Now that fall is in full swing, and winter is on its way, we all know the one thing we must drop some money soon, if we haven’t already, is a new pair of boots. No matter whether you’re more into high-highs, ankle booties, combat boots, or block heels, there’s something out there for everyone this season. Of course, that’s not to say that you need to pick just one! We’ve found some of the best boots in every style that you can get for under $200, so you can justify going all out. Find your perfect pair here, and who knows, maybe you’ll get an even better deal for Cyber Monday and you can avoid any buyer’s remorse!
& Other Stories Houndstooth Elastic Leather Boots
A new take on the classic black leather bootie that every woman has come to have in her closet, this boot from & Other Stories puts a splash of color without going over the top. This very autumn-esque yellow pattern will go well with all the fall colors that you’ve accumulated in your wardrobe. Aside from being fashionable, the heel on these isn’t too high and they easily slip on and off, making them a comfortable option as well. Get them for just $179.
Charles & Keith Block-Heel Western Boots
We all need a good cowboy boot in our closet, and there’s really none more fashionable and affordable than this option. At only $86, these really are a steal! Plus, the sleek, dark brown will go perfectly with those chunky fall sweaters and cute jackets you’ve by no doubt stocked up on by now. There’s a fine line between a boot looking to Western, making you feel like a cowgirl, and being fashionable, and this boot definitely makes the cut.
Raye x Stone Cold Fox Austin Boots
At $198, these just make the cut for this list. However, we had to include them, given the rising popularity of thigh-high heeled boots thanks to our favorite celeb, Ariana Grande. Whether you’re following her example and wearing them with a large hoodie, or slipping them on for a night out on the town, you can’t go wrong with these stylish shoes.
40+ Times People Didn’t Get the Response They Were Hoping For
Getting rejected is a kind of rite of passage in life, and we all go through it at some point. Before the age of smartphones and instant messaging services, rejections happened in person, which made them far more brutal and embarrassing. These days, we have the privilege — if you can call it that — of rejecting and getting rejected over the phone, which does take some of the sting away. However, in the age of the internet, our rejections can be seen by millions of people around the world. Let’s take a look at some of the best and worst phone rejections of all time.
This End to a Friendship
High school can be a treacherous environment. Every student seems to be out for each other’s throats, and friendships are formed and destroyed in seconds.
This person was apparently quite hurt that their friend didn’t greet them when they walked past each other — even though the one who did the rejecting was on the phone at the time! This is a prime example of how vicious high-schoolers can be.
This Sudden Shift in Conversation
It’s hard to convey emotions effectively over text, but these people seem to do it quite well. The confusing part of this text exchange is how the conversation suddenly shifts from being lighthearted and fun to super serious and sullen.
But, this is a great example of how getting rejected over text can be much easier than in person — you can keep your composure when all the other person has to see are your words.
This “Breakup on Behalf”
If there’s one thing worse than getting rejected by your crush personally, it’s having your crush’s friend reject you on their behalf. This image is an example of that, and while this is a pretty soul-crushing thing to happen, the person on the receiving end handled it quite well.
Well, other than their self-pity, but we’re all allowed to feel sorry for ourselves every now and then. Luckily, they have someone to talk to about their problems.
This Person Who Was Replaced
We all want to feel like we’re somebody’s first choice, but for some of us, that feeling is a difficult luxury to come by — case in point, this screenshot of someone being let down.
It seemed like they were super excited to get to hang out with the person on the other side of the chat, but that gal wasn’t so eager to do the same.
This Case of “Wrong Time, Wrong Place”
Have you ever met someone who you really connected with and felt like you could have been happy with, only for one of you to break things off because of your conflicting schedules?
If you have, then you can probably understand what’s going on in this image. The person in gray was super graceful about rejecting the blue, and the blue was even more composed. Props to both!
This Text Sent to the Wrong Person
We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve sent a text to the wrong person. It’s super easy to do this, especially if your phone’s address book has more than one person with the same name.
Shannon was on the receiving end of a wrong text, and we can practically feel the disappointment through the screen. Being invited only to then to get uninvited is never an enjoyable experience.
