Ask Belle: Flat vs. High Heel Boots
Oct 10, 2012
Hi Belle,You posted today and sometime last week about knee high heeled boots with pencil skirts. Yet, you frequently extol the benefits of knee highflat boots on your site. Can flat boots be worn with pencil skirts? With skirts at all? To work on non-casual days? If we can only afford one pair of boots this season, should we opt for the flats or the heels?Rebecca
When you’re looking for a boot to wear with pencil skirts (or just knee-length skirts in general), you need to look for a boot with no adornments and sleek style. This is not the time for buckles, bows or texture. You should also look for something with a sleeker profile, no chunky riding boots. A pointier toe or a slight wedge help with the sleek look.
Flat boots with skirts is not a look that is for everyone. Shorter ladies or ladies with shorter legs may find this too big of a reach. Women who work in very professional offices may also find the look to be too casual for their regular dress code. But I think a sleek pair of black boots with black tights and a black skirt is a great way to wear business separates in a more relaxed way.
If you need a boot with wider calves, there are some brands you can try. Gabrielle Rochas, Audrey Brooke, Ros Hommerson, Franco Sarto and J.CREW all make boots with extended calves. But before you order a pair, you need to grab a measuring tape and find out what kind of circumference you need. Just make sure to measure the widest part of the calf.