From Kinky Boots to Nancy Sinatra’s boots made for walkin’, there’s no doubt a-boot it that this beloved shoe holds a special place in our hearts. At the first thermometer tick of anything below 60 degrees, Fashionistas everywhere kick their sandals to the curb (quite literally) to relish in smooth, knee-high leather, decadent fringe or kick-butt cactus kickers. Over the past few seasons, we’ve seen it all: the cringe-worthy Peter Pan boot, the embarrassingly comfortable UGG, the ankle bootie, the mid-calf boot, the knee-high boot and now the woman of the hour…the over-the-knee boot.

We’ve seen them in every magazine and street style blog, on Kim Kardashian and even on Puss-in-Boots! The perfect addition to a button-front skirt or over-sized sweater dress, over-the-knee-boots have it all…including an $800 price tag for a pair of Stuart Weitzman’s. As a Fashionista on a budget, (read: currently paying my parking meter in nickels) dropping multiple hundies on a pair of boots is anything but bootie-ful. If you’re in the same boat, take a hint from this Fashionista: put your own spin on the bank-draining over-the-knee boot trend and opt for some thigh high socks instead. You get the same sultry, leg slimming effect without making your wallet cry!

How To:  Into it? Mix your favorite swingy mini dress with fun over-the-knee socks, slip into your go-to booties, and treat yourself with that extra cash. Go even sleeker with a monochromatic look, pairing black knee socks with an LBD and funky black boots. Throw on some edgy jewels like this Fashionista’s simple bar necklace, keep your hair and makeup simple and let you’re gams do the talkin’ and the walkin’.