Published: Dec 07, 2012, 11:46 IST | Ruchika Kher |

Initially, crafted for greater ankle protection, boots have now become a major winter style statement. From classic equestrian styles to wedge platforms � there's a boot for every occasion. Ruchika Kher has compiled a trendy boot guide so you step you in style, when the chills set in

Ankle-length boots
Do’s – Skinny leggings, opaque tights and pencil fit pants, go very well with ankle-length boots. Frilled dresses that end at the knee are recommended too.
Don’ts Don’t pair with cropped or capri pants, cocktail dresses, skirts or dresses that hit below the knee if you have shapely calves. Avoid boot-cut jeans and cropped leggings as well.

Heeled buckled boots
Do’s- Pair the boots with tailored, ankle-length jeans and show a little skin. They also make for a good option for work. Team them up with a straight mid-length skirt for that perfect look. 
Don’ts- Avoid shorts with these boots or booties as they are often referred to. Wear them only if you can carry them comfortably. Asymmetrical dresses or skirts are not an option. Images courtesy/

How did the boot reach India?
According to records, early boots consisted of separate leggings, soles, and uppers worn together for ankle protection compared to shoes or sandals. By 1000 BC, these elements were joined to form a single unit that covered the foot and lower leg, often up to the knee. Soft leather ankle boots worn by nomads in East Asia, reached China, India and Russia between 1200 and 1500 AD
by Mongol invaders.

Knee-length boots
Do’s - These are cozy and cool, and look best when paired with a tailored blazer and slim-cut jeans. Very short skirts are a good option too.
Don’t’s – If wearing a skirt or a dress with knee-length boots, do check your hemline The outfit should not hide just the top of your knee-high boots; it’s a big no-no.

Expert talk
Boot Care: Store your boots in a dry place. Avoid contact to water, especially in case of leather boots. Dampness tends to raise chances of fungal attack; Store it in a cloth bag stuffed with newspapers. This also helps retain its shape.
Hot Tip: Tan/Black colour knee-length boots are hot this season. Although tall people carry boots very well, short stature people should go for boots too, since it will enhance their height and make them look taller. Boots for Mumbai? Don’t wear boots in Mumbai, since it doesn’t get too cold. However, one can wear them for special parties in December, especially knee-length boots (women).

— Courtesy: Fashion and shoe designer Riyaz Gangji

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