We're in Our 50s, and We Think These Boot Trends Work for Every Age


(Image credit: Cathy Williamson and Janet Gunn)

Age clearly has nothing to do with what you should or shouldn't wear. After all, it's just a number. That said, it's sometimes intriguing to learn about the trends women with more experienced sartorial points of view are into. And that's where Janet Gunn and Cathy Williamson come in. These fashion influencers are over 50 and have spent years fine-tuning their wardrobes. When it comes to footwear specifically, they both agree that there are a few key boot trends that work best for them and actually work for anyone at any age because they're all highly versatile.

Furthermore, the silhouettes in question are all chic and also feel relevant for the season. Below you'll uncover testimonials from both Gunn and Williamson, along with styling references. If you're interested in adding one of the picks to your own offering, you'll uncover inspired shopping recommendations to suit a range of styles.


(Image credit: Cathy Williamson and Janet Gunn)

1. Western-Inspired Boots


(Image credit: Janet Gunn)

"Getting back to my roots in these Lucchese tall boots. I grew up wearing Lucchese boots and when I saw these in red, I couldn't wait to dress them up a bit. I love how fashion has embraced the cowboy boot and they're so fun to style, along with a great conversation starter."— Janet Gunn


(Image credit: Cathy Williamson)

"Maybe it's because I'm from Texas, but I love a cowboy boot, especially with a dress!"— Cathy Williamson

2. Animal-Print and Embellished Boots


(Image credit: Cathy Williamson)

"I am a sucker for an animal print of any kind. These cool python-print boots would elevate any outfit. Animal prints have appeared throughout history as a form of self-expression. Another reason they are a classic print! Don't be afraid to add one to your boot mix." — Williamson 


(Image credit: Janet Gunn)

"These Jimmy Choo flat boots with crystal detailing are an evolution of the combat boot. Styled with this wide-leg Mango suit adds a little funky personality for day or night comfort. Easy on and off with a back zipper for the best of both worlds; comfort and fashion." — Gunn

3. Riding and Lug-Sole Boots


(Image credit: Cathy Williamson)

"I wear a lot of riding boots during the fall and winter because they are so easy to run around in while keeping your feet warm. They can be dressed up or down, and a style of boot that I think is essential. A riding boot is classic and always 'in style!'" Williamson


(Image credit: Janet Gunn)

"These Ganni boots keep coming back because they are so comfortable and lend a more playful and effortless approach for an everyday fashion edge. I also love how these look with a dress, and they're so durable—it's just an overall weather warrior." — Gunn

This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. and has since been updated.

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Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retailers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.