Fashion hiker boots are a huge trend for winter 2019, and I’m here for it.
I love the casual-chic vibe with a rugged edge, and best of all, they’re as functional as they are practical. Of course I had to try a pair!
I went right to the Nordstrom shoe department, and I found so many great options, I couldn’t choose just one. I ended up coming home with two pairs to style for you. Let’s call it research, m’kay?
The first pair is by Caslon, and I’m seriously impressed with these boots. They’re incredibly comfortable inside, and they look great on. They’re also water-resistant, so you can wear them in the rain and snow.
A lot of fashion hiker boots have a high heel, but I wasn’t sure I could pull that off. I didn’t necessarily want them to be flat either, and these have the perfect 2 1/4″ heel (plus there’s a platform so the heel drop isn’t that high.)
They’re leather on the outside, and while it says synthetic inside, they feel soft and leather-like. They also have good arch support, for those who need that.
The styling is rugged yet refined, and I love the attention to detail — like the contrast leather piping along the footbed.
These boots are true to size, or size up if in between. I went up to an 8.5 for these, in case I want extra room for socks. (For reference, I’m generally between and 8 and 8.5 in boots.)
This sweatshirt is soooooo soft and cozy. It’s almost fleecy in texture, but it’s on the thinner side, and I really like the styling.
The boatneck and raglan sleeves are universally flattering, and it has a slouchy but not sloppy fit. I sized up to a medium for some extra wiggle room and in case it shrinks some.
Caslon boots // sweatshirt // jeans // similar earrings
I also fell in love with the UGG Quincy boots.
While the Caslon boots (above) were more of what I had in mind when I went shopping for fashion hiker boots, these UGGs were calling my name from the moment I laid eyes on them, and I couldn’t resist giving them a try.
These boots are lined completely with shearling and UGGpure (a textile made entirely from wool but shaped to feel and wear like genuine shearling) and they feel absolutely magical on my feet.
They’re also incredibly lightweight and have a low 1″ heel for supreme comfort. FYI, I needed a 9 in these, so I recommend sizing up at least half from your normal.
A fun thing about these boots is you can wear them with the shaft standing up, or fold it over and make them shorter.
First, I styled them with the back folded over. There’s even a snap on the back, if you want to make sure it stays in place.
And here’s how they look if you leave the shaft standing tall.
Either way, I wore my skinny jeans tucked into these boots for a long, lean leg line and an uncluttered look.
When you cuff your jeans, you break up the line of the leg and create another point of interest, but I wanted to keep it simple with these casual boots. It’s also warmer this way!
This scarf is so pretty, and it comes in two other color combos if you’re not into the rust tones. I feel like this scarf should work for people with cool or warm undertones, because it has both cool and warm colors in it.
Don’t forget that Christmas is coming! A scarf makes a great holiday gift, and at $35, this one won’t break the budget.
I love this cozy look for all sorts of events and venues. You could throw on a coat on for extra warmth, or go without if you’re going to be in and out of stores and don’t want the extra bulk.
What are your thoughts on the fashion hiking boot trend? Are you in, or are you out?
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photos: Alison Cornell