I had been drooling over those studded, strappy, lace-up flat boots by Saint Laurent since late summer, when those gorgeous pieces of sartorial art started popping up online (and on bloggers' Instagram pics -- LIFE IS SO UNFAIR). So I almost cried when I unearthed (and quickly hoarded) a pair of past-season strappy and grommeted lace-up booties by Costume National at Century 21 — in my size and right before Fashion Week. It was like the stars aligned and I've been wearing them ever since.
Between ankle booties, knee-high boots and sexy over-the-knee pairs, a girl needs a lot of boots. But be sure to add lace-up ones into the mix for a retro-rugged element, whether they're bedazzled combat boots, sexy-tough stacked heel silhouettes, menswear-inspired desert booties or even a fashion-y looking duck boot (because it'll get messy out there soon, people). And quite of few of these lace-up styles are actually easier to put on than you think — thank goodness for hidden zippers.
Click through the slideshow below for 11 perfect pairs in a range of shapes, colors and budgets.