Spring booties and boots have been gaining popularity over the last few years, and this year there are lots of styles of boots, booties and ankle boots that are ideal for wearing with all your spring fashions.
There aren't a lot of rules as to which boots you can or can't wear for spring, but they shouldn't look too much like winter boots. Here are a few of my favorite styles in spring boots for women, along with tips on how to wear them.
Cutout, Lace-Up and Cage Bootie Sandals for Spring - Miss Sixty 'Bianca'
I love the sexy cut-out fronts and wedge heels on these particular booties, but you can get the same effect from lace-up and mesh bootie sandals with straps that extend above the ankles.
Dress Booties for Spring 2011 - L.A.M.B. 'Crepe'
With combination mesh and leather uppers, these high heeled booties come in black, light rose, and taupe. And, since they'd work with everything from jeans to dresses, they're as versatile as they are trendy.
Trendy Spring Boots 2011 - Report 'Inez'
Also available in black, these spring boots feature 4" heels and suede uppers.
Neutral Spring Boots for Women - Nine West 'Geegee'
Open-Toed Booties and Boots for Spring - MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Tonne'
Having said that, I know that open-toed boots have as many critics as they do fans. If you're among those people who really don't like this trend, don't worry; revealing your toes isn't essential to wearing spring boots, and there are plenty of more traditional styles to choose from.
Of course, if you love showing off your pedicure while covering your ankles, then have at it, the craze is still going strong.
Casual Women's Boots for Spring - Timberland Earthkeepers 'Chauncey'
Personally, I love heeled ankle boots and booties like the ones shown here, but even sheepskin boots can effectively be worn in warmer weather -- and those taller styles work better with shorts and casual skirts and dresses.
If you're not a fan of sheepskin boots, or, like me, you prefer spring boots that have all their fuzzy bits hidden away inside, steer clear of styles with fold-down collars, thick welts, and other features that imply they're fall or winter boots.