Summer is only halfway over, and already our feet are protesting our collection of flimsy, sweaty, blister-inducing sandals. "There's gotta be a better way!" they scream every night, as we peel off our fill-in-the-blank-cheapo-brand whatevers. The better way is this: Wear boots. Oodles of edgy labels (Rachel Comey, Farylrobin, Opening Ceremony, etc.) have churned out lightweight, breathable, ankle-baring boots — perfect for pairing with cutoffs or cute rompers now, or with woolly socks and printed tights later. Click ahead to see a slideshow of our 23 favorite spins on the summer-boots trend.