How to Wear: Desert Boots

Okay, I’ve been getting a TON of questions on how to wear desert boots.  I think they’re extremely versatile shoes (unless it’s raining or snowing….) and perfect for school.  A little edgy, but still totally classic.
The problem is that it’s really hard to describe how to wear the boots!  The questions have been sitting in my Tumblr inbox for weeks now and I finally decided I needed to suck it up and figure out a way to answer.  Polyvore sets don’t really capture how cute desert boots can really look!
I’m also sharing a super top-secret photograph with you guys EARLY so you can see an idea of how to style it.  I can’t share any of the other photographs from this shoot yet, but trust me they’re all amazing.  This is one of the looks from the shoot and I think it is a really great style.
The first step is picking out a pair.  I first bought mine when I started seeing the boots in crewcuts catalogs.  At the time, there weren’t many women’s options.
Bernardo Suede Desert Boot in Camel (These are the boots from the picture!)
Now, you can choose from a variety of colors, materials, and height.
Some more desert boot inspiration:
Anyone else have desert boots in their closet?  How do you wear them?
PS Here’s how I’ve worn them before:

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madras 'n pearls

I pleased to see the Desert Boot back. I haven't owned a pair since the mid 70's. Back then I only wore them with jeans or cords to elementary school. It's refreshing to see they can be styled with skirts and leggings.


I just adore the bag in the first picture! I would love to know where it is from…pretty please!

Anna H

I love the way they are styled in the picture. They look great!

Might that picture be a preview of something from Sweet Lemon Mag? If so, I'm excited!


I've been thinking about it, and I've decided they're not my thing. Love the way you styled it in that first photo, but I just can't see myself wearing them.

Hashani Perera

these look super great with pleated trousers/high waist pleated trousers, a skinny boy friend jean, and of course dresses. A perfect shoe to pair with a hat too. Just accessorize well to kind of make it less manly if you like. But you can usually just rock it cos it looks pretty laid back.