Fall's 5 Biggest Boot Trends Are So Comfy, They'll Give Your Slippers a Run For Their Money

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Isn't it nice to know that the fashion gods kept your comfort in mind when they settled on fall 2020's lineup of boot trends? It seems like past season styles — the kitten heel '80s boot, the knee-high stiletto, and the ultra-thin, pointed-toe, just to name a few — have been refreshed with function in mind. The most versatile boot here does have a heel, but it comes with a square toe and a thick sole — it's a new take on the classic leather ankle boot, but with a reinvigorating shape you'll really like.

Then there are the functional hiking boots and Chelsea boots that'll keep your feet snug for long walks or, sure, even an actual hike. If you prefer knee-high, you're looking at a flat, lug sole that hugs the calf and looks great with an oversize blazer or hoodie, so you'll have fun playing with proportions. The most thrilling of them all is the '90s platform boot, for the days you want to channel your inner Spice Girl and add some height, but still seek a foundation of a solid platform. You'll notice that all of these silhouettes have something in common: it's all about the sole. If you're already set on a pair, jump ahead to the category you want to shop, or scroll through all our favorite styles one by one.

Fall 2020 Boot Trend: Chunky Chelsea Boots

Fall 2020 Boot Trend: Chunky Chelsea Boots

The chunky Chelsea boot is easy for your throw-on-and-go looks — the stretch sides make them easy to pull on and off – but these are elevated with a '90s-style platform this season, making them a step above the ordinary suede or leather ankle boot you used to wear with a pointed toe. They make any look instantly appear more functional and tough.

& Other Stories Chunky Leather Chelsea Boots ($179)

Fall 2020 Boot Trend: Hiking Boots

Fall 2020 Boot Trend: Hiking Boots

While your combat boots are still totally cool, the effect of a lace-up, weather-resistant hiking boot means you're ready to face anything in your way, and surprisingly, it lends your tailored workwear an elevated, sporty touch — especially when you choose neutrals that blend in with the rest of your ensemble. We recommend searching for a mixed-textured pair that gives your look a little more dimension.

Mango Contrasting Mountain Boots ($130)

Fall 2020 Boot Trend: Square-Toe Ankle Boots

Fall 2020 Boot Trend: Square-Toe Ankle Boots

A prim and proper square-toe boot is perhaps the most versatile trend of the season. It'll polish off all your minidresses, long coats, and denim — and there's no lack of colors available if you like to take a walk on the wild side. Or, maybe you'll approach this silhouette with a "collect them all" mentality, choosing one neutral, and one vibrant statement shoe. We recommend the ankle height when it comes to this toe shape, so that these can really go with everything in your closet. Plus, you can show off a little leg.

Brother Vellies Lauryn Boot in Whiskey ($795)

Fall 2020 Boot Trend: Tall Lug Sole Boots

Fall 2020 Boot Trend: Tall Lug Sole Boots

Think of the knee-high lug sole boot as a more elevated take on your rain boots — especially because a lot of these come in slick leather with impressive stitching or patent sheens. It's nice that we're seeing a more relaxed version of the knee-high this season, whereas last fall was more about the '80s-boot with a kitten heel in slouchy leather that felt more luxe. These will be easier to get around in, and look great with boxy, oversize silhouettes.

Zara Low Heel Rubberized Boots ($80)

Fall 2020 Boot Trend: '90s Platform Boots

Fall 2020 Boot Trend: '90s Platform Boots

Think of these as the iconic boots the Spice Girls made famous in the '90s. You'd probably want to wear them to elevate your edgier look, and clearly they're a major leg lengthener. If there's one bold boot of fall 2020, it's this major silhouette, and Scary Spice would be proud.

Simon Miller High Raid Boot ($670)