After realizing that the boots I tried last night are not going to cut it for my style, I poked around a bit online to see if anything grabbed me. I don't know if it's too early in the season, or it's just me, but I really don't see anything interesting in the tall boot category that isn't a) really casual and not terribly sleek or refined b) or if it's sleek and refined it either is too conservative or it has a 4" heel c) or it's gorgeous but $1200.

Any recommendations? I feel like tall boots are particularly hard to evaluate online.