I Spent Hours Scouring Shopbop's Fall Boot Selection—30 Pairs Worth Buying Now


(Image credit: BY FAR; Pictured: BY FAR Stevie 42 Boots ($660))

With boot season in full swing, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the infinite number of options on the market. Of course, being surrounded by footwear sounds more like a daydream than a nightmare, but when you're on a quest for that perfect pair of boots, sometimes, less is more in terms of choices. That's why I decided to stick to just one retailer this season—the best one if you ask me—for all of my fall boot needs. And with over 600 styles, a range of prices, and some of 2021's most covetable brands in stock (think Manu Atelier, BY FAR, and Neous), that destination had to be Shopbop

Whether you're on the lookout for slim-fitting boots to go out in; a chunky, lug-soled pair that will take the brunt of the forthcoming wet weather; or outfit-enhancing knee-high boots, Shopbop's vast shoe selection has a pair (or two) that belongs in your fall lineup. And I say this from experience as someone whose boot collection already includes one of each category—and then some.

Ahead, you'll find a no-boots-missed guide to discovering your shoe collection's newest addition from Shopbop. 

Knee-High Boots

If, before 2021, you thought knee-high boots weren't for you, you weren't the only one. But with a fresh crop of shoe designers taking the retro silhouette and modernizing it with new colors, materials, and oblong heel shapes, knee-high boots are proving to be a definite must for your fall wardrobe. 

Weather-Ready Boots

Whether you like it or not, fall is eventually going to turn into winter. When it does, it's essential that you're ready, and that starts with a pair of boots that will bode well with both your cold-weather wardrobe and the cold and wet weather.

Sock Boots

I love chunky, lug-soled boots as much as the next fashion-minded person, but when building a quality footwear collection for fall, it's important to diversify. One way to do so is with a pair of ankle-hugging sock boots, which just so happen to be extremely popular with designers like Simon Miller, Staud, and Neous these days.

Lace-Up Boots

Between combat styles and Little Women–esque prairie silhouettes, there really is a lace-up boot style for every aesthetic, from utilitarian to cottagecore. And if you ask me, they're all worthy of a go this fall.

Flat Boots

Even the most adamant of heel supporters have to admit that sometimes, when sneakers are too casual but heeled boots are over-the-top, flat boots are essential, especially when they look like the below styles.

Brown Boots

Great news, you found yourself a stellar pair of black boots. Now for the other, oft-forgotten style that's equally fundamental: brown boots. Let the below styles be your guide; though, you really can't go wrong with any shade or style. 

Platform Boots

Need a lift? Do it sans ankle-breaking heels with a pair of platform boots that will not only elevate your outfit in seconds, but that will also elevate you. Win, win.

White Boots

A pair of white boots for fall and winter is as fundamental as any black pair in your collection. First off, they're known to stay oddly clean in the snowy weather. Plus, they're technically a neutral, so they look good with just about everything. 

Chelsea Boots

Investing in a pair of quality Chelsea boots is never a bad idea, particularly because of their timeless appeal and overall versatility. Style them up with tailored trousers and a blazer or down with vintage denim and a white T-shirt. Either way, you'll be golden.

Mini Ankle Boots

Ugg's now-iconic Ultra Mini Boots have started a fashion phenomenon, with brands like Diemme and Reike Nen all hopping on board the micro-ankle-boot trend for fall 2021.

Senior Fashion Editor

Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.