As I've tried explaining to my husband time and time again—to no avail, of course—you can never have enough pairs of black boots. This is especially true for me, who lives almost exclusively in the shoe style (in one form or another) for most of fall and winter. It's also true for any girl living in NYC, where the name of the game is functionality. You need your knee-high boots, your ankle boots, your snow boots, and everything in between. Then if you're a stickler for details like me, you'll find that there are subcategories of the best boots that must be fulfilled as well. For example, casual boots that won't get ruined in the rain, a plain pair, and a statement style. Also, heeled boots that look good with trousers, a pair for long jeans, a pair for short jeans, and boots for dresses and skirts, etc. I could go on and on, but instead, I'll cut to the chase.
Despite owning more pairs of black boots than anyone should ever admit to in multiple closets and storage situations across America, I'll always be compelled to buy more of my favorite shoe category—but only if they're good enough. With that in mind, I figured I'd round up the styles I'm eyeing at the moment, plus share with you some pairs I'm already wearing on the regular. Naturally, that total came out to 26 pairs. To get started (and shopping), just keep scrolling.
I bought these a couple months ago and have been living in them ever since.
I've been looking for the perfect riding boots and I think I just found them.
The flared heels aren't just cool to look at—they also make them more comfortable.
This post was published previously and has since been updated.
Nicole here! Since starting as an intern back in 2013, I’ve held several roles here at Who What Wear, most recently being Editor-at-Large. It was a less expected route, seeing as I was graduating from business school at USC when this all began. I’ve since moved to NYC from my hometown of Beverly Hills and spend my work days a little differently from when I was an intern starting out. Currently, I focus on trends and shopping content. As far as my personal style goes, I’m largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it’s deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing I love more than a good party is dressing up for one.
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