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30 of the Best Boots to Buy This Fall

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Some people call fall “sweater weather,” but really it’s “boot weather.” Boots are much more exciting than sweaters and can make or break an outfit much more efficiently. The fall 2019 runway shows pointed us toward six key trends: combat, animal print, knee-high, cowboy, platform, and Victorian. If you’re looking to get a new pair for this fall, here are five of each we’ve found. Tall or short, flat or sky high, there’s a perfect fall boot waiting for you.

Combat Boots

It’s not like combat boots are a new trend, but they’ve been having a moment recently. Prada put them on the runway paired with delicate, floral dresses, but they look equally good with jeans and a leather jacket — just as the punks intended them to be worn. Happy stomping.

Dr. Martens Women's Jagger Fashion Boot
Steve Madden Tornado Combat Boot
Michael Kors Haskell Combat Boot
Rag & Bone Women's Shiloh Hiker Boots
Prada Buckled Leather and Shell Platform Boots

Animal Print

Leopard print may still be king of the animal-print kingdom, but it’s had some competition recently. Cow print shined this summer, as did snakeskin and croc-effect leather. Pick your warrior.

Intentionally Blank PG Boot in Cow Print
Atelier by Vagabond Alison Pull-On Boot in Zebra
Steven Gail Booties
Cambridge Select Women's Closed Pointed Toe Low Kitten Heel Ankle Bootie
& Other Stories Wooden Heel Snake Ankle Boots

Below the Knee

And here we have the opposite of the combat boot. One of the top trends from fall 2019 was the revival of the bourgeois lady and her knee-high boots. Take styling cues from the new Celine and wear with a midi skirt (preferably pleated) and a tailored blazer.

Charles & Keith Knee High Heeled Boots
& Other Stories Gathered Slouch Leather Boots
Wandler Isa Tri-colour Square-Toe Leather Boots
Mango Croc-Effect Boots

Platform

If you’re a maximalist who is not afraid of the spotlight (or of being very tall), platform boots are for you. The style is reminiscent of the 1970s and all of its pop icons — David Bowie, Bianca Jagger, Stevie Nicks, the list goes on. Designers like Simon Miller and Gucci have offered a modern spin for this fall.

& Other Stories Suede Wooden Platform Boots
Nodaleto Bulla Corta Leather Mid-Calf Boots
Low Raid Leather Platform Ankle Boots
Jeffrey Campbell Widow Platform Boot
Free People Friday Night Platform Boot

Cowboy Boots

If you’re balking (still?) at the idea of wearing cowboy boots, take a deep breath. There are modern versions that look more like something Lil Nas X or Kacey Musgraves would wear, rather than John Wayne.

Isabel Marant Lamsy Leather Mid-Calf Boots
Sigerson Morrison Taima Western Boot
Ganni High Texas Embroidered Leather Boots
Brother Vellies Las Lunas Atlas Boot
Jeffrey Campbell Dagget Western Boot

Victorian

Victoriana can easily look costume-y. But Victorian-style lace-up boots are a perfect way to inject your wardrobe with the trend without looking like an extra in a period piece. Get them in a zippy color like red or a fun animal print, and you’ve got a boot that would look great with some frilly dresses.

By Far Becca Glossed Croc-Effect Leather Ankle Boots
Diane Von Furstenberg Dakota Lace-Up Bootie
Labucq Jil Black Patent
Sol Sana Eleanor II Boots
Tabitha Simmons Zora Leather Lace-up Boots

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30 of the Best Boots to Buy This Fall