When summer begins fading into fall and hot days are replaced with the crisp, cool ones, fashion choices get to be adjusted—and one of the most exciting is breaking out fall boots.
Boot season is highly anticipated for a reason. They bring an extra touch of style to every outfit they’re paired with, are versatile, and feel like they capture the essence of fall in one fell swoop.
We tend to see similar boot styles be in season year after year (their trends aren’t as ever-changing as other footwear), but as always, certain styles, colors, and textures are at the forefront of the fall 2021 season—and they’re good. Looking to decide which boots to bust out of your storage bin or which ones deserve to be added to your cart? Theses are the five best boot trends of 2021.
Structured knee-high boots
With over-the-knee boots being things of the past, structured, knee-high boots are the boot of the season. With anything from skinny jeans tucked into them to a maxi dress, they’re versatile and streamline any look.
Your knee-high boots can take a variety of forms, from ultra-feminine ones with a kitten heel to ones with a flat, chunky lug-sole (which doubles as hitting two 2021 trends at once).
‘Tis the season of chunky, androgynous boots, and we aren’t mad about it. Lug-sole boots are the epitome of chic, effortless style, and can give a totally different feel based on how you style them. Pairing them with a graphic tee and distressed jeans gives a totally different vibe than with a turtleneck and skinny jeans, but both are equally as cute.
We never thought we’d be wearing cowboy boots anywhere other than a country concert, but this season has changed our opinion on the matter. Western and cowboy-style boots are both some of the hottest of the season, and when styled, do all of the talking without much effort. Throw them on with a dress or a pair of jeans and a tee for a Princess Diana-esque look you’ll turn to again and again.
There’s nothing we love more than a practical trend, and weatherproof boots are at the top of that list. With waterproof boots of all styles making their way onto the scene in addition to rubberized, rainboot-style boots, these really were made for walking (even through puddles, if it comes to it).
Classic black boots
A pair of classic black boots are a must in your fall wardrobe. They can easily dress up any outfit without putting in the extra effort, and are considered timeless for a reason. If you don’t have a pair y You deserve a pair of shoes that make you feel this fabulous.
The key to making your black boots feel fresh? Styling them in a new way. Try them out with this season’s knit vest trend (bonus points if you wear one over a shirt dress).