This Couple Whose Stars Didn’t Align
Sure — astrology can be super fun to learn about, and it can be interesting to read about the supposed personality traits and qualities your star sign possesses, but some people take it a little too far.
Here’s a prime example. Dan went on what seems to be a pretty good date, only to have his date reject him because of his star sign. Yikes! We wonder if he ever got his $42 back.
This Rejection by Rhyme
Not all rejections have to be super tragic and heartbreaking. Sometimes, they can even be a little humorous, like this one. The person in gray started off with a pretty solid pickup line, but whoever they were messaging was clearly not interested.
The result was a hilarious rejection in the form of a rhyme. Take notes, everyone — this could come in handy the next time you need to let someone go.
This Dinner Date That Became a Dinner Hangout
When planning to meet up with someone, it’s important to make sure that you’re both on the same page about the details of the plans. These people clearly didn’t do that and so, they ended up in this awkward situation.
If you want to go on a date with someone, you have to make sure that you specify to them that it’s a date! Or they might get the wrong idea, as proven here.
This Person Who Wanted to Get Back With Their Ex
Getting back together with your ex is not an uncommon phenomenon, and it can sometimes work out for the better. However, you both have to want to get back with one another, otherwise, things are going to get messy all over again.
Here we see one person who wants nothing more than to be with their ex, but their ex has… other ideas. Shame. Sometimes it’s better to leave the past in the past.
This Rejection Via Bitmoji
Snapchat’s Bitmojis can be a way to communicate without having to type a single word, and you can convey pretty much any message you want with them. This person wanted to know if their ex was still interested in them but didn’t get the response they were hoping for.
The next time you get an uncomfortable message from someone, instead of typing up a response, just send them a Bitmoji and call it a day.
This Accidental Text
One of the biggest texting mistakes you can make is taking a screenshot of your chat with someone and then sending that same person the screenshot.
Not only does it let that person know that you’re talking about them to someone else, but it also reveals that you don’t take them seriously. This person had to live that fear and rejected the blue texter in the process.
This Indirect Rejection
Private Snapchat stories are a way for you to share stories with just a few of those friends, but that doesn’t guarantee that those stories won’t find their way to other people.
This conversation proves just that when this girl posted a story asking for a way out of a date that she didn’t want to go on. The story was screenshotted and sent to her supposed date, which must have been crushing for both parties.
This Accidental Call
Getting a call from your friend or your crush can be thrilling, especially if you love talking to them. Missing that call can feel like a big deal, and you naturally want to call them back. This person wanted to call Lily back, but she had some other ideas.
Hey, you have to give her credit for at least being honest and upfront — it saved them both time that would have otherwise been spent on a useless call.
Getting rejected can be super embarrassing. You naturally want to save any last shred of dignity you might have, and some people do that by making excuses.
When the texter on the left got rejected by their apparent crush, they decided to attempt to save face by using the same excuse the texter on the right used. Do you think it worked?
This Straightforward Rejection
Being open and honest is the key to any successful relationship, romantic or otherwise. But, there is such a thing as being a little too honest, as proven here. The gray texter clearly does feel something for the blue texter, but it’s probably not what the person in blue was hoping for.
Still, it’s a feeling! When it’s that late at night, the truth does tend to come out more easily, so this response isn’t that surprising.
This Awkward Exchange
Sometimes rejections are unintentional, but even an unintentional rejection is a rejection. We’ve all been in this situation — maybe not exactly like this — where we get a text from an unsaved number that has some pretty intense information.
There’s really nothing else you can do other than pose the age-old question, “Who is this?” That doesn’t sound like a rejection, but in this context, it most certainly was.
This Fake-Number Fail
One way to appease someone you don’t want to give your number to but insists that you do, is to provide them with a fake number — like one to a restaurant or business, or just a completely made-up number. Clearly, Camryn didn’t have any fake numbers on standby, so she ended up giving this person her real number.
Then, when he messaged her, she pretended it was fake. Well, that failed when she texted the same guy a year later regarding a group project.
This “Ouch” Moment
It takes a lot of bravery to shoot your shot with someone that you’re interested in, but you also have to be brave enough to know that there’s always a possibility of you being rejected.
