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Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.
By reader request, I’m focusing today’s Hunt on the flat tall boot. I must admit: I’m kind of iffy on wearing these to the office. I know Capitol Hill Style says she rocks her flat boots with a skirt suit all the time, but I really think this is the kind of thing that you need to make sure that you know your office, and that your outfit is “intentional” enough that you avoid looking like you never changed out of your commuting shoes. When looking for a pair of flat boots to wear around the office, I think you want to avoid a few features — the overly slouchy boot, the Western-style boot, or anything with serious treads (too reminiscent of rain boots). Readers, do you wear flat boots with skirts to the office? Which features do you look for (or avoid)? Have you made any recent purchases (share the brand/style name if possible!)
|First up: these affordable boots from Chinese Laundry (which, reading reviews, sound like they might work if you have calves on the wider side). I particularly like the almond toe. They’re available in black and cognac leather at Nordstrom for $99.95. Chinese Laundry ‘Spring Street’ Boot|
|I really like the ever-so-slight, 1″ wedge on these Nine West Buckleup boots — I think this would be a great boot for the office. It’s available in black, dark brown, and “medium natural” leather for $109.99 at NineWest.com. Another good option from Nine West: this “Watermelon” boot, available at Amazon on sale (was $169, now $119).|
|Again, I like the slight wedge on these Intyce boots by Steve Madden’s sister company, Steven. They’re available in 6 colors (including a kind of great wine color) for $104-$149 at Zappos. Steven Intyce|
|These boots have a 1.5″ heel, but I think they look great, in part because they’re completely devoid of any details. No buttons, no buckles, nothing (just a muted zipper in the back). They’re $214.95 at Nordstrom (available in both burgundy and black). Boutique 9 ‘Zanny’ Boot|
|Frye boots are, of course, legendary for comfort — but can the usually rugged look work for the office? They have a huge number of boots with heels under 2″ — I think this is my favorite of the bunch: The Melissa Button Back Zip. I could do without the buckle detail at the back of the shoe, but that’s ok. I think these would be a really versatile pair to wear both on the weekend and for work. They’re $348 at Zappos (available in 10 colors). Frye Melissa Button Back Zip|
|Gorgeous! I really like these Stuart Weitzman boots. It doesn’t say exactly how tall the wedge is inside, but on the video it looks to be about 1.5″ — I also like that it has goring in the back to help with fit. These babies are $595 at Zappos (available in black and brown). Stuart Weitzman Justmine|
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