If you’ve been living in sandals all summer, it’s time to slip into something a little sturdier for fall. This season’s boots have something for every wardrobe and heel height and lots of attention to details. Whether you like to be sky-high in your shoes or step firmly on the ground in flats, check out some of our sub-$100 picks for your autumn style.

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Platforms – $99

Nine West
2739 North Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 281-9132

Platforms are a gift to ladies everywhere who want some extra height without killing their feet. This season’s platforms measure in at all heights, from the most extreme altitudes reminiscent of ‘70s disco shoes to more conventional—and walkable—lifts of an inch or so. Nine West’s version is tall enough to give you some lift, but not so much that you’ll trip while running for the bus.

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Ankle Boots – $44.99

ModCloth – online only

If you invested in a pair of ankle boots a few seasons back, you’ll be glad to know the style—great for petite gals in particular—is hip as ever this fall. Does your shoe wardrobe lack some booties? Snap up a pair before the season is over, and slide some on over your favorite tights. Bonus style points if you can find them in a standout hue like this pair from ModCloth.

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Laces – $99

133 South State St
Chicago, IL 60603 
(312) 641-1203

Extra details are what make for the coolest kicks this fall, and laces are a great way to add interesting details to your outfit. Whether on the side, up front or all the way up the leg, lace-up boots are fashion must-have. If the amount of work seems daunting, don’t worry – most styles have a hidden zipper so your feet can make a quick getaway at the end of the day.

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Knee-high – $80

932 North Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611 
(312) 943-4176

By now it seems that knee-high boots will never go out of style–and why should they? Endlessly versatile, the look can be sporty or sexy and paired with almost any outfit. More athletic styles like riding boots are popular this year, as are the second-skin like high heeled versions. Aldo’s pair can be dressed up or dressed down and sports another seasonal boot trend: buckles.

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Hardware – $74.90

122 South State St
Chicago, IL 60603 
(312) 346-3034

Tough-looking shoes like motorcycle boots will never lose their cool, and the kind loaded with hardware can be find on some of the fall’s edgier footwear looks. If you’re looking to dress up more, find a pair that has slightly smaller buckles, latches and studs. Unless you’re trying to make it as a Hell’s Angel, you can still have boots that look plenty tough, like this shiny, studded pair from Akira.

Kim Bellware is a writer, producer and print maker living in Ukrainian Village. Her non-writerly pursuits involve soccer, perfecting Spanish tapas recipes and spending more time seemingly fixing her bike than she does actually riding it.