One indisputable staple of a fall/winter wardrobe is a good sturdy black boot. What qualifies as a “normal” boot? Glad you asked. Something that you can wear five days of the week without drawing any comment. A normal boot is unfussy, sturdy, and versatile. Consider it the ole faithful of your closet. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities to showcase your personal style. Maybe you like a bulky combat boot, or maybe you want something sleek and high-heeled. Your boot companion of choice may be tall, ready to be dressed up with a long pleated skirt, or ankle-length and rugged. Below, 24 pairs that are perfectly, wonderfully normal.
Blundstone boots are somewhat of a cult-favorite Chelsea boot. They’re casual, heavy-duty, and comfortable enough to wear all day.
If you like something a bit chunky, and that can work for rain or shine, these are a good option.
The key design feature of this boot is the pointed toe. Which, if I remember correctly from watching What Not to Wear, means it’ll make your legs look longer.
A classic Chelsea shape at an affordable price.
A riding boot is a bit preppier than a Chelsea boot, but equally wearable if that’s your style.
R.M. Williams started out making boots for ranchers (so you know they’re durable). But the brand is now a favorite in Australia for its sleek, elegant designs.
Ah, Dr. Martens — a classic wardrobe staple for anyone who likes an edgier look.
This boot has just a touch of gold hardware. Not enough to be flashy, just enough to make it look more like a city shoe than a true riding shoe.
If you’re wearing a lot of wide-leg, cropped pants, boots with a higher shaft are your best bet for the winter. They’ll keep your ankles from freezing.
Fashion people love Acne’s well-made, supremely wearable boots.
These riding boots look a bit more cowboy than equestrian.
Frye makes a Chelsea boot that’s slightly more rugged than some of the other, sleek ones on this list. Don’t be afraid to bang them up a bit — they’ll look better with age.
These block heels will be a bit more comfortable than stilettos.
The Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots look classic even though they’re slightly over-the-knee. If you’re torn between wanting to look normal and loving drama, these are the boots for you.
The metal tab and thin black laces make this boot look like a hybrid between a hiking boot and a loafer — great for the menswear enthusiast.
The little bow in the back and a 3-inch heel make these boots undeniably feminine.
Whereas if you want a boot that feels like a men’s dress shoe, these are for you.
Common Projects’ signature gold serial number is the only design feature on this otherwise minimal pull-on boot.
This R.M. Williams boot is a bit more designed, with a western-inspired insignia on the front.
Christian Louboutin makes a casual leather boot with a rubber sole. Who knew?
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