I'm a Shopping Expert, and I Always Recommend These 10 Best Boot Brands


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Whether you're looking for an investment style or an affordable purchase, it always helps to get a recommendation. And for today's topic of choice—boots—we've got plenty (10 to be exact). It's finally fall, after all. While we've already discussed all the boot trends that have made their way into popularity, it's time to talk about where it's worth making the purchase. I've been waiting months to pair mine with everything from midi dresses to maxi skirts to trousers, so it's been something that I've been putting thought into both personally and professionally.

There are thousands of options to choose from but as an editor, I get to personally test out the top-selling brands, spend hours sifting through reviews, and take notes from my fellow editors' recommendations. It's a team effort, and we're sharing the knowledge to make your shopping experience a lot easier.

Below, I've broken down the best places to buy different types of boots. You'll find what you're looking for, whether it's moto boots or sleek knee-highs. Keep scrolling to find a brand for any style and price point.

Best for Making a Statement: Zara

A pair of statement boots is an easy way to liven up any outfit, and Zara has got plenty of options. It'll only take you a few scrolls on the website before you want to add a pair of metallic or chunky platform boots to your cart.

Best for Keeping Cozy: Ugg

Ugg has been the cozy boots destination for years, and I don't see that stopping anytime soon. Every year, it releases a brand-new style that sells out because an A-list celebrity is spotted wearing it. (This year, it was Bella Hadid.)

Best for Minimal Luxury: Khaite

If you're looking to invest in luxurious yet minimal boots that you'll wear for years, take a look at Khaite's collection. 

Best for Statement-Making Luxury: Bottega Veneta

If statement-making luxury is more your game, look no further than Bottega Veneta. Its shoes always leave people in awe at its runway shows, so why not try to get that reaction IRL?

Best for Staying On-Trend: Jeffrey Campbell

If there's a shoe trend out in the world, you'll always be able to find it with Jeffrey Campbell. From the neon-green cowboy boots you saw on TikTok to the chunky platform boot Olivia Rodrigo was wearing, the brand has got you covered.

Best for Combat boots: Dr. Martens

Docs are the gold standard for combat boots—just ask any angsty teen (or adult) you meet. They take some time to break into but once you do, they're worth it. The brand makes boots that are durable for any kind of weather and add an instant edge factor to your look.

Best for Staples: Mango

If you're looking for boots that are stylish and no-fuss, take a trip to Mango. You'll find plenty of sleek knee-high options or suede ankle boots to choose from. Think of Mango's boots as the kind you can reach for almost every day.

Best for Affordability: H&M

Boots can get pricey, but H&M always has a ton of under-$100 options for those on a budget. 

Best for Western: Free People

Free People is known for its signature boho style, so it's no secret that the retailer has plenty of Western boots to choose from. Whether you pick from the in-house brands or the others offered on its site, I've heard nothing but rave reviews.

Best for Croc-Effect: Paris Texas

I hadn't heard of Paris Texas till I came to work at Who What Wear and was taken away by how many members of my team came to recommend the brand. While it offers many kinds of boots, its croc-effect styles stand out as the best on the market.

Next: 5 Boot Trends to Buy and Skip This Fall, According to Our Editors

Associate Fashion Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.