Winter is kicking into high gear, and while fall is easily the season of the boot, our favorite cool-weather shoes become everyday staples in the freezing temperatures of December and January. But just because boots will keep your feet both warm and dry in the coming months doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish too—after all, the best things in life are those that combine both form and function. If you’re still searching for a last-minute pair to add to your closet, take a look at these five boot trends to tide you over until sandal season returns.
The fringe trend is here to stay. Summer’s crop tops and flip flops may be packed away in storage boxes for the next few months, but the favorite clothing adornment of festival-goers and free spirits has found its way into winter accessories as well. Fringe boots immediately give a laid-back feel to any outfit, and while Minnetonka has the quintessential fringe boot (in both ankle bootie and knee-high varieties), there are plenty of options to be found at retailers around America.
This season, 90s grunge is coming back in a big way. Whether it’s overalls or Doc Martens, we can all expect to see some of our favorite trends from the end of the twentieth century hitting the streets.
In the boot world, this time warp manifests itself in the lug sole – a thick, treaded rubber sole similar to what you would find on a pair of work boots. These soles provide much-needed traction on slippery surfaces and turn even the chicest designer shoes into sturdy, all-terrain kicks. Lug soles lend a touch of androgyny to any outfit and look great with ultra-girly silhouettes.
Buckles, studs, zippers and spikes – moto boots are the perfect pair to toss on when you want to feel invincible. You can find this trend in a variety of widths and styles, from short booties to knee-high, lace-up varieties. They can be used to give a masculine edge to floral dresses and tights or paired with skinny jeans and a leather jacket to complete the perfect outfit for dinner and a concert with friends.
While some women may think this boot trend is reserved only for those with an edgier sense of style, the vast array of moto boots make this an easy style to adopt into any wardrobe.
If you’re looking to incorporate a little drama into your shoe game, consider snagging a pair of over-the-knee boots. This trend can be found in leather or suede and both flat and heeled varieties, and they make your legs appear miles long. They can easily be worn over jeans or leggings, but they can also be paired with dresses and skirts to reveal a sexy sliver of skin while you’re otherwise bundled up. While they’re a little trickier to include in your typical shoe rotation, once you decide how best to style them, you’ll be reaching for them all winter long.
Found in various heights, the stacked heel is easily the most prevalent of boot trends found this season. Stacked heels are a little chunkier than your average heel and are more comfortable and easier to walk in than other heel types, making them the ideal style for everyday boots. If your style leans more toward the preppy side, a pair of stacked heel riding boots look great with skinny jeans and an oxford shirt, or you can opt for a loose-fitting top with a poncho and ankle booties for a more boho, relaxed vibe.