How to Wear Cowboy Boots Without Them Wearing You

In case you haven't heard, cowboy boots are back. Inevitably, the question of the hour is simple: "How do I wear cowboy boots in 2018 and actually look cool doing it?" Let's get one thing straight—just because cowboy boots are back doesn't mean dressing like a full-on Western film has suddenly become the coolest thing since sliced bread, although it's always an option if that's the look what you're after. I'm just here to address the fact that cowboy boots are the It boot trend of the season, and styling them without ranch hats or double denim is a lot easier than you'd think.

Ahead we've gathered a few of our favorite street style images of fashion's elite donning the spring boot trend in ways that are not only picture-perfect but also approachable. Once we've convinced you this is the boot trend to try, get ready to shop the cowboy boots that will have you pondering the plethora of ways to wear cowboy boots in 2018. When it comes to this boot style, the sky is truly the limit.


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Pair the boot style with a classic suit. Tuck your pant legs into the boots to show a little extra flair. 


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Colored cowboy boots are a good alternative if you feel like the classic neutrals are too costumey for your particular taste. Not that colors aren't equally costumey. They are just more defiant of the intention of cowboy boots, if you ask me.


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The trick to not letting cowboy boots wear you? Outdo the suckers in every way possible. We're talking clashing prints, statement sunnies, and jewelry for days.


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Cowboy boots are presenting themselves in a slew of polished styles, including these Calvin Kleins. Honestly, though, there's no outfit these shoes won't look great with, whether it's jeans and a windbreaker or a floral spring dress.


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Canadian tuxedo + cowboy boots = an outfit made in heaven. Case closed. 


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Here's another colored pair to convince you to think outside the box and opt for hues brighter than you might be used to this spring. The blazer-and-sweater combination forces there to be many focal points of the look, meaning no one will be solely starring at your boots. 


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Lazy day? Try sweatpants, a faux-fur jacket, and your favorite cowboy boots. Let us know how cool you feel walking to grab a Saturday cup of coffee in that.

Shop the cowboy boots we love:

These silver boots are giving us futuristic vibes.

Available in Italian sizes 36 to 41.

The glossy white leather exterior of these boots is ultra-polished. 

Available in Italian sizes 36 to 40.

Yes, you can incorporate the color of the year into your Western look as well.

Available in sizes 6 to 9.5.

Polished and patent are the official cool-kid way to do cowboy boots.

Available in sizes 6 to 11.

A red leather-and-snakeskin combo is the boldness your shoe collection has been begging for.

Available in Italian sizes 39.

The suede pattern adds a subtle detail that makes all the difference. 

Available in Italian sizes 36 to 37.5.

Pair these graphic ankle boots with some cropped denim jeans, and you're good to go.

Available in sizes 4.5 to 11.5.

This classic style is made modern thanks to the vibrant tonal colors and polished appearance.

Available in sizes 5.5 to 11.

The sleekest cowboy boots we ever could have imagined.

Available in sizes 6 to 10.

We're not sure what we love more about these boots: the intricate metallic hardware or the pink interior.

Available in Italian sizes 36 to 40.

The classic Western embroidery is our favorite thing about these boots.

Available in sizes 6.5 to 13.

Rep your inner cowgirl with this cute and colorful option.

Available in sizes 5 to 10.

A more daring shape that's sure to make you stand out.

Available in Italian sizes 36 to 39.

These are definitely more on the high-fashion side of the cowboy boot spectrum, steel toe and all.

Available in sizes 35.5 to 41.

You could wear these retro-esque boots every day, even to the office.

Available in sizes 6 to 9.5.

Time to giddyap! (Sorry, I couldn't help myself.) But before you go, check out the other spring trends you definitely need to know about.