The Fall Ankle Boot Trend I'm Buying Before Everyone Beats Me to It

I know, I know. July 4 just happened and I'm already thinking about the fall shoe trends I'm going to wear (when it isn't 100 degrees). The thing is, the fall collections debuted on the runways four months ago, and I'm growing weary of my summer wardrobe, so I'm understandably anxious to at least start thinking about my future fall purchases.

I typically start my fall shopping with boots, jeans, and outerwear (in that order), and I've officially decided that the first boot trend that everyone will buy is platform boots. Over the years, the platform boot trend has crept in and out of relevance, and the decades that most quickly come to mind today are the 1960s and '70s and again in the 1990s.

Now, as evidenced by many of the F/W 19 runways (think Stella McCartney, Dries Van Noten, Michael Kors, Alexachung), platform ankle boots are set for a big comeback. The show attendees clearly caught on quickly, as the street style scene during the F/W 19 fashion weeks earlier this year was already saturated with high platform boots. Ready to see the evidence?

Keep scrolling to see the platform boot trend throughout history, on the F/W 19 runways, and on the fashion week street style scene, and shop the platform ankle boots I currently have my eye on.


Platform Boots in the '70s and '90s

Platform boots in the '70s


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Actress Nadia Cassini, circa 1972

Olivia Newton-John in the '70s


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Olivia Newton-John, circa 1970

Madonna in the '90s


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Madonna, circa 2000


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Geri Halliwell of The Spice Girls, circa 1997

Platform Boots on the Recent Street Style Scene

At the F/W 19 shows, the fashion crowd proved the versatility of platform boots, pairing them with everything from midi skirts to track pants.

Platfrom boots shoe trend


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Platform boots


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How to style platform boots


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2019 boot trend


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Platform Boots on the F/W 19 Runways

Designers were creative with the trend, debuting two-tone and exotic skin platform boots.

Longchamp F/W 19 shoes


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Longchamp F/W 19

Dries Van Noten F/W 19 shoes


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Dries Van Noten F/W 19

Michael Kors F/W 19 boots


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Michael Kors F/W 19

Alexachung F/W 19 boots


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Alexachung F/W 19

Shop the Best Platform Boots

I think I'm going to need these in black too.

These subtle platform boots are worthy of a preorder. 

The flared heel on these really takes them up a notch.

Lug soles are going to be everywhere this fall—you'll see.

On a budget? Consider this versatile vegan leather pair.

It's hard to believe that this highly affordable pair is barely over $100.

These will probably show up on a few celebrities' feet this fall.

These should help you make the transition from summer to fall with ease.

Pair these with midi skirts for a fresh fall look.

The wooden heel and lug sole make these an ideal complement to jeans.