Even though it's not quite fall, I'm so ready. Northern VA has had a sight nip in the air all week. I finally pulled out my jeans. Yesterday I wore boots to church and had my first salted caramel mocha of the season. So yeah, that pretty much makes it official.
But back to the boots. I love my boots. I bought them off DSW's clearance rack last fall and never regretted it....except for the first day I tried to wear them and realized they were just too loose around my heel. Boots are supposed to fit snugly through the heel, but finding the perfect fit can be difficult if you have narrow heels (like me) or can't afford to pay top dollar for super nice boots (also like me). My boots are technically a "riding boot" made with extra room through the calf so jeans fit inside. The roomy calves are awesome, the roomy heel not so much.
But I found a solution.
I first tried layering socks (boot socks + a short sock for extra padding), but that added too much thickness through the ball of my foot. I finally got the bright idea to create special socks that I dubbed "boot booties" (since boot socks was already taken).
(whatever thickness you desire or have room for)
Cut off 2-3 inches from the toes of your fuzzy socks.
Layer your booties over your normal boot socks or tights and wear boots as normal.
And ta da! No one need ever know you are wearing crazy half-socks, but you get the extra padding and better fit.
Surely I'm not the first person to think of this, but I was pretty darned pleased with myself. It's like fingerless gloves for your feet. I love that it gave my boots a little more cushion, too. I was afraid it would feel weird having a half-sock inside my boot, but I soon grew used to it. One pair likes to roll up a bit if I'm not careful putting them on, but it smooths out as you wear it.