The high and low boots to wear for fall

Plaid dress

Fall likes to ease in to Raleigh by about mid/late October, but that doesn’t stop me from transitioning my outfits from shorts and tanks to layers and booties.

The big difference we do experience around this time of year is the lower humidity level. And after dealing with 100% humidity all summer, you kind of feel like you can wear anything as long as you don’t see the thick air outside while wearing it.

My go-to in this season is dresses with ankle boots. It’s the perfect outfit for warm and sunny fall days that makes me feel like I’ve dressed appropriately but I’m not dying of heat. I like a little heel on my booties but nothing too high that keeps them from making sense to wear with my kids too. I really try not to buy clothes that I can only wear in certain circumstances, and these booties were the perfect style and height for me.

I’m pretty loyal to my ankle boots throughout fall and winter, but I couldn’t pass up on these beautiful over the knee boots from Sole Society. I love the lower heel and the details of the buttons in the back! I pictured wearing them with dresses, black leggings and a long grey sweater, or even dressing up a simple jeans + tee outfit too! They are pretty much as opposite as you can get from ankle booties, but they essentially go with the same kind of outfits!


These worked with jeans but I also plan on wearing them with a few of my shorter dresses this fall. The color is the perfect taupe-y grey to go with nearly anything, and the lower zip makes them easy to slip on!

I have two other pairs of booties from Sole Society that I got last year to pull out for the new season soon! I’ve been really pleased with the quality of the footwear I’m gotten from the brand, and find the colors they offer to be right on point.

My ankle booties are the Devyn in light taupe, the over the knee boots are Sonoma in Mushroom, and the bag is Jeanine in Sandstone.

This post was sponsored by Sole Society.


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Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says · 09.28.17

I love the booties. So glad it’s finally fall, I can start wearing boots!

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

Tracey says · 09.28.17

Wore my over the knee boots (black) with leggings and a plaid hooded shirt & leather jacket.

Karly says · 09.28.17

I still haven’t jumped on board with the over the knee boots. Maybe its b/c im short (5’3) or maybe its b/c I feel I wouldn’t get enough wear out of them with my lifestyle… but they are adorable on you!

Paula says · 09.28.17

Love them both. Just go my first OTK boots this year too! 😁…. at 52! BTW… LOVE your dress here.

Angie says · 09.28.17

I love Sole Society! Great boot picks!

Kelly says · 09.28.17

I love the dress and sweater combo – can we get the details on that too? Looks great with the booties!

Devin says · 09.28.17

I feel like I’ve seen you link that dress before, but I looked back and I am unable to find it. Can you please link it again? Thanks!

Kristen says · 09.28.17

I would love the dress & cardigan links as well!

Melanie says · 09.28.17

I love the dress and cardigan too!
My family is moving to Cary in two weeks. I’m glad to hear the humidity is down! And must do suggestions for Raleigh?

Donna says · 09.28.17

Any suggestions for sites for over the knee boots with a wide calf?

Erin says · 09.29.17

LOVE the navy utility jacket. Could you tell us where that’s from?

Kate says · 09.29.17


Beth says · 09.29.17

Kate, please don’t be offended but your dresses are too short for your figure. You have a nice figure and it is obvious you work out, but you need 2-3 more inches in length on most of your dresses for the most flattering fit. Especially if you are wearing ankle boots which make most women’s legs look shorter. Your too short dresses are having an unflattering effect. A few more inches would go a long way. ( Not to cover up your legs, but to balance your frame)

Lisa says · 09.29.17

I would have to disagree with you. I have a very similar frame to Kate and wear about the same length of dresses, and I feel and look fabulous in them! Kate looks fabulous as well! I also think it looks great with the ankle boots; not unflattering at all!

Lynn says · 09.29.17

I agree! I love Kate and her style and her blog. As soon as I saw these pictures I was thinking both these boots are a big no. Dresses would look better longer on her, flats would look cute with this dress (there are SO many cute flats out there!) and the over the knee boots, while they are beautiful, accentuate the wrong part of the leg. A more streamlined look might work, maybe some camel or tan tights/cords/skinny pants. I’m sooo sorry! Just my opinion! I know I’m going to be bashed for speaking out but it comes from the KINDEST place! I mean, if I was wearing something that just didn’t work, I would want someone to kindly tell me!

Amelia says · 09.29.17

I agree – I love the look and would totally rock it if I had Kate’s figure.

I LOVE that dress on too … would love to know where you got it

Ashley says · 10.02.17

The beautiful thing about fashion is that it’s about what makes the wearer feel good/sexy/confident/comfortable/happy/etc., not about what someone else thinks. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but why risk making someone feel bad about themselves or their choices? We, as women, should focus on building each other up and highlighting the positive attributes you see.

Maybe YOU wouldn’t wear that length dress, those shoes/boots, etc., but Kate does, and looks fabulous. We all have our own style and preferences – let’s celebrate it.

Sabrina says · 09.30.17

Kate you are so beautiful and fun! I love everything you share. Do you know where you bought this dress? I love it. Cardigan too!!!
Fyi… you rock this style!

Jennifer says · 10.11.17

Where did you get the cardigan from?