BOOTS

“I love fashion myself. Me, my mom and my sister—it’s our hobby. Picking out things that are beautiful on any figure, that compliments their attitude,” Jessica Pearson, co-owner of Flowers by Jerry Lux Boutique. “We’ve noticed the latest trends arrive later to the midwest, so we’re bringing them here when we see them. Ankle boots are the latest trend. We also see more western style boots in fashion.”

SOREL

“People want boots that are warm but attractive. SOREL does a great job combining fashion meets function. They’re perfect for our climate,” says Angela Lowther employee at Tyrol Ski & Sports. SOREL boots can handle temperatures as low as 25 degrees below zero. They range in price from $160-$220 at Tyrol Ski & Sports. 

DANSKO

“We’re the largest dealer for Dankso in all of Minnesota. The quality of a Dankso boot will last a long time. They’re comfortable and you can stand in them all day,” explains Netta Putzier, owner of Rochester Feed & Country Store. 

 

“They’re the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn. Six months pregnant, on my feet nine hours a day, I could stand on my feet a couple more hours on top of that. My feet don’t hurt at all,” claims Tori Baumann, employee at Rochester Feed & Country Store. Dansko boots at Rochester Feed & Country Store are priced $200-$275.

BOOT CUFFS

"I think boot cuffs are popular because of their versatility and add a different element of style to an outfit. Add a pop of color or change up the look of your boot with something simple," explains Tiffany Bowers, owner of Blue Daisy Crochet (etsy.com/shopBlueDaisyCrochet). "I look at patterns and pick the ones that are the most aesthetically pleasing. I look for designs that are simple, yet eye-catching...ones that can be worn with a few different outfits."

Tiffany made a New Year's resolution to learn something new and started to crochet two years ago. As soon as she got her first set of hooks, she was "hooked." She really loves creating items with her own colors and designs. A lot of her inspiration comes from things she has seen online or in stores. She looks at something and thinks, "I can make that!" Tiffany loves going into a craft store and browsing through the yarn aisles. It gives her a sense of peace, and the colors inspire her too. She's a Minnesota girl at heart, so a lot of her inspiration also comes from lakes, wildflowers, being up north in the woods and nature in general. She wants to harness those colors and make them into something beautiful that people can enjoy and bring them a bit of peace. It is really uplifting and wondrous to see someone wearing something she's made.

Danielle Teal is a freelance writer and can often be found wearing a pair of her favorite tall boots.

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