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5 Major Boot Trends for Fall/Winter 2023

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The air grows crisper; the leaves take on their fiery autumnal hues, and the fashion world undergoes its seasonal transformation. Fall is upon us, and with it comes a fantastic opportunity to elevate our wardrobes with the latest and greatest trends. And what better way to kick off the season than by exploring the hottest boot trends for Fall/Winter 2023?

Boots are a quintessential fall fashion staple, and this year’s offerings are nothing short of fabulous. From the resurgence of vintage lace-up boots to the enduring elegance of knee-high classics, from the rugged charm of cowboy boots to the timeless appeal of riding boots, and finally, the dramatic allure of over-the-knee styles, the world of boots this fall/winter season is brimming with options to suit every style, mood, and occasion. See by yourself as we discover the top 5 boot trends for Fall/Winter 2023.

1. Lace-up Boots

Dr. Martens Jadon Platform Boots
Media Credit: Farfetch

Who doesn’t love a good pair of lace up boots for autumn and winter? Well, if you do, then you’re in luck because lace up boots were easily the most prevalent boot trend of the season, spotted on nearly every major FW23 runway. From ankle-length combat boots at Dior and Fendi to full-length, statement styles at Jonathon Simkhai and Dion Lee, there’s a pair of lace-up boots out there for everyone this season. Perhaps the fashion world is paying a tribute to Vivienne Westwood, who famously started the trend for lace-up footwear back in the 90s.

2. Heeled Knee-high Boots

Gianvito Rossi Santiago Knee-High Boots
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Heeled knee-high boots have always been a symbol of elegance and sophistication, and this fall, they’re back in a big way (mainly thanks to the quiet luxury trend). Spotted on FW23 runways of Celine, Bally and many more, knee-high boots are reclaiming their throne as timeless classics. This season, choose from classic black leather, suede, or even bold patterns to make a statement. Heeled knee-high boots will look absolutely beautiful paired with skirts, dresses, and even your favorite denim.

3. Cowboy Boots

Dolce Vita Samare Western Boot
Media Credit: Nordstrom

The Wild West meets urban streets with cowboy boots as a prominent trend for FW23. Spotted on FW23 runways of Ralph Lauren, Chloe, Molly Goddard and many more, cowboy boots are there to make a statement this season with their pointed toes, intricate stitching and sturdy heels. And while traditional brown leather styles are still very much in, this season we are also seeing cowboy boots arrive in a wide range of other styles, incl. bold pops of color and metallics. Choose your favorites right now to pair them with denim, skirts, or even a boho-inspired maxi dress for an ultra-trendy look.

4. Riding Boots

Jil Sander Leather Riding Boots
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Anyone else remembers the times when the Hermes Kelly Riding Boots were considered the ultimate must-have for fall? I certainly do! However, it’s not like riding boots were ever out of fashion. Quite the opposite actually – these were always considered the epitome of classic fall style. If you don’t own a pair yet, consider investing in a classic black knee length style, as spotted on Tory Burch’s Fall/Winter 2023-2024 runway. Sleek and timeless, these boots will serve you for years, pairing effortlessly with both casual and formal looks.

5. Over-the-knee Boots

Christian Louboutin Gazellou 55 suede over-the-knee boots
Media Credit: Net-a-Porter

For those looking to make a bold statement this fall, over-the-knee boots are the answer. Spotted all over the FW23 runways incl. Helena Eisenhart, David Koma and Ami Paris, OTK boots are set to make their big comeback this season. So, if you happen to still have that pair of Stuart Weitzman’s Highland’s sitting in your wardrobe, time to take those out! Fall/Winter 2023 also sees OTK boots paired with just about everything from mini skirts to oversized sweaters.

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