As much as we're still partial to our leggings and sweatshirts, there's something about the fall season that never fails to inspire us out of a style rut. In 2020, that means putting on a "real outfit" — you know, one with real shoes. And if we're dressing from the feet up, we may as well start with the pièce de résistance: a really great pair of boots.
We tapped the style expertise of a few editors to show you exactly how far a pair of on-trend boots can take an outfit this fall. Better yet? They're all from Steve Madden, so you can easily afford to stand out. From lug sole boots that toughen up casual sweats to embellished boots that add a touch of bling to jeans, it’s clear the shoes make the outfit!
The Sophisticated White Boots
"I love the Davist Dress Booties from Steve Madden because they're the perfect year-round statement shoe."
Just like their black counterpart, white ankle boots are a wardrobe staple. But more so than black boots, white boots have the unique ability to dress up and stand out in any outfit. That's why editor Thelma turns to these leather boots to complete her looks. With the updated square toe, flared heel, and streamlined silhouette, they bring a sophisticated spin to anything you're wearing.
"There’s nothing like white boots and a San Junipero-inspired jumpsuit to make a womxn happy! I love the Davist Dress Booties from Steve Madden because they're the perfect year-round statement shoes. Everyone needs white boots in their wardrobe; they add the finishing touch to any outfit with minimal effort!"
The Trendy Lug Sole Boots
"These Steve Madden Dallas Boots are the perfect marriage between comfort and style."
Say hello to 2020's most coveted boots. With the chunky lug sole, mid height, and bold aesthetic, these platform boots are a whole mood. Senior fashion editor Stephanie loves wearing them to add a heavy dose of style (and edge) to her laid-back outfits.
"My feet are very happy that flat boots have made a comeback, and these Steve Madden Dallas Boots are the perfect marriage between comfort and style. I love how the bold, chunky design can toughen up anything, even a pair of sweats, and add that cool-girl vibe I'm always striving for. To balance out the edgy vibes of boots, I like opting for more delicate pieces, like a matching bolero and bralette combo, and gold jewelry."
The Elevated Everyday Boots
"I love how the snake effect on this Steve Madden Nix Booties makes them feel extra elevated."
If you're looking to add a pair of printed boots to your fall rotation, make it a snake print. With the neutral white and gray pattern and classic pointy-toe shape, these ankle boots are easy enough to wear everyday, while adding just the right amount of interest to your look. Follow fashion editor Kathleen's lead, and let the shoes speak for themselves alongside solid basics.
"I'm a big fan of white boots, and I love how the snake effect on this Steve Madden Nix Booties makes them feel extra elevated. Although they're neutral (and go with everything in my closet!), they stand out just enough to give jeans and a sweater a chic finish. I also love the heel height — it's definitely the type of shoe I can wear all day without worrying about discomfort."
The Sparkly Statement Boots
"I love that these Steve Madden Amulet Boots are the perfect balance of edgy and glam."
For a major style statement, look no further than a pair of embellished boots. Between the bejeweled ankle strap and the on-trend lug sole, these leather ankle boots are fun and fierce. Senior shop editor Macy knows she can count on them to take any outfit from zero to glam in an instant.
"I love that these Steve Madden Amulet Boots are the perfect balance of edgy and glam. I could just as easily wear them with my favorite fall midi dress as I can with a pair of jeans and cool leather jacket. All I need is to throw on a pair of gold hoops because these shoes are jewelry all on their own! Bonus points: the design is ridiculously comfortable."