10 Key Boot Trends That Will Take Over This Winter

As the runways become increasingly seasonless, so do our wardrobes. This is particularly useful when you live in Britain, where the lines between summer and winter are forever blurred save, perhaps, for a few weeks in the middle of the year. Both of these components cement the fact that boots are a year-round staple—a shoe style we'll lean on for considerable periods. Choose wisely, and it will no doubt be the hardest-working footwear in your collection. And we're here to help to guide you to the most noteworthy boot trends of 2023.

Consulting the runways, where there were a record number of boots on offer, we've whittled down the need-to-know iterations that will shape the 2023 shoe scene. Some feel entirely fresh and have the power to give your outfits a wholly unique spin. Others? They're continuations from seasons past and are timeless enough that you may have already invested in them (kudos to you if that's the case!).

Keep scrolling to see the 10 boot trends that will rule this year. 

1. Thigh's the Limit


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Style Notes: Easily the most prevalent boot trend on the 2023 runways, thigh-high boots featured in the collections of AMI Paris, Vivienne Westwood, Philipp Plein and Etro, to name but a few. 


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Style Notes: While designers seemed to favour styling them with minidresses and shorts, this boot style arguably looks its chicest layered over pants or leggings. 

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2. Micro Heels


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Style Notes: Kitten heels were a major 2022 shoe trend, but one we didn't see translate into boots. In, next year, that's all about to change, for kitten heels were some of the sleekest boot styles in the 2023 collections, as seen at Christopher Kane, Jil Sander and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini. 


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Style Notes: Not just short, but ultra-skinny heels akin to matchsticks were especially noteworthy on the runway. 

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3. Python Prints


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Style Notes: The words "printed" and "boots" aren't often found together, but there is one very sleek hybrid that can't be ignored. Faux snake finishes and prints on boots never feel too tethered to a particular season, but make no mistake, they're going to be big news in 2023. 


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Style Notes: Traditional grey colourways will go with a multitude of outfits, while the warmer python prints at Rejina Pyo and Bally present a fresh take on the trend. 

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4. Blunt Response 


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Style Notes: Fashion's love affair with square-toe shoes is going to burn even brighter as we head into winter 2023. We're especially into this oversize-shirt-knee-boot outfit from AZ Factory, which showcases just how cool the simple addition of a square toe can make your outfit look. 


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Style Notes: Look for styles with contrasting edging, such as this Koche pair, which frame the silhouette of a square-toe.

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5. Disco Boots


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Style Notes: Metallic shoes often make a comeback for party season, but for 2023, designers AZ Factory and Bally have given them everlasting appeal by way of boots. From liquid shine to glittering crystals, these boots will work with any glamorous outfit, but will also pep up your daily wares like no other boot could.


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Style Notes: Some might say these boots are too much. To us? They're not enough. 

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6. Super Soles


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Style Notes: Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Sacai and Jil Sander are just a handful of designers who are putting the spotlight on statement soles for 2023, with boots so stacked they put Big Macs to shame. 


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Style Notes: Look for wedge heels to tick off another key shoe trend for 2023, or keep an eye out for chunky wooden soles.

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7. Blinding Whites


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Style Notes: All-white outfits are going to be a key trend in 2023, so why not dip your toe in with a pair of fresh white boots? 


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Style Notes: In past seasons, white boots have been given the fanciful treatment with pointed toes and stiletto heels. Now, for 2023, it seems flats are where it's at. 

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8. Into the Wild (West)


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Style Notes: Okay, so cowboy boots never truly go out of style, whatever the year or season. But after being so popular in 2022, you'll surely be glad to hear the style is still trending hard for 2023, making your purchase a wise one. 


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Style Notes: Between the playful hues at Molly Goddard and the more classic interpretation at Ralph Lauren, cowboy boots feel anything but limited this season. 

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9. Addicted to Lace 


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Style Notes: Lace-up fastenings are commonplace on countless boot styles, but for 2023, they've been designed with aesthetics over function in mind. Now reaching to the knee or thigh with sexy cutouts, these lace-up boots feel less combat and more couture. 


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Style Notes: Rochas presented lace-up boots in a kaleidoscope of colour; while you wait for the market to catch-up, there's plenty of black, white, and tan styles to choose from. 

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10. Parlour Palette


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Style Notes: Pastels might not sound like a groundbreaking term, but after a season of rather "sensible" boot trends in 2022, it's refreshing to see designers have a little fun with their palettes for 2023. The inspiration? Ice cream shades. 


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Style Notes: Whether you choose pistachio or strawberry, wear your saccharine boots with pastel clothing to better tap into the runway vibe. 

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

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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 InStyle.co.uk’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.