Black Boots Never Go Out of Style—24 Pairs You'll Want to Wear Forever

"You work in fashion? How many shoes do you own?" It might surprise you just how regularly I'm asked this question. Thanks to Carrie Bradshaw, everyone assumes I have cupboards lined with Manolos, and I keep sweaters in my oven. Neither is true. In reality, I own fewer pairs of shoes than most of my friends, and my mum has at least double the amount that I do. That's not to say, however, that I don't love shoes—I do! However, I rarely buy new ones, and when I do, it's often to replace a well-worn pair I already own. A classicist at heart, my shoe collection is the most honed aspect of my wardrobe. It might sound boring, but most of my shoes are black and have been chosen with the sole purpose of going with as many outfits as possible. This makes me happy; I never have to worry about matching my shoes to what I'm wearing; they just go. And right now, I'm starting to think about new season and whats in my wardrobe, I know the styles I'm getting the most use out of are my black boots. 


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I currently have five pairs of black boots in my rotation; a knee-high pair, three ankle boots with varying heel heights, and some hiker-style lace-ups that have were incredibly useful during the January cold snap. Typically, boots cost more than other shoe styles as they require considerably more fabric than, say, a pair of slingbacks or loafers, so I always view them as an investment. However, it's one with no real risk—versatile and incredibly sleek, black boots are the cornerstone of every good outfit I see on Instagram right now. From knee-high to ankle, flat to heeled, it seems fashion people are forgoing the more statement boot trends of the season for failsafe black, just as I have always done. The big question is, with so many pairs out there, which black boots are the best black boots? I've assembled a handful for every style below.

Best Black Knee-High Boots


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Knee boots are my go-to for when I'm wearing skirts and dresses; if only I could look half as sleek as Sylvie. 


Best Black Ankle Boots


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Whether you opt for heels or flats, nothing beats the combination of black ankle boots and jeans. 


Best Black Heeled Boots


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I don't wear high-heeled shoes as much as I used to, but boots? Nothing looks sleeker in my opinion. 


Best Black Flat Boots


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Flat, riding-style boots might be a key trend this season, but rest assured they'll never look dated. Prefer ankle-heights? You can't go wrong with Chelsea boots. 


Best Black Over-the-Knee Boots


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Arguably the sexiest boot out there, over-the-knee boots were all over the 2024 runways, and there are plenty of black styles on the market, too. 


Best Black Chunky Boots


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Chunky boots started trending a few seasons ago but the look is still going strong by way of The Row and H&M. 


Next Up: I've Done the Research—5 Major New-Season Shoe Trends You Can Shop Now at Zara

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.