summer, but that doesn’t mean parting ways with your favorite pumps. Simply slip into a single-sole, pointed-toe silhouette for a look that’s lightweight and leg-lengthening.  

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Steve Madden Darrt Pointed-Toe PumpThis metallic stunner goes from edgy to ethereal with a few styling swaps. Skinny jeans say you’re not afraid to make a statement, while a little white dress speaks to your sweet disposition.
We love it for: Summer weddings (day or evening), garden parties, date night

Sam Edelman Okala Ankle-Strap Pump: Hot days often give way to simple fabrics and silhouettes — luckily, the Okala perks up even the most pared-down looks. Bold in cow-print hair calf, the wild style remains versatile thanks to a nude ankle strap.
We love it for: The office, stylish Saturdays, weekend getaways

Steven by Steve Madden Akcess Pointed-Toe PumpThe Akcess flaunts a fierce reptile texture that grounds breezy dresses, skirts and cropped pants. Snag it in your choice of summer shades: coral, white or blue.
We love it for: Summer weddings (day), the office, Sunday brunch

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Which pump is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

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Summer Love: Our Top 4 Summer Flats

Sandals aren’t the only musts in a well-curated summer wardrobe. Flats–with their grab-and-go ease and comfy sensibility–are just as fun and fashionable as wedges or sandals for hot days and sizzling nights. Give your flat collection a summery spin with our top 4 warm-weather styles.

1. Moment in the Sun: UGG Australia Antora Glitter Flats

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Why it’s on the list: Festive, sun-reflecting  glitter makes the Antora flat from UGG Australia a brilliant choice.

Fave Feature: You’ll love the luxurious touch of shearling in the heel pocket.

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2. Studly Choice: Steve Madden Graanite Smoking Slippers

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Why it’s on the list:  Smoking slippers are a sophisticated change of pace from the classic (but essential) ballet flat. Much like glitter, shimmering studs keep this menswear-inspired silhouette fresh for the season.

Fave Feature: Versatility! Style with cropped pants, polished pencil skirts or sundresses.

Shop the Steve Madden Graanite studded smoking slipper. Shop all studded flats. Shop all smoking slippers.

3. Open Concept: Chinese Laundry Easy Does It d’Orsay Flats

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Why it’s on the list: Keep things breezy and light with this Chinese Laundry d’Orsay flat.

Fave Feature: This flirty, open-sided silhouette offers the perfect balance between coverage and a little skin.

Shop the Chinese Laundry Easy Does It suede d’Orsay flats. Shop all d’Orsay flats.

4. Casual Meets Cool: Antonio Melani Teegan Espadrille Flats

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Why it’s on the list: Not feeling flip-flops today? Reach for flat espadrilles. They offer a different approach to the casual ease you crave.

Fave Feature: A textural touch of jute and a sprinkle of shine make this pair from Antonio Melani the perfect choice for off-duty days.

Shop the Antonio Melani Teegan espadrille flats. Shop all flat espadrilles.

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Do you wear flats during the summer? What’s your favorite pair?

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