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By Caitlin Burnett
And just like that, fall is here and boot season is upon us once again! Fall is the best season for fashion thanks to layering, outerwear, knit textures, cozy accessories, and of course, boots. Today we’re here to focus on the specific boot trends that will define fall 2021. This past spring designers like Celine, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, and Isabel Marant sent models down the runway in a few standout boot silhouettes that will become the key trends for this season.
An of-the-moment pair of boots can make your outfit feel instantly modern (and the fall weather much more fun), so investing in a good pair at the beginning of the season is a smart purchase. From chunky soles to modern cowboy styles, these are the four major boot trends to have on your radar this fall.
Keep reading for the 4 fall boot trends that are about to be huge.
Thick, rubber soled boots have been trending for a few seasons now and show zero signs of slowing down. And because of their steady rise in popularity, you can consider them a foolproof investment—they’re basically a wardrobe staple at this point. Whether paired with a feminine dress or all-black outfit, the chunky soles give any look an edgy flare instantly. Designers across the board are offering iterations in varying colors, textures, and shaft heights, so you can find the exact right pair to add to your wardrobe on any budget.
While knee-high boots aren’t exactly groundbreaking, they’re poised to be as popular as ever this fall. Like most things in fashion, their popularity ebbs and flows—and it will be reaching new levels for 2021. But it’s not just any old knee-high boots, fall ‘21 will be all about sleek, fitted, sexy styles that hug the leg just right. This ‘90s-inspired style feels both retro and modern at the same time. These boots perfectly complement dresses and skirts of all lengths so the outfit options are endless.
Think cowboy boots with a modern twist—2021’s version features a more polished silhouette with touches of western flare. Prepare to see cool suede and leather versions from designers across the board, both equally chic and on-trend for fall. Designers like Isabel Marant and Saint Laurent were championing the trend on the runways and now it’s trickled down into all of your favorite brands and stores, giving you the choice of a designer splurge or a high-street bargain. The modern western boot trend is one of the more versatile ones, so pair yours with everything from jeans to dresses to trousers and watch the compliments pour in.
Exaggerated, knife-point toes are showing up on boots of all colors, materials, and heights. The sharp toe provides a sophisticated edginess to any boot silhouette and is guaranteed to do the same for your outfit. We have designers like Balmain and Khaite to thank for this trend, but virtually every other brand has hopped on board and presented their own unique takes on the style. It’s the most directional of all the fall 2021 boot trends but is surprisingly wearable—just style them as you would any other boot but prepare to look ten times cooler.