This person was courageous enough to take a chance with someone. Unfortunately, they were rejected in a really horrible way. They took it with grace, though, and we applaud them for that. Still… ouch.
This Happy(?) Moment
Breaking off a relationship is hardly ever an easy thing to do, and it’s rarely ever a cause for celebration. Apparently, for this person, they thought that sending confetti with their breakup message would be a good idea.
But, judging by the response, that couldn’t have been a worse idea. The confetti looks cool, though! Just, maybe not in this context. Or any other context that isn’t an explicit celebration…
This Emotional Reveal That Didn’t Go as Planned
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and when the youth of today doesn’t know what to say, they can always resort to a meme to convey their message. It often works but sometimes, the meme is misinterpreted, as is the case with this conversation.
At least the other person got a meme to send to their crush out of it! Though they could have definitely been a little more graceful with their response.
This Rejection Without Words
We all have insecurities regarding our appearances, and there’s nothing worse than someone telling you — whether directly or indirectly — that you aren’t attractive. This person took their shot with Lucy.
And when Lucy wanted to know what they looked like, she clearly wasn’t that smitten with what she saw and so, she promptly unfriended the other person. That hurts. Hopefully, they can find someone less superficial who will appreciate them for more than just their looks!
This Unfortunate Desperation
Desperation is not a good look on anybody. No matter how much you try to hide it when you’re desperate, people will always be able to tell.
This person wanted to know the other’s feelings without asking themselves, so they did so under the guise that their friend wanted to know. They clearly didn’t get the response they were looking for, so they quickly changed the subject.
This Mistaken Identity
This picture really speaks for itself, probably because it’s a screenshot of a text conversation that you can read and understand without our explanation. Probably. Anyway, we’ve all been in a similar situation — you receive a message from someone you like talking to, only to realize that it’s not the person you thought.
This naturally leads to disappointment. This person wasn’t afraid to put their disappointment on display, and you can practically feel the pain of the blue texter.
This Prank in the Name of Content
TikTok has taken the world by storm, and some of the most popular videos on the app involve sending prank texts to friends and exes. This person was on the receiving end of one such prank text.
And when the white texter “revealed that they liked them,” the person in gray revealed that they’ve had a crush on the white texter for years. Sadly, it was all a prank, and we can only imagine how devastated the gray texter must have felt.
This Case of Brutal Honesty
Everyone deserves to feel sorry for themselves, but sometimes it’s best to do so in private or in the company of close friends and family. Sending a self-pitying text to a potential romantic interest is never a good idea.
This is especially the case if you haven’t been talking to them for that long, and especially — especially — if they’ve just rejected you. It’s never going to end well, as is proven by this brief but brutal exchange.
This Drinking Game Prank
Here we have another case of a prank gone wrong. Drinking games can be super fun, but some of the dares they have you do take things too far. A popular dare is to send a romantic text to one of your exes, which rarely ever ends well.
Unfortunately, the blue texter still had feelings for the gray texter, only to find out that it was all part of a drinking game. The pain is real.
This Outright Roast
This is another example of getting out of an awkward situation by giving someone a fake phone number. Kim decided to dish out a random number, which actually turned out to belong to someone.
When the so-called weirdo sent a text, they were met with a less-than-warm response. Kim didn’t even have to do any rejecting — this stranger did it all for her. That sounds like a bargain, for Kim, of course.
This Flirting Fail
Flirting is a delicate art that can be difficult to get the hang of, and flirting over text is even more challenging. This exchange is proof. This person paid the other a lovely compliment and was clearly expecting one in return, but that didn’t go according to plan.
Still, you have to commend his courage — had the other person been interested, things might have gone a little differently.
This Pickup Line Gone Wrong
As cheesy as they are, pickup lines can be a great way to get the conversation flowing, especially if they’re funny. We thought that this pickup line was great, but apparently, not everyone feels that way.
But, that’s the thing with cheesy pickup lines — they’re hit or miss, and this time, it was a definite miss. Better luck next time!
