For a look at some of the hottest styles of the 2012 / 2013 season, check out the following dress boots for women.
J Shoes 'Coco' - Slouchy Boots with Heels
Pair boots like these with a skirt or dress, and you'll look as if you just strolled off a runway.
Calvin Klein 'Dayleen' - Classic Suede Dress Boots
Available in black or brown, these boots are priced at just under $200 per pair.
Vigotti Silke - Mid-Calf Dress Boots
So, if you're looking for a pair of boots that can dress up leggings or jeans, but still hold their own with dressier outfits, just keep this general rule in mind: the simpler, the better -- and of course, black is the most versatile choice.
DKNY 'Randi' - Women's Dress Boots with Wedge Heels
The 4" covered wedge heels are sexy, and a bit more stable than stiletto heels of the same height; while the soft suede uppers and matte leather trim give them a classically dressy look. So, you can wear these boots now and feel all au currant, but they'll still look great a few years from now.
Boutique 9 'Feliece' - Dress Boots with Chunky High Heels
Even though the 4.5" heels are a bit high for my liking, their chunkiness assures me that at least I won't be teetering on them. And, the soft, luxurious nubuck uppers are absolutely begging to be paired with a wintery skirt and tights or print stockings.
Vince Camuto Jardine - Dressy Ankle Boots
Take these super sexy ankle boots from Vince Camuto. They'd easily add a dressy feel to maxi skirts or dresses, and they'd also be ideal for wearing with dress pants, since taller boots can sometimes be a pain to wear under trousers.
Beyond that, they'd also be great for dressing up jeans or leggings -- let's face it, not every dressier occasion is that formal.
With 4.5" heels and 1.25" platform soles, these boots come in ruby or black suede. They might be a bit too racy or trendy for some, but they still serve as a good example of how an ankle boot can be dressy. If you wan't something a bit more classic, look for a similar style in leather or suede, without the platform sole and bold accents.
Stuart Weitzman '50/50' - Gorgeous Flat Dress Boots
First off, there is the super-tall shaft height that allows these boots to be flatteringly paired with skirts and dresses of any length or shape. Then there is the slight 1" heel that means nearly any woman could wear them comfortably, whether she does a lot of standing/walking or not. And finally, there are the elasticized back panels that give these boots a bit of stretch, and give the wearer a more customized fit.
Available in black nappa, or bordo, navy or slate suede, the other great thing about these boots is that they'd look just as good with jeans and leggings as they would with dressier outfits.