Bring! On! The! Boots! Excuse us if we seem over-excited about 2020 boot trends, but there’s truly no season like boot season. Don’t get us wrong, we love a strappy summer heel as much as the next girl, but boots? They’re made for walking, and we’re ready to strut this season. Whether it be a bright pop of colour, a new dimension to combat boots or letting your sock boots do the talking (oops walking), there’s a lot to love on this list, so get your wallet ready. Below, you’ll find seven boot trends you can expect to reign this year—plus ways to shop them all.
Combat boots have a timeless it-factor, no doubt thanks to their history. They were the boots of anti-establishment, punk rock and Madonna. So, if you’re going for a cool and casual look, this one by Gianvito Rossi is constructed from patent leather and fabric with sturdy soles and a 20mm block heel.
And even if this boot trend’s perennial coolness isn’t news, there has never been a year when adding a pair to your wardrobe has made more sense as it’s durable enough to handle the tough year that is 2020!
Like dad sandals, tweed is the latest in a long line-up of trends that are breaking free of their uncool associations and enjoying some much-needed attention from the fashion crowd. This release by Charles & Keith gets bonus points for the easy-to-wear side zip closure that promises a snug fig.
With a sturdy sculptural heel that will freshen up your OOTD (outfit of the day for you non-Gen-Z ladies), venture out of your comfort zone and experiment with tweed by adding this heeled ankle boots to your collection.
Cut Out Boots
Bare all to the world, my friends, including your socks (or feet, if you’re down with that). In 2020, cut-out boots are sure to be the unexpected trend you see everywhere. Chloe’s cut-out booties are a guaranteed look that goes great from fall to summer.
Plus – practically speaking, the addition of a chunky heel makes them actually walk-able. Grab your coolest socks or dare to go sock-less with these cut-out boots.
Knee High Boots
Unlike ankle boots, which sometimes leave parts of your skin exposed to the nippy winter elements, thigh-high boots have you covered—literally. The classic style features a shaft that hits mid-thigh and is often fitted to your legs, leaving no weird ripples and bumps.
Meet the Stuart Weitzman Tieland, a stretch suede style with drawstrings at the top to keep this stretch-suede pair from riding down, while satin lining ensures they slip on comfortably. Sure, they look fabulous on leggy models, but could a non-model (a.k.a. most of us out there) pull off the look? Hell yeah.
Pops of Colour Boots
The brighter, the better in 2020. While neutral boots will definitely be seen everywhere this fall and winter, so will pops of colour boots. This eye-popping trend is a fun one to play around with in any season and can add some colour to dreary winter days as well.
In particular, this Steve Madden pair comes with details such as a fun lace-up and chic buckle. The multi-tone finish makes it easy to match this pair with almost anything.
There’s a new boot du jour doing the rounds this season; identifiable by its sock-like, clingy appearance, this shoe trend first emerged on the autumn/winter runways! A hybrid of socks and ankle boots, they come to us in various textures: leather, velvet and PVC, and lengths – midi, knee and then the somewhat frightening thigh-highs.
The best bit? They give the ultra-flattering illusion of super slim ankles due to their stretchy hugging effect. Plus, Jimmy Choo’s Saber sock boot has a marble effect heel that steals the show and the fitted silhouette will keep your ankles toasty warm when teaming them with a midi-skirt or cropped pants.
Square Toe Slouchy Boots
You’ve probably already dipped your toe in this trend at some point this summer but the footwear update this season is the square toe; from two-tone boots to neutral hues and mules, the square toe a key signature detail across all styles. Add that to the fact that Aldo has embracing this trend shows that the unconventional sole works just as well in tougher styles such as boots.
Now you know why our obsession with this new boot style runs deep. Call it the Bottega Effect, but after seasons and seasons of pointed-toe shoes reigning supreme, the square toe is making a triumphant comeback.