Fabulous fall boots and booties

Oct 20, 2008 at 7:31 a.m. ET

With the cool temperatures of fall, boots are a popular choice in footwear. This season, boots and booties are hotter than ever, coming in all shapes, heights and fabrics. Here are some of the latest trends in fall boots.

Fall boots

Oxford shooties

Oxford-style shooties

Is it a boot? Is it a shoe? No, it's a shootie! The shortest booties are dubbed "shooties" and they are one of the biggest fashion trends for fall. Menswear-inspired lace-up oxfords with a high heel are a top choice this season. Pair these shoes with romantic, feminine clothes for a nice contrast in style.

To save money (and be animal-friendly) look for synthetic options rather than leather. These Franco Sarto oxfords pictured here are under $80 at Nordstrom. They feature a polyurethane upper and rubber sole.

Fringe boots

Fringed boots

If you thought fringe was gone for good, you were wrong. The 70s look of fringed boots and bags is back with a vengeance this season. Whether you prefer tall knee-high or short ankle boots, fringe adds a bit of texture and flair to your look. So it's time to get funky for fall with fringe.

Here, these fringe boots from GUESS feature a suede upper, mirrored studs around the shaft and a 4-inch heel. These boots come in your choice of black or brown from Endless. If this much fringe is too much for you, look for shorter boots with just a bit of fringe trim instead.

Aerosoles riding boots

Traditional riding boots

A mainstay for years, traditional riding boots are popular once again this fall. These knee-high, low-heeled boots are perfect to wear with jeans tucked in or with a long flowing skirt.

If you find a pair of riding boots that you love and can wear year after year, it's alright to splurge a little bit on the price. If you select a trendy color or fabric, then don't spend as much because you won't wear them as often. These comfortable Aerosoles riding boots are available for under $100.

BCBGirls Elia bootie

Peep-toe patent booties

You thought peep-toes were just for summertime? Not this year! Peep-toe booties are everywhere this season.

Unlike peep-toe pumps, it's acceptable to wear hose with peep-toe booties when it's cold outside. These BCBGirls booties feature glossy patent leather, a ribbon tie and an open toe. At around $100, they are a terrific buy.

Croc-embossed boots

Of course all of us can't afford real crocodile boots, but that doesn't mean we can't get the look! Croc-embossed boots offer a chic appeal.

These faux leather tall boots from Ruby & Bloom come in black or brown croco. They have a 3-inch heel and full-length zipper for easy wear. You can these boots for just under $90.

Fall fashion