Summer’s pretty much over, so the optimal time to snag the best fall boots is now (same tip applies to autumnal jackets). Easily the hardest working piece of any fall wardrobe capsule, the perfect pair of boots anchors your outfit—so it’s easy to see why the most covetable pairs sell out quickly.
If designer runway collections such as Bottega Veneta and Stella McCartney were any indication, some of the top footwear trends are knee-high and thigh-high silhouettes. Shown in various iterations from skintight suede to slouchy leather, they are instant statement makers—and very wearable, too—as they were styled with skirts and dresses of every length. If you think about it, they’re actually pretty practical, since the leather will keep your legs warm and protected, with or without tights.
Other popular standbys such as dressy ankle booties, casual Chelsea boots, utilitarian lug soles, combat boots, and fashion cowboy boots still feel of-the-moment. The best part? They’re all extremely versatile wardrobe staples, smoothly transitioning between dresses, jeans, work outfits, and everything else in your closet. Plus, many feature comfortable attributes like cushioning and walkable block heels. Bottom line: There’s a boot for every need. With endless options available online, we rounded up the best fall boots at every budget to snag now.
Our top picks:
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