There are already plenty of boot trends unfolding among the fashion set right now, but the spring/summer 2023 runways are giving us insights into which specific silhouettes early adopters will be wearing next year. With many boot-wearing months upon us, I've been curious about the styles that were emerging on the runways, so I dove into the collections deeper to see the exact boots trends we can expect to gain steam as we look to the year ahead.
Many of the trends are echoing what we're already seeing on the style set, including the knee-high sock boots and Western-inspired shapes that have been soaring in popularity recently. Other styles, such as satin boots, feel decidedly fresher and outside of the current fashion conversation. However, designers made a strong case for all of these styles, so we can expect to see them pick up soon. Here are the six boot trends that are set to be big in 2023.
Western-inspired boots have been gaining traction, most notably with Khaite's Dallas boots, which have become a cult buy in recent years. If you're thinking of investing in a pair, you can rest assured that the trend is only growing. They were everywhere on the spring/summer 2023 runways, including Ralph Lauren's collection.
Knee-High Sock Boots
Sock boots are fairly divisive, but I can't ignore their comeback. I'll be the first to admit that I'm a personal fan, and there's a pair of Gia Borghini sock boots in my wardrobe. In the past, we've seen many variations, but in 2023, it will be all about the knee-high silhouette. That being said, we can expect to see everything from open-toe thong versions, as seen at Miu Miu, to flat Chelsea styles, as spotted at Jil Sander.
Lace-Up Combat Boots
Lace-up boots were a trend overall on the spring/summer 2023 runways, but combat-boot variations are the key silhouette to know. Ludovic de Saint Sernin had a pair that particularly stood out, which I guarantee will be a cult buy next year.
Photo:Imaxtree/Ludovic de Saint Sernin
One of the most surprising boot trends of the season? Satin boots. That is why they are one of the most noteworthy, in this editor's opinion. We aren't currently seeing many satin boot styles on the market, but with the endorsement of brands such as Sportmax and Jil Sander, they're set to be big.
Modern Rain Boots
Over the last several years, we've seen many interpretations of directional rain boots, including the Bottega Veneta Puddle Boots that rose to cult status. For 2023, rain boots have been reimagined with modern shapes, sleeker designs, and wavy soles. Practical shoes have never looked so cool.
While you could name faux-animal boots as a classic, there is no ignoring their prominence on the spring/summer 2023 runways. Low-key luxury with a touch of grit, these definitely fit into the fashion aesthetic we're seeing take shape for next year.