It’s the most wonderful time of the year, folks. No, not the holidays (yet); it’s boot season. While block-heel booties and riding boots will never go out of style, it's always a good idea to brush up on the season’s biggest footwear trends—especially when you can try them out at a price point that works for your budget. From modern Chelsea boots to the new over-the-knee style, here are four fall boot trends you’ll want to take for a spin over the next few months.
4 Trendy Boot Styles You Should Know for Fall, from Wellies to Thigh-Highs
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1. Combat Boots
Searches for combat boots are on the rise for both men and women this fall, according to Lyst. And this edgy style is surprisingly versatile. Worn with an all-black ensemble, it’s punk chic. But paired with a floaty floral dress? It creates an au courant masculine-feminine contrast. Still think it’s too Courtney Love for your taste? Consider that even Kate Middleton is on board.
2. Thigh-high Boots
There are over-the-knee boots that barely cover your kneecaps, and then there are thigh-high boots that cover 75 percent of your gams and look just like a second skin. When paired with a slightly longer skirt or dress, the latter can almost pass for leggings—and that’s why we love them so. While it might take a little patience to pull these babies on, the payoff is oh so worth it, and they work with pretty much every skirt or dress, regardless of length. If you’re dedicated to pants, they’ll also work with your skinniest jeans. Just make sure to find a not-too-pointy toe shape and flat to medium heel height (we love a block heel), to hit this trend spot on.
3. Thick-sole Chelsea Boots
Though Chelsea boots will probably never go out of style—for good reason—this season’s take on the classic Chelsea has a tougher, more rugged spin. A chunky, lug sole replaces the sleek leather sole of the traditional Chelsea boot, for an almost combat boot-like effect (double trending, for the win). You can wear these just as you would your favorite Chelsea boots, with jeans of any wash or sleek, straight trousers, but we especially love the contrast between this style and a daintier dress.
4. Fashion-y Wellies
It’s not that regular rainboots are unfashionable, it’s just that there have never been so many spiced-up options to protect your feet from puddles while also making a sartorial statement. You can opt for a two-tone moment like the kicks pictured above or try out a chunky, heeled version—the point is to inject a little je ne sais quoi into weather-appropriate footwear. You almost won’t mind that it’s pouring. (Emphasis on almost.)