Sorry, Ankle Boots—This One Style Is Set to Be the It Shoe of Autumn


The best time of the year is upon us: ahem, boot season. With it comes the prospect of trying something new, whether you're test-driving a trend or giving your new designer boots a spin around the block. Autumn is the perfect time to reboot your wardrobe (quite literally). And while there are so many ways to freshen up your wardrobe, I can't think of any better way to step into the new season than in the most popular style of the moment: knee-high boots. 

Since last autumn, you couldn't (and still can't) scour the runway, scroll through social media, or shop from your favourite retailers without spotting at least a few tall pairs of boots. This style has stuck around for better or worse (depending on how you feel). But if you're a little dubious about buying into the tall-boot trend, don't be. Despite common myths about higher boots being harder to wear than ankle iterations, I'm here to tell you that the versatility of this style is not to be underestimated. Not only can you find a pair of knee-high boots that fit your style aesthetic perfectly—there's everything from chunky soles to sleek knee-high boots to biker boots—but also this boot height is easier to style than you think.

To prove that point, I've rounded up 19 tall-boot outfit ideas that are ideal for autumn (and beyond). Plus, I've shopped out some best knee-high boots at every price point. If you didn't love this popular boot style before, prepare to fall hard. 

Sheer Blouse + Miniskirt + Tall Boots


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Do you know those autumn days when it's still too warm to layer, but you're pining to wear something slightly more autumnal? Enter the ensemble above. A lightweight (or sheer) blouse paired with a miniskirt and boots is perfect for transitional weather. 

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Statement Jacket + Tank Dress + Tall Boots


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One of the benefits of picking a taller pair of boots over ankle boots? It can make any outfit 10 times hotter. Suddenly, a simple tank dress and edgy statement jacket are elevated with a bold pair of boots. 

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Leather Trench Coat + Button-Down Dress + Tall Boots


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What's another easy way you can style tall boots this autumn? Pair them with an oversized button-down and leather trench coat. 

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Button-Down + Tube Top + Denim Shorts + Tall Boots


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For those of our readers still trying to soak up any remaining warm days, consider this the perfect outfit. Pairing jorts with boots and layered tops is the perfect way to ease yourself into the new season. 

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Button-Down + Shrug + Miniskirt + Tall Boots


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Just like tall boots, miniskirts have been having a moment—which makes sense once you see this cute outfit. Pairing tall boots with a pleated miniskirt, button-down, and shrug is the easiest way to embrace both trends without putting your skin fully in the game. 

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Strapless Dress + Tall Boots + Shoulder Bag


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Consider this your reminder that tall boots can work for any season—just see the ensemble above. A fun tube dress can be styled with knee-high boots and a shoulder bag during autumn, spring, and even summer. 

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Denim Jacket + T-Shirt + Leather Skirt + Tall Boots


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Any former excuses you may have about taller boots not being "modest" end with this ensemble. A higher pair can suddenly become less risqué styled with a leather midi skirt, a simple T-shirt, and a jean jacket. No risks here, just one great outfit. 

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Blazer + Minidress + Tall Boots


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While taller boots can defiantly become staples in your wardrobe (with the proper styling, of course), this style can also be a great way to have fun during the cooler months. Don't be afraid to opt for a boot in suede or a bold hue and pair it with other fun statement pieces (like a sequin dress and blazer) for a look you'll want to celebrate. 

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Oversize Coat + Sweater + Shorts + Tall Boots


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Consider yourself more of a minimalist? Then you'll want to opt for a more utilitarian style like a riding boot. The great thing about this tall boot style is that it can look good with just about anything, but if you need a little inspiration, start by replicating the look above. 

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Cardigan + Bermuda Shorts + Tall Boots


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Let's be candid: We all have our own version of autumn daydreams. Whether you dream of cuddling up in a cabin or enjoying the picture-perfect weather in the city, a fun cardigan paired with pleated shorts and boots will fulfill the fantasy.

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Sweater + Matching Skirt + Tall Boots


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Not convinced quite yet that knee-high boots are easy to style? Consider the look above as further proof of my case. A matching knit set is elevated by simply slipping into these boots. 

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Asymmetrical Top + Tucked-In Trousers + Tall Boots


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You don't just have to wear dresses with taller boots; you just have to be willing to get a little creative (see the look above). Don't be afraid to tuck in trousers to your boots; it will make your outfit look 10 times cooler. 

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Turtleneck + Leather Dress + Tall Boots


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The best thing about tall boots is that they can add the perfect pop to any ensemble. But if you want to really stand out, take a cue from the look above, and pair a black dress with snakeskin-print boots. 

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Trench Coat + Sweaterdress + Tall Boots


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Not to sound like a broken record, but this style is so easy to wear. All you have to do is throw on a sweaterdress, trench coat, and boots, and you'll look so put together. 

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Shearling Jacket + Skinny Jeans + Tall Boots


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If you thought wearing these boots was only something you could pull off in autumn, think again. Styling skinny jeans underneath your boots and throwing on a heavy shearling coat is an ensemble you'll want to bookmark for winter. 

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Bomber Jacket + Turtleneck + Printed Skirt + Tall Boots


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I'll let you in on a little secret: The key to crafting cool outfits is all about mixing and matching statement pieces. Pair your tall boots with a printed skirt or trending jacket, and watch the compliments come in. 

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Coat + Leather Jacket + Turtleneck + Culottes + Tall Boots


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With weather being more unpredictable than ever, tall boots are the ideal shoes because they can withstand heat, cold, water, and general "what do I wear" qualms. Simply add layers, and you'll be ready to step out no matter the forecast. 

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Blazer + Slip Dress + Tall Boots


Possibly the easiest way to style tall boots is by throwing on a slip dress and blazer. It's a basic outfit formula, yet the look never fails to be beautiful. 

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Puffer Coat + Turtleneck Dress + Tall Boots


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Hopefully by now, you've concluded that tall boots are the autumn staple. I've droned on about how you can shop so many different versions of this boot and style it in various ways, but possibly the strongest case I can leave you with is the outfit above. The best thing about this boot style is that it lends itself well to becoming a staple in your closet not just for this season but for many to come. 

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Next Up, If You're Bored of Jeans, Try These 6 Chic Alternatives for Autumn. 

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman is a fashion editor living in New York City. What began as a hobby (blogging on Tumblr) transformed into a career dedicated to storytelling through various forms of digital media. She started her career at the print publication 303 Magazine, where she wrote stories, helped produce photo shoots, and planned Denver Fashion Week. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked as MyDomaine's social media editor until she was promoted to work across all of Clique's publications (MyDomaine, Byrdie, and Who What Wear) as the community manager. Over the past few years, Jasmine has worked on Who What Wear's editorial team, using her extensive background to champion rising BIPOC designers, weigh in on viral trends, and profile stars such as Janet Mock and Victoria Monét. She is especially interested in exploring how art, fashion, and pop culture intersect online and IRL.