Why You Should NOT Buy OTK Boots This Fall: Get These Instead

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Over-the-knee (OTK) boots are great. They’re slimming, look high fashion, go with everything, and were finally mainstream last year. But, that’s exactly why you should NOT buy them now. A few years ago a nice pair of over-the-knee boots would have been a fantastic investment. However, they’ve made their way into mainstream fashion, and while that’s no reason to not wear a trend, I am personally choosing not to upgrade my otk boots this year, and I don’t think you should either. I think they are on their way out of style in the next year or so, and here’s why:

A professor named Everett Rogers developed the theory of “diffusion of innovations”. His theory helps us understand trends and how they develop over time. While none of us want to believe we’re late to the game, I guarantee many of the bloggers you see on Instagram (myself included), finally jumped on the trend in the Early Majority, not an early adopter or innovator. Last year I would consider the late majority since most people who were holding out finally jumped on the trend.


By my estimation, we’re now at the end of the Late Majority part of the curve with OTK boots, and moving into the laggards. While pictured on a few runways in the AW18 shows last February, they were not noted as a trend for the season in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, or Cosmopolitan. Additionally, no over the knee boots were featured in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which I usually look to as a note to more mainstream trends of the season. While I doubt they’ll ever away completely, the innovators and early adopters have already moved on to the latest and greatest.

What is the latest and greatest? Slouch boots! Slouch boots come in varying heights, so you can get them in thigh-high styles (as seen on a select few runways), but they aren’t your same super slim styles that have been popular in the last few years. The most popular height I’d recommend is knee-high, so just s bit shorter than the OTK boot, but it hits right at your knee and does not go over.

I got these at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and am already planning tons of fall looks around the style! Personally I like the straight shaft over the super-slouchy style a la Paulette from Legally Blonde. I also still like a high heel over a kitten heel (actually, I hate kitten heels).

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  1. Kelsey wrote:

    Love this post! So true that OTK boots are too commonplace now. I’m living below the knee and super slouchy this year.
    Xx, Kelsey

    Posted 9.22.18 Reply
  2. I love OTK boots but have to admit, I’ve been wearing the same pair for 3 + years! I’m loving your slouchy boots. Might have to purchase these this year!

    Posted 9.22.18 Reply
  3. Nataly wrote:

    I am still loving both actually! Great post girl!

    Posted 9.24.18 Reply
  4. Brooke wrote:

    Such an interesting read! I totally agree with you though! I think slouch boots are the new look for fall! Love the ones you are wearing too!

    Posted 9.24.18 Reply
  5. Danielle wrote:

    I love having a variety in my closet, but totally into the slouch boots this season, too!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

    Posted 9.24.18 Reply
  6. Cathy wrote:

    This is so true! My mom always taught me a trend lasts three years max, then it’s onto the next! I love your boots, and this year I’m gravitating towards western inspiration. Love your chart!!


    Posted 9.24.18 Reply
  7. Those boots look amazing on you. Love the color … so versatile.

    ❥ tanvii.com

    Posted 9.24.18 Reply
  8. Loving these slouch boots on you! I probably won’t stop wearing OTK, but definitely won’t be buying any new!

    xx Rebecca // The Crystal Press

    Posted 9.24.18 Reply
    • Same! I’ll still wear mine this season, but not planning on upgrading 🙂

      Posted 9.24.18 Reply
    • Same! I figured I’d wear my old ones through the season!

      Posted 10.1.18 Reply
  9. Stephanie wrote:

    Such an interesting read! I never invested in a good pair of OTK boots, so I guess I’m safe 😉 I love the slouch boot style on you though!

    Posted 9.24.18 Reply
  10. Kristina wrote:

    Loved this perspective! Just like Tory Burch riding boots used to be all the rage and they weren’t part of the sale either!

    Posted 9.24.18 Reply
  11. Kileen wrote:

    Such an interesting post! I have been loving the slouchy boots look this year as well, these ones are so cute!

    cute & little

    Posted 9.24.18 Reply
  12. ashley hargrove wrote:

    This is so true and such a great read! There are only a few pairs of OTK boots I still wear but I haven’t bought any new pairs in over 2 years! I’ve been sticking to more heels and booties lately.

    Posted 9.25.18 Reply
    • Yes, same! I might wear them but definitely won’t be upgrading.

      Posted 10.1.18 Reply
  13. Okay I am so done with the otk boots, I just donated mine last month. I am with you

    Posted 9.25.18 Reply
  14. Laura Leigh wrote:

    That is so true!! Way to pay attention and do your research gal! I love these on you and the color is perfect!

    xo Laura Leigh
    Louella Reese

    Posted 9.26.18 Reply
  15. Morgan wrote:

    Yes, you stay ahead of those trends girl!! I must agree that OTK are heading out of style .. not worth the money!

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    Posted 9.26.18 Reply