The Only 5 Boot Styles Every Woman Needs in Her Closet

The Only 5 Boot Styles Every Woman Needs in Her Closet

If there’s one thing every stylish woman absolutely needs in her closet come fall, it’s a great pair of boots. No matter what the shifting trends of the moment may be, a good pair of boots never goes out of style.

To help you out, we’ve come up with a handful of styles every woman needs in her fall footwear collection. The good news? There are only five, and we’ve curated plenty of fashionable options in each category to tickle your fancy.

Scroll down to learn how to style these five boot styles, then shop 20 pairs now!

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    Ankle Boots

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    From thigh-highs to barely-above-the-ankle styles, there’s a huge variety of boot lengths out there. But in our opinion, the ankle boot’s the most essential. Why? They work with everything from skinny jeans to trousers to (as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley perfectly illustrates) a classic LBD. 

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    Isabel Marant Dicker Suede Ankle Boots ($625)

    This cowboy boot-inspired version looks even more authentic thanks to a stacked wooden heel.

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    Free People Breton Heeled Boots ($198)

    The oxblood hue of these open-back shoes will instantly dress up any outfit.

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    Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Booties ($475)

    Rag & Bone’s classic Newport boots get upgraded in a chic gray shade.

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    Fiorifrancesi Calf Ankle Boots ($314)

    A solid pair of black ankle booties with a chunky heel = a must-have.

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    Chelsea Boots

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    The Chelsea boot is having a major moment right now—but then again, it always is. Their rock ‘n’ roll vibe pairs well with skinny black jeans, a look perfectly carried off by Alexa Chung. 

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    Dr. Martens Flora Chelsea Ankle Boots ($140)

    The shiny surface on these Chelsea boots feels extra-luxe—plus, they’re Dr. Martens, so they’ll last you forever.

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    Acne Studios Jensen Suede Boots ($550)

    While most Chelsea boots come in classic black, we’re in love with this versatile camel hue.

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    H by Hudson Bronte Chelsea Boots ($150)

    We love the rich wine-red suede on these guys.

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    Tod's Suede Boots ($625)

    The Chelsea boot gets a utilitarian makeover in this rugged pair.

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    For dressier occasions, stiletto boots are every stylish woman’s go-to. They combine the cool vibe of boots with the appeal of a great pair of stilettos—a win-win in our book.

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    Saint Laurent Paris Leather Ankle Boots ($1,295)

    The metallic toe on these boots means you’re well-equipped to kick some sartorial ass.

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    Daniele Michetti Suede Boots with Gold Plaque ($968)

    We’re obsessed with the rose gold detail on the back of these booties.

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    Dolce Vita Riko Booties ($130)

    The midi heel on this pair ensures you’ll be able to wear them from day to night.

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    Gianvito Rossi Leather Ankle Boots ($990)

    These rich cognac boots are a perfect addition to your fall wardrobe.

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    Moto Boots


    Moto boots are your best friend for days when you want to wear flats, but would like a little more edge. They’re great with a pair of jeans, and can add a significant cool factor to a feminine dress.

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    Rag & Bone Moto Leather Boots ($595)

    Rag & Bone’s version is slightly worn-in and especially lust-worthy.

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    Kate Spade Sabina Flat Moto Boots ($398)

    The double-buckle detail punches up these classic motos.

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    Miista Marci Moto Boots ($130)

    There’s something delightfully refreshing about these white leather boots.

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    Alexander Wang Martine Moto Booties ($695)

    Leave it to Wang to create an impossibly sleek version of the shoe.

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    Open-Toed Booties

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    Ah, the most paradoxical of fall footwear: a boot that exposes your toes. While they might not make sense at first, open-toed booties show off your pedicure in the cooler months, and they look great with everything from casual boyfriend jeans to a stylish pantsuit for a night out.

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    Rag & Bone Wyatt Sandals ($550)

    Use this pair to toughen up a girly dress or skirt.

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    Dolce Vita Nayla Booties ($189)

    We’d wear these with the zipper undone for a cool deconstructed look.

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    Burberry Hand-Painted Suede Boots ($1,695)

    These hand-painted Burberry booties are simply stunning.

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    Dolce Vita Mercy Booties ($129)

    An exposed zipper and stacked heel lend some edge to these toe-exposers.

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