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Fall Boot Trends That Will Make You WANT Cold Weather

It’s official: Fall is coming. Put your summer sandals into storage and start dreaming about layers, textures, and chunky heels. Use this style guide to navigate the many boot trends you’ll be seeing in stores and online. It’s time to go boot shopping.

1. Wrap-Around

The wrap detail is a great way to emphasize your ankle, which is kind of like the waist of your lower leg — and who doesn’t want to emphasize their waist?  Minimal hardware (i.e. buckles) helps keep the look on the sleek side of casual, making these boots as versatile as they are trendy.

Clockwise from top: Brown Suede Leather Bootie with Braided Tassel, SCHUTZ SHOES, $280; Wrap-Around Leather Tie Bootie, TOPSHOP, $160; Metal Embellished Strap Mule Bootie, DOLCE VITA, $240; Dark Gray Strappy Bootie, MATERIAL GIRL (Available at Macy’s), $60


2. Urban Hiker

You can’t climb a real mountain in these boots, but they look totally cool, so who cares? They’re great with fall’s chunky, oversize sweaters and big, boxy jackets.

Clockwise from top: Shearling Trim Lace-Up Bootie, STUART WEITZMAN (Available at Saks Fifth Avenue), $498; Black Platform Shearling Bootie, COACH, $375; Lace-Up Combat Leather Bootie, GUESS, $111;  Rust Suede Heeled Bootie, SABRINA TACH (Available at Nasty Gal), $265


3. Glam-O-Rama

Sleek, slim, pointy, shiny, and embellished all at once (That is a mouthful!), these are the perfect nighttime statement boots. They look equally cool during the day with dark jeans, a T-shirt, and a leather moto jacket.

Clockwise from top: Stud-Embellished Black Bootie, ASOS, $108; Red Patent and Suede Stiletto, JEFFREY CAMPBELL, $190; Gold Ankle Boot, ZARA, $119; Black Studded Heeled Bootie, TOPSHOP, $190

4. Lace-Up

Lace-up boots can be kind of a hassle to get into but they are definitely worth the effort. Make sure the laces match the boots for a sleeker and more versatile appearance. Contrast laces, especially on tall boots, can be a lot of look.

Clockwise from top: Knee-High Gray Suede Boots, JEFFREY CAMPBELL, $255; Burgundy Bootie With Tassel, CYNTHIA VINCENT (Available at Shopbop), $275;  Navy Suede Ankle Bootie, BCBGENERATION (Available at Macy’s), $139; Lace Back Black Leather Heels, VIA SPIGA (Available at Bloomingdale’s), $595

5. Ass-Kicker

These chunky, flat, black boots are guaranteed to make you look like a total badass. They’re kind of ’90s-grunge-meets-Frankenstein, but in a good way.  Wear them with everything from pencil skirts to ripped black jeans, and then balance the look out with a boxy tough-girl jacket in leather or denim.

Clockwise from top: Black Platform Bootie, STEVE MADDEN, $150; ; Silver Studded Combat Boot, T.U.K. (Available at Nasty Gal), $125; Green Chelsea Bootie, DR. MARTENS, $140; Studded Ankle Booties With Laces, SAINT LAURENT (Available at Barneys New York), $1,400


6. Over-The-Knee

These super tall boots can make pretty much any outfit look ridiculously sexy, but they are especially great over skinny jeans, or with miniskirts and dresses that leave just a few inches of exposed leg between the hem and the boot.

Clockwise from top: Black Leather Stretch Suede Boot, STUART WEITZMAN, $798; Brown Suede Heeled Boot, TOPSHOP, $240; Navy Riding Boots, CHARLES & KEITH, $99; Gray Lace Back Heeled Boot, STEVE MADDEN, $150


7. Fringe

Fringe is one of the biggest trends of the year, and it’s on bags, jackets, skirts, and boots. Wear them with tucked-in skinny jeans or short skirts for maximum effect.

Clockwise from top: Rust Suede Bootie, CHINESE LAUNDRY (Available at, $169; Open-Toe Suede Booties, DOLCE VITA, $180; Gray Suede Fringe Bootie, VIA SPIGA (Available at Nordstrom), $350; Black Knee-High Fringe Boot, ZARA, $269







[via Cosmopolitan, images by Lauren Ahn]



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