Starting Fall on the Right Foot

Tall boots. I've always strayed away from them because I'm short. How is a 5'4, apple-shaped girl with short legs and thick thighs supposed to wear to-the-knee boots? Impossible, I always thought, until last Saturday afternoon when grandma Mary and I walked into Payless.

"Ooooh, those are cute," I said aloud as I laid eyes on the black riding boots. After a brief moment of second-guessing myself ("Are you really going to make these shoes work?"), I took off my flats and slipped on the boots. "Slipped on" is actually a nice way of putting it. I would say it was more of a struggle to zip them up. But after maneuvering my body a few times (a.k.a. sitting, then standing, then back to sitting, then finally standing with my foot on the chair), I was able to zip them all the way up.

Aaahhhh. The feeling of shoe shopping success. Not only did these boots zip from ankle to knee, they were also extremely comfortable. Thank you latex and memory foam insoles for making me feel like I was walking on clouds. I strutted up and down the shoe-filled isles to test them and stared at myself in the full length mirror (probably longer than I should have) to make sure they were a perfect match for my petite self. Shortly thereafter, grandma and I left Payless with two new pairs of boots; thanks BOGO!

Below is Payless' selection of wide width and extended calf boots. I purchased the Ryder Riding Boot in black. I recommend shopping their selections if you're new to tall boots and don't want to spend a fortune.

Payless Extended Calf Boots
Top row (l-r): Ryder Riding Boot, Zane Riding Boot Cognac and Black, Rory Tall Boot in Brown Suede, Black Suede, Grey Suede, Red Suede, and Black.