It's actually impossible to think about getting through the fall and winter months without the perfect pair of boots. Seriously: It would been like getting through summer 2016 without the ideal off-the-shoulder top or pair of cropped flares—just not possible. While you probably have a go-to style already in your arsenal (maybe a classic black pair!), chances are your collection could use an update to feel current and fresh this season. Furthermore, refreshing your wardrobe with key styles is crucial before the super-cold weather really hits hard.
To give you a sense of the boot silhouettes worth investing in, we tapped some of the leaders in the industry—including designers from It girl–favorite lines Dear Frances and Rebecca Minkoff—to spill on the picks that are in and out this fall. Keep scrolling to check out the boots that'll step up your autumn and winter outfit game. Plus, shop your favorites, too.
In: "Slim-line ankle boots are huge for winter, particularly in soft nappa and suede leathers. Block-heel boots are also a popular choice, which are perfect for all-day comfort."
Out: "Keep the metallics aside for the winter season."
Everybody is wearing velvet booties this season.
This brown hue feels incredibly fresh.
In: "These days, I'm loving boots with an interesting texture or embroidery. I feel like it's really refreshing and modern."
Out: "I'm very over people wearing snow boots when they go out for dinner or to a bar. I don't think it's the best look."
This is Rebecca's favorite style!
All the cool girls are wearing moto boots this season.
In: "This year, comfort is key, as seen in the continuing dominance of the athleisure trend that has been pervasive on the street style scene. People are staying away from skyscraping heels and booties and are now turning to casual, sportier styles that they can match with more formal apparel for that tailored but ready-for-anything look."
Out: "Overly embellished footwear. Simplicity and sleek styles in strong neutrals are what people are gravitating toward this fall."
We'd pair these with distressed jeans and a moto jacket for hanging on the weekends.
The elevated sole makes these incredibly comfortable.
In: "For boots this fall and winter, velvet is looking good. Rounded toes are popular, but a pointed toe is still going strong if you want to stand out from the crowd."
Skip your classic stilettos and try these for a night out.
Slip into these if you're looking to make an instant statement.
It's the stitch detail that makes these particularly unique.
These look so much more expensive than they actually are.
These will go with everything.
This heel shape is so modern.
Yes, you can pull off white boots.
Because sometimes it's okay to have a little fun with your footwear.
Functional and stylish—love.
Just imagine these with a midi skirt and cozy sweater for a chic work look.
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The mid-calf style isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
We'd pair these with a cute fall skirt and jacket.
The military-esque feel is very right now.
Sometimes you can't go wrong with the classics.
These literally look triple the price.
We have a feeling Kendall Jenner will definitely test these out.
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The lace-up detail is subtle yet statement-making.
Chunky soles aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
These would look so cool with distressed jeans.
How could you resist the classic Gucci stripe?
Honestly, you'll just want to kick back in these forever.
Boot week is going strong at Who What Wear. Check out our coverage of the latest boot trends and styles for fall.
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