Witches Everywhere Agree: These Are the 33 Essential Boots for the Season


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When the clock strikes October, there’s just one thing on my mind for the next 31 days: witches. Yes, that’s right, I am deeply devoted to pop culture’s season of the witch and all things magically macabre. Not only is it a great excuse to finally wear head-to-toe black again, but the autumnal equinox also singles that it’s time to fully embrace fall fashion with coats, capes, and caps. Since I’m not actually a witch (and if we’re being honest, one can only own so many capes), I tend to channel my spooky seasonal style below the knees by conjuring up several new pairs of on-trend boots to go with my everyday uniform of jeans and leather jackets.

Below, you’ll find 15 witches from our favorite spooky movies and TV shows that have magically guided me to this season’s best boots. Whether you’re square-toed, flat-footed, wide-calved, or need a sleek shoe for sashaying around graveyards and gripping broomsticks, these first-class witches have a knack for fulfilling the desires of fall fashion–loving mortals everywhere. Accio shoe polish!

Tilda Swinton as The White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia


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WHO: The White Witch

WHAT: The Chronicles of Narnia

WEAR: Luxurious knee-high boots that keep out the cold

Did you know Who What Wear makes some remarkable boots? The light leather and sculptural heel make this pair White Witch–approved.

These light leather boots are camouflaging in the wilds of Narnia, right? 

HOCUS POCUS, Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker


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WHO: Winifred, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson

WHAT: Hocus Pocus

WEAR: Boots they can wear for eternity  

These lug-sole ankle boots are a must-have for mischievous Mary. 

Classic ankle boots but in a rich merlot shade just scream Sarah (Jessica Parker) Sanderson.

Did you light the black flame candle? Then Winnie has been wearing these leather lace-ups since before you were born. 

Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina the Teenage Witch



WHO: Sabrina Spellman

WHAT: Sabrina the Teenage Witch

WEAR: Boots appropriate for both high school classes and magical hijinks 

We have a feeling Sabrina would be happy stomping down the halls of her high school in these beguiling blue boots. 

The perfect boots for practicing spells with your wacky aunts while side-stepping a fast-talking cat named Salem.

Kiernan Shipka in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina


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WHO: Sabrina Spellman

WHAT: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

WEAR: Boots that suit her half-mortal, half-witch makeup

Just because you have magical powers doesn't mean you can control the weather… yet.

These aptly named booties are a little bit witchy and a little bit Archie Comics all in one. 

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger


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WHO: Hermione Granger

WHAT: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

WEAR: Basic boots that go with her Hogwarts robes

All aboard the Hogwarts Express in these smart slip-on boots. 

These boots are for when Hermione grows up and starts kicking some serious Death Eater ass.



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WHO: Bellatrix Lestrange

WHAT: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

WEAR: Boots that catch the eye of the Dark Lord while also crushing anything in her path

She may be a seriously deranged Death Eater, but you have to admit Bellatrix Lestrange does have a particular POV when it comes to fashion.

Bellatrix would totally go for these square-toed booties. 

Judy Garland & Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard Of Oz


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WHO: The Wicked Witch of the West

WHAT: The Wizard of Oz

WEAR: Preferably something waterproof

A Western boot seems like a smart choice here—she is the Wicked Witch of the West, after all.

These everyday black boots harken back to a simpler time… like the first 10 minutes of the movie. 


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WHO: Glinda the Good Witch

WHAT: The Wizard of Oz

WEAR: Boots made of a precious material that also have transporting capabilities

Hey, Dorothy isn't the only one who gets to wear cool shoes! These shiny silver booties are perfect for the most beloved witch in Oz.

THE WITCHES, Anjelica Huston, 1990


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WHO: The Grand High Witch

WHAT: The Witches

WEAR: Strictly square-toed styles

Did you forget that witches don't have toes? They just have feet with square ends. Rewatch this 1990 adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel, and you'll have a totally new take on the square-toe trend. 

These chic square-toe boots say, "Witch, please."

Kat Graham in The Vampire Diaries


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WHO: Bonnie Bennett

WHAT: The Vampire Diaries

WEAR: Bold boots that showcase the power of her dark magic 

Perfect for walking the halls of Mystic Falls High by day and communing with the other side by night.

The practical choice for running around and picking up after Elena, Stefan, and Damon.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN: Jessica Lange, Emma Roberts, Jamie Brewer, Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe


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WHO: Fiona Goode

WHAT: American Horror Story: Coven

WEAR: Boots that are high-end and on-trend

These croc-embossed beauties are almost too goode to be true. 

Mango booties are supremely on point this season. 

Melisandre from Game of Thrones


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WHO: Melisandre

WHAT: Game of Thrones

WEAR: Red, just red

Have you heard? Winter is coming, and honestly, these red boots can be worn until spring. 

The night is dark and full of terrors, so why not ride away in these blood-red stunners? 

THE CRAFT, from left: Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, Rachel True, 1996


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WHO: Sarah, Bonnie, Rochelle, and Nancy

WHAT: The Craft

WEAR: Boots that can be worn with school uniforms and to secret ritual gatherings  

These cool combat boots say, "Don't mess with me," and isn't that the point, really?

These kick-ass kicks pack a serious punch. 

These boots were made for stomping all over the patriarchy. That's right—The Craft is low-key a feminist film.

Advice for baby witches: Buy these '90s-inspired platform booties. 

CHARMED, Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Rose McGowan


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WHO: Phoebe and Piper Halliwell and Paige Matthews

WHAT: Charmed

WEAR: Stylish and sharable among sisters 

These knee-high boots are timeless, just like Phoebe's ability to see both the future and the past. 

Practical and purposeful, just like Piper. 

Paige is half-witch, half-whitelighter and a whole lot to unpack, making these lug-sole Chelsea boots pretty much perfect for her. 

PRACTICAL MAGIC: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman


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WHO: Sally and Gillian Owens

WHAT: Practical Magic

WEAR: Boots for breaking the law and fending off family curses

Take a walk on the wild side like Gillian with these distressed Western booties.

Just because Sally enjoys small-town life doesn't mean she dislikes kicking ass and taking names in sturdy-yet-stylish boots.