The central coast is beginning the transition from summer to fall, and that means two things: pumpkin spice lattes are now available at Starbucks and of course, boot season has officially begun.
However, besides the menu at Starbucks, fall on the central coast is anything but traditional. The latter part of the year is ironically the ideal time to soak up gorgeous sun rays at the beach, enjoy the warm weather with outdoor picnics, and even perhaps a Thanksgiving dinner served al fresco.
For those who prefer to embrace the upcoming autumn season, it means much more than weather. It’s the perfect time of year to indulge on a great pair of sturdy yet fashion forward pair of boots to guide you through the season and straight into winter.
But finding the right pair of boots can almost be as difficult as finding Mr. Right. There are expectations, and a certain checklist that must be met before making the commitment and leap of faith that it is a perfect match.
San Luis Obispo’s main streets are thriving with a boot selection that will make the checklist grow substantially. The choices are endless: high-designer footwear showcased in the window at Coverings, affordable knock-offs at Crazy Jay’s and hipster kicks at Urban Outfitters. The next question is which style to settle with this season: lace-up boots, cowboy boots, tall boots, short boots, heeled boots, flat boots, leather boots, or suede boots.
If money is tight but you want a pair of boots that will top off all of your favorite fall outfits, stick to boutiques such as Crazy Jay’s and Lucky LuLu’s, which both have a fabulous shoe collection for an even better price. It also might be smart to choose a style of boot that can last you all year and will make it worth your money. Styles such as laced-up combat boots or suede western booties are perfect to bring into spring and summer styles.
For those who don’t mind the price tag, Coverings and Romp are the boutiques of choice. Classic designer labels such as Vince Camuto and Steve Madden grace the shoe section at Coverings and Romp retails high quality, Italian leather boots imported from Europe. If it is within the budget, these locations are the perfect opportunity to splurge on a pair of tall, cognac leather pair of boots with a chunky heel.
Boot season is an exciting time of year, so grab a pumpkin spice latte and head downtown SLO to celebrate what the season is all about.