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Spring Boots and Booties for Women

Top Picks for 2011

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If the only spring boots you own are made of rubber and protect you from the rain, then it may be time to take a trip to the shoe store, or at least, have another look through your closet.

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'

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Part sandal and part bootie, styles like the ones shown here are great for pairing with skirts, dresses, and even shorts.

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'

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If you're looking for a pair of spring booties that are a little bit dressier, then you can't go wrong using these sexy L.A.M.B. booties as an example of what to look for.

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'

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These funky, flowered boots from Report are right on par with some of spring 2011's hottest shoe trends, including: open toes, neutral coloring, and floral embellishments.

Also available in black, these spring boots feature 4" heels and suede uppers.

Neutral Spring Boots for Women - Nine West 'Geegee'

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Because they work so well with the white, light, and brighter shades of spring clothing, light neutral boots and booties are ideal for wearing with warm-weather outfits. And it's a chance to wear all those lighter grays, tans, creams, and taupes that just don't feel dark enough for fall and winter.

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Open-Toed Booties and Boots for Spring - MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Tonne'

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Open-toed booties and boots are all the rage again this season, so you'll be seeing a lot of them on this list, as well as in the stores. In addition to being trendy and different, they actually do serve the practical purpose of keeping your feet cooler than fall or winter boots.

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'

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Whether you prefer short or taller styles, casual boots are great to have in your spring wardrobe, as they're ideal for pairing with jeans or pants.

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.

Riding and Western Boots for Spring - Frye 'Multi Strap Harness'

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Riding boots and western boots are truly multi-seasonal, and they work great with a variety of spring fashions like shorter casual skirts and dresses, and of course, they're a natural with pencil jeans tucked into them and a french-cut t-shirt on top.
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