But, what's particularly nice about the hottest trends in women's fall boots for 2012 is that they're not terribly extreme -- which means you can get all trendy, without feeling as though your new boots will look outdated next season, or even next year.
Below I've highlighted a few of the season's top trends in women's boots.
Flat Ankle Boots and Booties for Women
Boots like these are a great example of how this year's top trends really aren't that "trendy" at all, as a pair of simple boots like these could be worn anytime you want a casual look, that's stylish instead of sloppy.
Women's Tall Flat Boots for 2012
When it comes to tall, flat boots, I tend to prefer the simpler styles as they're as easy to pair with skirts and dresses as they are with jeans and leggings.
Hot Trend for 2012 : Women's Boots with Chunky Heels
Nearly always more comfortable than their stiletto-heeled counterparts, chunky heels are cropping up on dressy and casual styles; and they can be found on booties, ankle, mid-calf, and knee-high boots. While chunky heels are a little more come-and-go than some of the other trends on this list, they're not so "out there" that you couldn't wear them even when they're not trending. If you want to insure that you can wear your chunky-heeled boots well into the future, look for styles that are otherwise simple and classic in design.
Looking for Trendy Boots? It's all in the Details
For example, glitter, sequins, reptile-prints, and animal prints have all been liberally applied to otherwise timeless styles, making this season's boots more lasting than most we've seen in recent years.
Don't want to wear heels, but looking for something different? Try a pair of leopard print ankle boots.
Love chunky heels, but need something that's a little on the dressy side? Not a problem, you can pick up a pair of chunky-heeled boots with glitter accents.
In addition to the fact that this allows women to give a bit more insight into their personalities without having to risk their comfort to do so, these details also tend to make shoe shopping a bit more fun, since there's a little something for everyone to get excited about.
Boot Mini-Trends for 2012 : Fringe, Western & Motorcycle Styles
I refer to these elements as mini-trends, because -- for me -- they're not really anything to get too excited about. Trends of this nature tend to come and go every two to three years, and they're great if they fit into your lifestyle and wardrobe, but I wouldn't skip a car payment just to buy into the trend.
What is nice about this type of fashion cycle, is that it provides a great opportunity for some women to score styles that actually are reflective of their style.
For example, I nearly always wear flat dress boots whether they're "in" or not -- I'm happy that they're hot this year, because I'll be able to stock up on them, which will see me through those years when they're not so trendy.
So if you're a cowgirl, a bad girl, or an earth mother through and through, then this season you're going to be able to find lots of boots that will work with your wardrobe.