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31 Genuinely Chic Ways to Shop Fall’s Western Boots Trend
My relationship with cowboy boots is nothing short of complicated. Having grown up in Nashville, the country music capital of the world, cowboy boots summon mental images of honky-tonking (country karaoke), tourism and a specific brand of bachelorette party. Often paired with sundresses, denim mini skirts or boot-cut jeans, cowboy boots have never skewed particularly fashionable—at least, not in the recesses of my mind.
But here we are. In 2019. And cowboy boots are officially en vogue.
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Sometime this year, Western clothing became the thing. Fringe-covered button-downs pervaded retailers. So did belts with huge buckles. And jackets fit for cowboys. Hemlines were frayed, pockets grew increasingly angular, and anything that could get embroidered or embellished did. Of course, the most obvious manifestation of this trend (at least, to my Tennessee-born-and-raised heart) was a widespread acceptance of cowboy boots—occasionally called Western bootsto fit the sartorial theme.
Western fashion—boots and all—took 2019’s affinity for maximalism and made it edgier, in a rustic kind of way. You know your leather jacket looks cooler covered in studs and fringe—just like you know those clunky Western boots you slipped your feet into can offer some much-needed weight to even the most delicate of outfits.
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There’s no denying it: Cowboy boots have gotten the fashion treatment—100 times over. And I’m still not sure how I feel about it.
But even given my dissonance, I have to admit: It’s pretty damn cool to see a once-symbol of country roots become transformed into a full-blown fashion must-have. Watching the classic cowboy boot silhouette get reiterated in myriad creative and colorful forms has been incredibly fascinating—enough to make me consider buying a pair (something I’d always sworn I’d never do).
I’m still not completely sold, so instead of shoppingshopping, I settled for a littlewindowshopping. And in the process, I gathered 31 of the most eye-catching pairs of “Western boots” around. Rest assured, these high-heeled, metallic and color-blocked beauties are far from what you’d find on the streets of downtown Nashville, but they’re fun to look at, just the same.
The easiest way to take an outfit from unassuming to edgy.
Palo Alto Western boot, 8 at
Yellow snakeskin with a wooden wedge heel? Unconventional, but undeniably cute.
Fendi croc-effect leather boot, ,190 at
Hot pink ankle boots with rustic details? We're sold.
Golden Goose Crosby leather ankle boots, 0 at
Off-white wants you to let everyone you pass know your boots are, quite literally, made for walking.
Off-White For Walking knee boots, ,290 at
Sheer subtle perfection.
Toga Pulla studded Western boots, 5 at
For what it's worth, these also come in black and silver.
AXE pointed Western boots, 0 at
The edgy AF accessory your favorite black-on-black ensemble is missing.
Tibi Dylan boots, 0 at
Shiny boots befitting any country star. (Or, you know, you.)
Kalda Lou boots, 5 at
Understated enough to wear with everything you already own.
Ganni Callie croc-effect ankle boots, 5 at
Your favorite floral maxi dress could use a little rustic-rock, don't you think?
Understated biker boot, 0 at
Surprisingly sleek. Undeniably stylish.
Tibi Dylan boots, 5 at
Juxtapose these with your favorite printed pieces, and you'll be maximizing in no time.
Zimmermann snake-effect ankle boot, 0 at
Because metallic pieces deserve a home in your wardrobe year-round.
Maison Margiela cowboy boots, ,195 at
Because animal prints, stars and watercolor dye jobs shouldn't have to be mutually exclusive.
Reach for the Stars ankle boot, 8 at
Sleek solid white juxtaposed with textured black snakeskin. We can't resist—can you?
Schutz two-tone Western boots, 0 at
Basically a standard cowboy boot, rendered a little sleeker.
Isabel Marant Lamsy Western boot, ,350 at
These dark, matte beauties are incredibly October-appropriate.
Toga Pulla AJ006 boots, 0 at
Nod to the cowboy boot trend without going all in.
Leather heeled ankle boots, 9 at
OK, these are just too dainty and cute to pass up.
Laurence Dacade Belen embroidered Western boots, 0 at
Pretty sure these would go with anything. A peasant dress, black jeans—anything.
Toga Pulla buckled cowboy boots, 8 at
Because boots that are a little pink are a lot more fun.
Sonora colorblock cowboy boots, 9 at
Go-go dancer meets cowgirl meets your closet.
Laurence Dacade Pete booties, 4 at
Woven for optimal breathability—and stylishness.
Open weave ankle boots, 9 at
These could skew super rustic or super contemporary, depending on what you're going for.
Golden Goose distressed-leather ankle boots, 7 at
Simple and incredibly sophisticated.
Frye Sacha Chelsea booties, 8 at
We ombré our hair—why not ombré our boots, too?
Golden Goose Kidman cowboy boot, ,080 at
Why shouldn't hot pink cow spot stilettos be on the menu?
Casadei blade cowboy boots, ,150 at
Wear white after Labor Day in the most on-trend way possible.
Helmut Lang tall cowboy boots, 5 at
Statement-making shoes that pay homage to the trend—without going overboard.
Embroidered leather cowboy ankle boots, 9 at
In case you're a traditionalist who prefers just a touchof contemporary.
MCQ Alexander McQueen Tammy boots, 5 at
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