The Ultimate Fall Boot Guide: Every Style, Every Price
To temper the dread of saying goodbye (for now) to your favorite pair of Summer sandals, we've gone ahead and mapped out your Fall footwear transition — starting with this season's must-wear boots.
Inspired by the trendsetting street style scene outside the Fall 2014 shows and tasked with shopping at every price point, we've compiled picks that represent the best of the burgeoning trends worth following. Translation: expect a healthy mix of shearling-lined, cutout-infused, lug-soled, over-the-knee, mod, and colorblock options. And while some Fall fare (we're looking at you, ankle boots) never fades from view, we love that designers took risks by fusing beloved styles with unexpected textures and hues, and in some cases overhauling them altogether. We'll let the boots — all 89 of them — speak for themselves. Shop accordingly. Source: Getty / 2014 Kirstin Sinclair
This is arguably the sexiest way to wear a tall boot, right? Not only have these over-the-knee iterations gotten the Fall-runway stamp of approval — thanks to Balenciaga, Alexander Wang, and Fendi — but they've also gained some serious street style cred. If you aren't ready to go the supersultry route, wear a flat pair with a miniskirt and slouchy sweater. Trust us: it's still a statement-making look.
The mod boot, most commonly associated with the '60s Chelsea silhouette, isn't going anywhere this Fall, and why should it? Valentino, Saint Laurent, and Gucci reminded us why this low-heeled option is a seasonal must, sending various takes on a revamped Chelsea boot down the runway.
Whether you opt for something a little more high impact (think metallic shine or animal print) or stick with a classic patent black pair, it's one of the easiest — and most stylish — you'll wear.
From the ankle to the heel, unexpected cutouts — and even some completely backless versions thrown into the mix — provide the perfect antidote to standard Fall boot fare. While slightly edgier and a little less insulating, the cutout boot adds instant intrigue to any outfit.
If you want the tough-girl effect, opt for a pair with chunky moto-inspired buckles and wear them with an equally cool leather jacket on top. If you want to temper the look with something sweeter, try a high-heel cutout bootie with a below-the-knee skirt and soft t-shirt.
Black and White
While the black-and-white boot is a shoe-in as the minimalist's dream color combo, it should also appeal to the girl who seeks a dramatic style statement. Between the stark contrast and modish reference, it certainly makes for a fun Fall boot option. Kenzo and Phillip Lim would agree.
Black and White
What's there to love about the lug — the thick rubber sole with deep indentations often found on construction boots — other than its trail of designer enthusiasts, among them Stuart Vevers of Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, and the boys of Rag & Bone? It offers up a more rugged take on footwear, not to mention a functional one. As in, you won't have to worry about those slick postrain sidewalks in these rubber-ridge-soled pairs.
When we say "textural," what we're referring to in boot speak are the pairs laden and lined with the fuzziest, furriest, and most-warmth-inducing details. From colorful fur to cozy shearling to luxe calf-hair finishes and Western fringe, these boots have a little something extra to offer their wearers.
Unlike the biker bootstraps we've grown to love in seasons past, these versions come all wrapped up in a different kind of strap situation. Seen on the runways at Louis Vuitton, Isabel Marant, and Salvatore Ferragamo, these strappy boots — from ballet-inspired wraparound details to Velcro multistraps to equestrian leather two-strap details — are the answer to your lace-up fatigue.