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12 Tips to Buying the Right Boots and Shoes

Get a leg up on the best styles for fall

A woman sitting on the stairs and fastening the zipper on her brown leather boots

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Every fall we start an online love affair with shoes. We flirt with flats, get involved with a heel or two and imagine running off with a pair of sexy knee-high boots. Why not? Shopping for our sole mate has a serious mood-boosting effect. However, when we overstep our limits — cheating on our bunions, corns and hammertoes with shoes that are too tight, too narrow, too flimsy or too high — it ends in misery. Here are 12 ways to put your best foot forward.

Lois Joy Johnson is a beauty and style editor who focuses on women 50 and older. She was the beauty and style editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and a founding editor of More magazine. She has written three books: The Makeup Wakeup, The Wardrobe Wakeup and The Woman's Wakeup.