The Best Fall Boots | #NSale 2021

Happy Friday, friends! Today I want to talk about fall boots. I know, I know, it’s only July, but the #NSale starts next week, and I’ve already had a lot of requests for fall trends.

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I debated diving into clothing categories before the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale goes live, as I did last year (the first year they provided an online preview.) It was well-received last summer, but of course, we were all bored at home due to Covid restrictions, and I think we were all happy for something else to think about.

This year, I’m sensing a lot of weariness around the #NSale. I was thinking of cutting back a bit on my coverage and waiting to deep-dive into the sale until I can try things on, but I decided to go ahead with my posts about the major clothing categories. If nothing else, it gives us an idea of what’s ahead for fall fashion, and if you are shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I hope it helps you shop smarter and more strategically.

That said, I’m definitely going to continue to integrate summer fashion, back to school content, and other retailers into my posts over the next few weeks. My hope is that there will be a little something for everyone!

FYI, I’ve linked all my 2021 #NSale coverage at the top of the blog, and you can bookmark that page for easy reference when it’s your time to shop. Using my links to shop the sale is a way you can support my blog, and it is SO very much appreciated!

The Best Fall Boots | #NSale 2021

Footwear really sets the tone for an outfit, and it’s a great way to start transitioning our looks with the change of seasons.

This year, ankle boots (booties) are still a hot trend, but styles are definitely evolving. Chelsea boots, combat boots, and lug soles are all the rage. Western-inspired styles are also on trend this year.

I’m also noticing taller shafts, which pair well with the wider leg openings we’re seeing in jeans and pants.

Tall boots are also trending, and of course they’re very practical for colder weather. I’ve read that knee-high boots will be trending more this season, and I daresay the OTK boots are on their way out.

As far as color trends go, neutrals are still going strong, and they are the most versatile. I’m also seeing lots of green and some burgundy and rust tones as well. Olive green can actually read as a neutral, and it’s a lot more versatile than you might think. There are some croc-embossed styles, but not as much snake print as in previous years.

One last final consideration, before I round up my favorites: Be sure to take your climate into consideration when purchasing fall boots. Fall and winter weather can be messy here in Philly, so while suede is still trending, I like to have some leather options as well. Also, more and more brands are making weather-proof suede boots, and they are well worth the investment if you live in an area with messy winter weather.

The Best Boots Under $150

Note: The prices are pre-sale prices. You have to click through to see the #NSale discount.

The Best Boots Over $150

Note: The prices are pre-sale prices. You have to click through to see the #NSale discount.

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20 Responses

  1. I am so happy that you are covering the Nordstrom sale! Over the past few years I have purchased several pieces you recommended and wore them all the time. It helps me tremendously. I look forward to hearing more about handbags! 🙂

  2. Thank you for this post. I’m always curious about footwear styles for each season. Safe travels home.

  3. I have a couple of those already on my wish list. The Sam Edelman combat boots in the Sesame…LOVE them. And two pairs of Paul Green and will decide which one to keep…the lower shaft Chelsea in Asphalt, and the combat boot in Asphalt. I love combat boots, but I think I’m leaning towards the Chelsea. I also really thought about that almond Chelsea (Paul Green), but I think I like the Sam Edelman a little more.

    Thanks so much for the coverage on this…I know it’s got to be a delicate balance!

  4. Great post! I will be shopping the sale for boots, jeans, cashmere. I appreciate your posts so much! They are sooo helpful. Thank you!!

  5. I love your Nordy sale coverage, Jo-Lynne! I keep a sticky note on my desktop all year with items I want to look for. I’m excited about the combat boots being more popular. I bought a pair from Nordy’s at the end of the winter at a great price and can’t wait to wear them. As I pulled them out of the box I wondered if I was “too old” for the look– I’m 59. Once I had them on with cropped-length jeans the answer was clear. Nope. I’m not too old. I love the look with the shorter hems. And I’m a firm believer that we’re never too old for what we like and what makes us feel good, anyway. Thanks for posting while on vacay, Jo-Lynne. We’re west of Portland near Lake Sebago and it is POURING here this morning. Headed to Acadia tomorrow.

  6. I’m glad you are still covering the sale! I didn’t get much last year because #covid. So, I’m ready to shop this year! I’m thinking jeans, booties and a new crossbody for sure. I love the detailed descriptions you give for items you recommend. Thank you!

  7. Welcome to CT! We live just north east of Hartford and I laughed when I saw your “Good morning from Hartford, CT!” Safe travels for the rest of the way home.

  8. I like that you giver the NSALE. Whether I shop it or not I like staying updated on the Fall trends. I have to say I don’t like any of the boot options as they are too lug soled or high heeled for me. Will be fun to see how you style them. I hope to find lower heel grey booties. I have a pair I need replacing. Also could use a low heel cognac color to replace too. Any heel size 2” and lower. :). You should be home by now and glad you got away to rest.

  9. PS. Could you help with trying on the straight left crop jeans featured. I need to update but not sure how to wear boots with them. I’m sure I’ll revert back to skinnies come Fall and Winter.

  10. I appreciate your coverage. I shop last so never have any “must haves”. I’ve noticed many items I would never buy based on the online pics anyway so enjoy you showing us what they look like on a normal person. For me shopping is super time consuming, overwhelming and I don’t enjoy it all that much. But I do really like new things and have been trying to update my wardrobe the last few years. So thank you for narrowing it down to a manageable level for us lazy folks. lol!

    1. I could use boots this year for fall/winter, but I’m curious to see how whole outfits will be coming together. I actually see several OTK boots on the pre sale. I love the wider leg Jean’s for the hotter weather, but skinnies and leggings are best for cold weather and jackets. I’m looking forward to seeing what you find come Monday. Happy shopping! …and no pressure😉😂
  11. Sorry but all of the lug sole and combat boots look awful on a girl with a 9 1/2 to 10 sz shoe. I don’t want to look like a logger and I just don’t find them feminine. The other boots are very cute & look forward to seeing you style all of them.

  12. It is interesting to see what the trends are going to be for this fall and winter. The fashion industry likes to keep things evolving for us ladies. It doesn’t seem like men’s fashion changes as much. Fortunately, I have chunky boots and a pair of knee high boots that should serve me well.

    1. I think men’s fashion changes pretty fast, for those who are on the cutting edge and pay attention. Most men I know couldn’t care less, lol. 🙂 But yes, the fashion industry is definitely a bit of a racket, isn’t it? It’s a balancing act to stay current but not fall for the “must have all the new things” pressure that exists on social media.

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