Forget sweater weather – fall is all about those fabulous boots that have been sequestered to the back of your closet for the past 5 months. It’s time to dust those suckers off – or better yet, welcome boot season with a fresh new pair.
I’ve mapped out the top 5 styles that dominated the runway this season and need a home in the front row of your closet. While footwear can be a bit of a splurge, keep in mind they ground even the simplest of outfits, making a tee shirt and jeans feel elevated. What’s more, the fashion gods have been kind to our budgets as of late by making styles once reserved for sleet and snow also appropriate for the sunniest of days. Think knee high and combat boots. They go just as well with a floral dress as they do over denim and a puffer. Come winter or spring, you’re still in step. So, it’s time to let your Carrie Bradshaw flag wave—who needs to use an oven when it can store shoe boxes?
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Ranch hands need not apply. If Isabel Marant, Calvin Klein, and Fendi are sending western wear down the catwalk, you know it’s kosher. Look for boots with a bit of edge – think black, white, or python leather and thick soles. Ankle or knee highs are right on trend. Avoid the classic brown suede or leather, as that reads to literal.
A pointed toe, thin heal, and ankle height nail this trend. My favorites come in suede and bold colors – think cheery red, white leather, or even snakeskin. Of course, black with go with basically any look. Their perfect union is with denim or midi dresses.
Last season it was the over-the-knee, this year it is right to the knee. Pair under midi dresses and skirts for the freshest silhouette. The 60s inspired go-go feels new or if that brings up too many memories, opt for a sleek pointed toe with a block heel. Keep the shaft loose and structured. Tight knee boots or overly slouched versions feel too early 2000s. Balenciaga, Dior, Rochas, Zimmerman, & Tibi have some great inspo.
Chelsea boots haven’t gone anywhere and aren’t going anywhere in the foreseeable future. This season, they are going one of two ways. Either uber chic with slanted block heels in luxe fabrications like snakeskin and rich leather, or, they are taking on a more unisex feel. Think: if your husband/boyfriend/brother could pull these off, then you can too. Look for lug soles with a polished detail.
The combat boot is literally everywhere right now, from lace-ups to backpacker chic vibes. An unexpected pairing is the best way to style these bad boys. Think a floaty floral or silk dress paired back to a leather jacket or blazer. The combat boot is so comfortable, you’ll never want to take them off. Pro tip: the newest iteration is a massively thick heel.