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."
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."