8 Fresh Boot Trends That Are Already Dominating This Autumn

I can't stop thinking about where my next pumpkin spice latte is coming from and my camera reel is now full of photos of my dogs in the fallen leaves; it's finally autumn and, if it wasn't painstakingly clear, I am pretty excited about it. Especially as that also means it's time to start thinking about boots. I love boots, they're by far my favourite footwear option, and, if you're looking to treat yourself to a new pair this season just as I am, there are lots of chic styles to consider. Today, I'm going to guide you through them, autumn's boot trends for 2023


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Boot trends tend to stick around longer than those of other shoes (personally I find trainers to be the most flippant). So, rest assured, any boot you do decide to 1) wear and 2) invest in will feel current for a while. Still, if you want to know which boots feel especially trendy this season, I've assembled them for you below. There are eight all in, heels and flats, some that are led by aesthetics and others practicality, but all are deserving of a place here, in my boot trends for autumn 2023 round up.

Scroll on to see them and get ready to embrace the new season. 

1. Pointed-Toe Boots


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Style Notes: Channel your inner '90s fashion icon with these sleek and edgy black pointed toe boots. They're a timeless statement piece that adds a throwback (and sexy!) touch to any outfit.

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2. Moto Boots


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Style Notes: Unleash your inner rebel with moto boots, perhaps the most prevalent footwear trend on the autumn/winter runways, though the best example was shown at Miu Miu. They subscribe perfectly to TikTok's "wrong shoe theory", with fashion types choosing to wear them with skirts and dresses for a tough edge. 

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3. Mock-Croc Boots


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Style Notes: Mock-croc finishes always look so high end, and we're seeing a new-found appreciation for this treatment on shoes this season; specifically boots. Look for a knee-high pair to add gloss to skirt and dress looks, or choose an ankle grazer to slip on with jeans. 

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4. Cowboy Boots


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Style Notes: Cowboy boots have long been a fashion-girl favourite, and the proof is in the latest influx of autumn outfits that have been uploaded to Instagram. Look for classic colours such as beige and black or stand out from the crowd in a colour-block pair. 

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5. Over-the-Knee Boots


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Style Notes: Over the knee boots dominated the runways this season, and we're starting to see that influence trickle down into IRL looks. Wear yours with mini skirts or thigh-split dresses to show them off to full effect. 

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6. Chelsea Boots


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Style Notes: Classic Chelsea boots are going to be big again this season. Endlessly versatile and practical, these boots are the go-to footwear choice for the modern urbanite. Opt for black for a traditional take or look for different colours or finishes to add personality. 

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7. Patent Boots


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Style Notes: It's been a while since we've seen patent shoes take centre stage but thanks to an obsession with all-things '90s this season, high shine is back. Seen at Saint Laurent and Prada in boot form, this is a trend I expect to see everywhere this season. 

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8. Riding Boots


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Style Notes: If flat boots are more your thing, rest assured I'm rounding off my edit with another practical pair. With their typically simple silhouette, riding boots present a sleek alternative to cowboy boots, which is sure to appease even the purest of minimalists. 

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Next Up: 9 Major Shoe Trends That Will Be Everywhere This Autumn

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.