This Pickup Line Rejection
Who would have thought that you could use a pickup line to reject someone? Not us, that’s for sure. Here we have an example of just that. The person in blue started the conversation off with a pretty smooth pickup line, which was apparently received well.
That is until the person they were texting had their turn and completely shut the blue texter down. There’s really no recovering from that.
This Matching Mistake
As we’ve already said, honesty is the best policy, but there is such a thing as being too honest. This image is a classic example of that.
Instead of beating around the bush, this person went straight in for the kill, letting the other know that their match was a complete mistake and that there was no chance of anything coming from their conversation. A rejection, short and sweet.
This Not-So-Subtle Hint
When you’re rejecting someone, getting straight to the point is the best gift you can give them and yourself. Beating around the bush is only going to drag things out and make the situation more complicated, so take a leaf from this person’s book.
To let the other person know that they aren’t interested, they played their game. We guess the blue texter won? But, in the case of rejection, are there really any winners?
Some people need some extra clarification when it comes to rejection, as is the case with this text exchange. After the gray texter said they couldn’t be friends with a girl who constantly “shuts them down,” the blue texter — presumably the girl doing the shutting down — decided that they wouldn’t talk anymore.
For some reason, that was confusing to the gray texter. Good thing she cleared it up. And we get an awkward chuckle from the response.
This Group Rejection
Group chats are a great place for you to talk to all of your friends at once. They can be especially useful if you’re going through a hard time and want the people closest to you to offer some comfort.
This person wanted just that but unfortunately didn’t get it. After they reached out to their friends in the group chat, they didn’t get a single response. Some ‘friends’ those are. You deserve better!
This Savage Interviewer
We all know how absolutely stressful job interviews are, and we all want to do our best in them to secure the position. Megan apparently didn’t do so well at hers.
And from what we can tell, she seems to overuse the word “like,” which can be pretty frustrating to anyone talking to her, especially potential employers. Better luck next time, Megan! There are plenty of fish in the sea.
This Rejection by Knock-Knock Joke
Who doesn’t like a good knock-knock joke? Well, probably anyone when the joke is also used as a means of rejection. But, in all honesty, we think that using such a classic joke format to dish out some hard-to-hear information is pretty genius.
So, we can’t really blame the gray texter here. You’ve got to read everything in this screenshot for the exchange to make sense!
This Sad April Fools Attempt
The only thing that could make this exchange sadder than it already is is if it happened on a day that wasn’t the 1st of April. But honestly, April Fools is a great time to shoot your shot since, if you get rejected, you can just play it off as a prank.
This person had the right idea, but they didn’t handle the rejection super well, which gave away their true feelings. Yikes.
This Brutal Comeback
Here we have yet another pickup line fail. At this rate, people should just stop using pickup lines altogether. Clearly, they aren’t as effective as they used to be if they ever were even effective in the first place.
This brief exchange is another classic example of the many ways that your favorite pickup lines can fail, so think twice before you send that cheesy message. You might not get the response you were hoping for.
These People Who Just Get Each Other… Kinda
Searching for sympathy and reassurance in someone else, especially someone you are close with, is totally natural and can really help when you’re feeling down.
Some people, however, just seem incapable of providing the reassurance we need, as is proven in this screenshot. On the bright side, these people are clearly close enough to finish each other’s sentences, so that has to count for something.
This Ex Who Just Wants to Forget
When you have a messy breakup, one of the things you want to do most is just forget about your ex. Sometimes, that’s pretty difficult to do, especially if your ex still has your number.
When they randomly hit you up asking to go out, you have no choice but to reject them. Hopefully, if you’re ever in this situation, your ex takes the rejection better.
This Person Who Isn’t Having It
Getting texts from exes in the early hours of the morning is never a good thing, and they’re hardly ever family-friendly or affectionate.
This person has clearly been in this situation one too many times and knew exactly how to deal with it. Take notes in case this ever happens to you!
This Person Who Just Wants to Be Left Alone
Some people just don’t get the hint that you want them to stay away from you, so you’ve got to spell it out for them in unconventional ways.
This exchange is proof, and you should definitely steal that message when you want someone to stop talking to you.