Hot Style for Fall: Cognac Riding Boots

The number of women (and some men) wearing riding boots has been on the rise in the last year. Rising high in fact. Designers are embracing the style and are trying to set themselves apart the competition. Combine the hottest boot style with the one of the hottest color choices for the fall season of 2014 – Cognac – and you have a winning combination: Cognac Riding Boots. The color cognac is kind of hard to describe as it’s not brown or tan or orange, but I’ve heard it explained these ways:

  • dark caramel
  • rich tan
  • saddle color with orange tones
  • amber
  • brownish-red
  • It’s also the name of a brandy produced in France.

I returned from a business trip across country, and in my travels I saw several peeps embrace the cognac riding boot look, wearing them with everything from skirts, leggings and jeans. And the color basically goes with everything, even browns, blacks and red.

The six cognac riding boot styles shown above are (from left to right, top to bottom):

  1. Carlos by Carlos Santana Whitney Over-The-Knee Boots, $119
  2. French Blu Women’s Tall Quilted Boots, $59.99
  3. Fendi Leather Flat Cognac Riding Boots, $832 (regularly $1665)
  4. Frye  Melissa Zip Riding Extended Calf Boots, $368
  5. Steven by Steve Madden Sady Wide Calf Tall Riding Boots, $169
  6. Steve Madden Albany Cognac Riding Boots, $189.95

Which Cognac riding boot style is your favorite?

  • Madden Girl
    Manmade leather upper Double buckle detail Side zip closure Almond toe 11 shaft Fabric lining Lightly cushioned insole heel Manmade outsole Imported Available in cognac brown
    $69.99  from Stage Stores
  • Independent Boot Company
    Fall in love with the Elise Riding Boot 's tall looks and understated details. Independent Boot Company has crafted this brown riding boot from distressed cognac leather. The collar slopes at top for an angular shape, while each foot features a classic brasstone buckle. A full-length zipper guarantees effortless on and off, and the cushioned 3-layer outsole will keep you comfortable on your feet. Experience tall elegance in the Elise Riding Boot. Independent Boot Company embraces the undying spirit of self-reliance and revives the feeling of authentic living with women's riding boots. Fierce and unapologetic, this groundbreaking and individual style has been reinvented from the ground up. The handcrafting process for Independent Boot Company's leather riding boots combines the best of natural leathers and practiced skill. The all-leather construction begins with a specially trained craftsman selecting the leather for the boot. Natural variation is prized for each style and makes every pair unique. To ensure the highest level of craft and style, every pair of tall boots is carefully inspected and finished by hand.
    $239.95  from Country Outfitter
  • Frye
    Inspire your riding style with the Carson Riding Button boot by Frye. ; Pull-on style boot with dual tabs for an easy entry and comfortable fit. ; Antique soft full grain leather upper. ; Scooped collar for added comfort and easier dismounts. ; Square panel at top is framed by tall pulls and securing brass button. ; Smooth leather lining for a comfortable environment. ; Lightly cushioned leather footbed for all day comfort. ; Long-lasting leather outsole. Measurements: ; Heel Height: 1 in ; Weight: 1 lb 7 oz ; Circumference: 15 in ; Shaft: 16 1 2 in ; Product measurements were taken using size 7.5, width B - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
    $229.99  from
  • Bella Vita
    Bella Vita Esa-Italy Tall Riding Boots Cognac Leather feature Moroccan leather upper with ornamental strap and buckle. Elastic goring on both sides at topline. Full length back zipper. Man made lining padded insole. Rubber composite outsole with an approximate 1 1/8 inch stacked heel. On a 9M, shaft height is 15 3/4 inches; shaft circumference is 15 23/64 inches. Also available in Narrow and Wide Widths.
    $224.99  from Boscov's
  • Charles David
    Charles David leather and plaid fabric riding boot. 1.5" stacked heel; 16"H shaft; 14.5" circ. Round toe. Curved topline. Wraparound buckle straps. Side zip eases dress. Lugged rubber outsole. Plaid, cotton/wool/polyester/nylon. "Pirella" is made in Italy.
    $250.00  from Lastcall
    With an adorable quilted pattern on back, these Harley riding boots are sure to be her favorite to wear over or under jeans. durable synthetic upper side metal zipper closure soft jersey fabric lining flat heel, low-shaft design metal buckle on ankle detail long-lasting rubber outsole
    $32.99  from JCPenney
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