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The change of the seasons is best observed in the countryside. In March, I left New York City for Wisconsin, and soon after my arrival, the silver spruces started producing new, neon green leaves. Within weeks, there were suddenly garden yellow rockets and a smattering of small white flowers poking out from bush honeysuckle on my post-work walks. Most springs, I’m in the city, equally in awe of the flowering trees. But with city trees, you marvel briefly, maybe snapping a photo before moving on. Being immersed in spring’s growth this year felt different entirely, like a much-needed reprieve from the craziness of the world.
Now, trees are at their full fall glory, turning orange and red, and drawing crowds of observers. It seems that everyone can use some time immersed in the countryside no matter how short or long their visit. Photographer Landon Phillips recently spent some time in Adirondacks at a family cabin. He not only managed to capture summer turning into autumn, but also our favorite fall footwear.
As we reach for knits and shop for boots, we’re capturing the countryside in our wardrobes. This season, some of the best boots are the sturdy variety meant for time spent outdoors— think work boots, boots made from durable leather, and warm, shearling-lined iterations. They've even been given some high-fashion currency thanks to brands like Louis Vuitton, and Valentino who have incorporated the styles into their collections. These country boots are the ultimate fresh-off-the-runway fall pick-me-up that will keep you ready for the cold months ahead, no matter where the pile of leaves you're stomping through may be.Take a virtual trip to Phillip's Adirondack retreat and kickstart the autumn season with these pairs below.Photographed by Landon Phillips
The sleek Chelsea gets a rugged makeover, as this version is made from durable leather with thick stitching emblazoned at the toe.Photography by Landon Phillips
Gear up for long, cozy walks in these shearling-lined hikers by Brother Vellies and Valentino, whether you’re roaming through trails or city streets.Photographed by Landon Phillips
Jimmy Choo teamed up with Timberland to recreate their signature workboot, this time with a touch of diamanté.Photography by Landon Phillips
Louis Vuitton’s ultimate heavy-duty boot will carry you through fall all the way to the spring, and Chloe’s multi-paneled boots with a tall silhouette are an ideal companion for midi-dresses, to keep you covered in chilly temps.Photographed by Landon Phillips
Traverse the elements with ease in these sophisticated garden boots.Photographed by Landon PhillipsShop the edit:
Loro Piana Hyde ankle boots
Valentino Garavani VLogo shearling combat boots
Brother Vellies Alps boots
Louis Vuitton Slalom flat half boots
Tamara Mellon Hellbent mid-calf boots
Proenza Schouler platform boots
Blundstone Women's 1352 Chelsea boots
Heron Preston lace-up hiking boots
Ganni sporty hiking leather-and-suede ankle boots
Moncler Helis mixed-media hiking boots
Isabel Marant Alpica shearling-trimmed leather ankle boots
Filson x Danner combat hiker boots
Rag & Bone Scout wedge boots
Legres 16 College suede anke boots
Sam Edelman Tamia hiker booties