This summer has certainly been a hot one. We’ve all bared the humidity and overcome the horrible temperatures. Now finally, women everywhere can begin packing up their swimsuits and sundresses and start looking forward to fall. One of the biggest trends of the season, and certainly our favorite here at Skinnymom, is boots! While we’d all love to indulge in the stylings of the season’s top designers, with school in session and kids’ needs in high demand, who has the extra cash? To help you stay on trend while still staying on your budget, we’ve put together a few fall “splurge vs. steal” looks we just know you’re going to love!

The ankle boot… Whether pairing with jeans for a casual look or adding a masculine twist to a feminine suit, the ankle boot is notorious for giving an outfit a much needed edge. If you’re ready for a splurge, we recommend these black patent leather Pierre Hardy boots for $815. If you’re in need of a steal, Charlotte Russe has these hot leopard boots for only $40.

The knee high wedge boot… The knee high wedge is a classic boot with a realistic twist; the wedge heel offers longer lasting comfort and far better support in icy weather than it’s stiletto counterpart. It can be paired with a skirt suit for a cozy fall look, or with jeans to add some flair. When it comes to a splurge, who could possibly do it better than the infamous Christian Louboutin? These knee high wedges will have you feeling like a queen in no time flat at $1895. If you’d prefer to look like a queen but spend like a pauper, try these knee high wedges from Aldo at only $179.

The riding boot… No need for a horse and saddle to rock this trending look. Pair these boots with skinny jeans and a jacket for a conservative look or slip them over some leggings and pair with a sweater for a look that’s all about fall. To splurge on this look, we suggest this patent leather number from Alexander McQueen at $785. To steal this look and still have some riding around cash, go for the profile riding boot by Franco Sarto for only $130.

The motorcycle boot… Few items add drama to a look like a tough pair of motorcycle boots. They complete a bad girl look when paired with skinny jeans and a leather jacket and add some tough girl finesse when paired with a fall dress. If you have the funds to splurge, check out this motorcycle boot by Fiorentini & Baker at $598. If a steal better suits your bad girl desire, then give this studded boot by Steve Madden a try for only $190.

Over the knee stiletto boot… Want to really heat things up this fall? Try slipping into a pair of over the knee stiletto boots. No matter what you pair them with, these boots are functional enough to keep you cozy even when wearing a skirt but sexy enough to leave him begging for your attention. If there were a boot to splurge on, this would be the one and no designer demands attention in an over the knee stiletto like Brian Atwood. You can get this sexy, suede pair for $1790. If you still want boots that make you look like you rule the world but prefer to limit your spending money, then we suggest these studded thigh highs from Charlotte Russe for only $46.

No matter what your footwear fancy is this fall, pick your poison (and your price range) and start stocking up before the season passes you by!