Although they understandably have a decidedly wintery connotation, boots aren’t limited to the coldest periods of the year. Given that some of the most appealing options involve open toes, prints, and other eye-catching details that wouldn’t really do much to warm you up, it only makes sense to keep them in mind for the remainder of the year, too.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up five incredible boot styles destined to elevate your wardrobe to new heights—and if you happen to have a flair for experimentation, you’ll love the wild variety currently dominating our sartorial senses.
1. Cowboy Boots
Western-inspired boots made a splash during New York Fashion Week, when designers celebrated the famed style as a springtime essential for 2019. It came, too, in the most unexpected forms: worn with everything from floral frocks to studded jeans, the clearly versatile shoe proved its worth in countless ways.
The modern iteration offers a decidedly more polished take on the silhouette, with elements like square shapes, lace overlays, steel-toe caps, and elasticized panels improving everything from fit to appearance. Whether you’re wearing them with a prairie dress or a sizzling mini skirt, you can trust your cowboy boots to make quite a statement.
Sartore western heeled boots - Red
Alberta Ferretti two-tone Western boots - Pink
Isaac Sellam Experience western boots - Black
Alberto Fasciani western style boots - Brown
Rocco P. western heeled boots - Brown
Jeffrey Campbell Calvera Western Boots
2. Combat Boots
Whether you were immersed in the 1980s punk pack or a proud member of the 1990s grunge scene, chances are you owned a pair of combat boots at some stage.
Although the style never truly left, it’s returned with a fierce stomp—a clear sign that the badass shoe with tough-girl vibes is anything but a flash in the pan. How could it be, when the OG combats from Dr. Martens made their debut way back in 1947?
Use yours to balance a too-sweet dress or with a lean coat and tights on brisk days. Don’t shy away from details, as it’s those unexpected touches—floral prints, studs galore, and vibrant colors—that make them so very current.
3. Slouchy Boots
A little slouch doesn’t make you sloppy—it means you’re right on-trend with a look that was everything in the aforementioned ‘80s and at various periods of the 2000s.
The difference? They’re far more adaptable this time around. In abundant styles that run the gamut from solid to patterned and short to long, there are dozens of interpretations of this look. Easing into it is easy when you stick with a medium-profile shaft and a neutral hue. Even the subtlest slouch nods briefly to the trend by relaxing the silhouette and making it a more suitable option for denim leggings or airy dresses.
4. Ankle Boots
Once more the trusty shoe you wore in lieu of ballet flats on brisk days, ankle boots have far more cachet in 2019. It’s a shoe with serious staying power—the kind of footwear you’re glad you own in black and gray but wouldn’t mind flirting with in other variations, either.
5. OTK Boots
It’s safe to presume that, yes, your over-the-knee boots from 2011 are still 100% wearable, chic, and welcome. Why ditch something that is just as relevant today and shows no signs of waning?
It’s natural to wear them with leggings, a structured blazer, and a few statement necklaces to make a polished entrance. You could also do the cool-girl (that’s you) thing and wear them with short shorts and a fuzzy coat if you’re feeling a little funky. Or stick with the tried-and-true and pair them with a short skirt for maximum impact.