Home / Life / Beauty & Style / Beauty & Style Shopping Guides 22 fall boots we’re crushing on this season From chunky lace-up styles to neutral-hued Chelsea boots, these are the fall boots that aren't to be missed. By Sara Goldstein Updated September 14, 2023 We independently select and share the products we love—and may receive a commission if you choose to buy. Forget pumpkin spice. Boots are the real superstar of fall. And while good ones should last for years, there’s nothing more exciting than a brand new pair that’s totally on trend. This season there are a lot of timeless styles in the spotlight, but lace-up combat, chelsea and cowboy boot styles are hitting hard. Less practical but totally swoon-worthy, foldover stunners and slouchy styles are hot and we have to admit, it makes us feel totally validated for holding onto those skinny jeans after all. As far as color, black obviously never goes out of style, but light neutrals (like taupe, sand and even white) make the case for stepping (see what I did there?) out of your comfort zone. And if you’re really feeling daring, pops of Wizard of Oz-esque red are having a moment. I live in Vermont which, admittedly, isn’t exactly a style mecca (I mean, the most fashion buzz we’ve ever gotten was for a pair of handmade mittens.) It is, however, boot season approximately nine months out of the year, so trust me when I tell you that I’ve owned more than my fair share. I’ve spent countless hours internet shopping for styles all across the spectrum and it truly would be a shame to let that hard work go to waste. Here are some of the not-to-be-missed fall boots of 2023 Cowboy boot styles Dingo • $199.95 Croc Embossed Western Boot This classic Western silhouette features croc-embossed leather that adds a bit of easy-to-wear flair. The 2.5 inch heel gives a nice lift, but isn’t too much for everyday! SHOP NORDSTROM Free People • $398 Wild West Thigh High Boots Add to cart, gather up your girls, and book that trip to Nashville. With their whiskey-hued suede and intricate embroidered details, these thigh high numbers will stun up and down Broadway, morning to night. SHOP FREE PEOPLE Universal Thread • $49.99 Women's Sommer Western Boots For a classic look that won’t break the bank, this low-heeled pair from Target’s Universal Thread pairs with practically everything. SHOP TARGET Modern rain boots Everlane • $85 Rain Boot Far less cumbersome than your typical rain boots, the Everlane rain boots are the only shoe that can tromp around the dog park and out for drinks with the girls without missing a beat. SHOP EVERLANE Bogs • $170 Holly Lace Leather Turns out, the folks who make the absolute best boots for kids ever know a thing or two about boots for moms as well. These stylish hikers are completely waterproof, insanely comfortable and stylishly rugged. I have a similar pair from a few years ago that I’ve probably worn hundreds of times through fall and winter and the look nearly as good as day one. Highly recommend! SHOP BOGS Foldover boot styles Toral • $523 Berta Foldover Boots A fresh take on a 1980s style, foldover boots are making their way to the top of the fall trend scoreboard. This pair comes with a serious price tag, but we can’t help obsessing over the buttery soft leather and sandy tone. Throw them on with an A-line utility skirt and a cozy cashmere fisherman sweater and you’re the epitome of quiet luxury. SHOP REVOLVE Steve Madden • $159.99 Fallon Black Leather Boots To get the look without spending a fortune, opt for this sleek style from Steve Madden. With a pointy toe and block heel they feel both familiar and fresh at the same time. SHOP STEVE MADDEN Free People • $378 Take Me to Texas Tall Boots Well, well, well. If there were a pair of boots that aimed to check every Fall 2023 trend box, these would be it. A sleek but slouchy shaft? Check. Western styling? Sure thing. Foldover detail? You got it. Sold! SHOP FREE PEOPLE Lace-up combat boots Dr. Martens • $210 Sinclair Like everything else ’90s fashion, combat-style boots are back big time. But find me a mom with the time to lace those puppies up while also doing battle with kids who can’t put their own shoes on… That’s where this twist on Doc Marten’s classic really shines. The zip front makes them practically a slip on but you still have the option to lace them up if you want to. SHOP DR. MARTENS Wild Fable • $40 Women's Zea Combat Boots Boot shopping on a budget? Get the Doc’s look for less than $50 bucks with this highly-rated version from Tar-jay! SHOP TARGET Palladium • $135 Revolt Boot TX While the closest you may get to Burning Man is sandbox and bonfire in the backyard, the boldly rugged Palladium Revolt Boot TX will be ready if plans change. The brand, which began as a manufacturer of airplane tires in the 1920s, has evolved over the decades, offering footwear that adapts to any terrain. These days, you can spot them left and right at muddy music festivals. Their chunky rubber soles and wraparound mud guard keep them looking fresh through every adventure. (Even if that’s just apple picking.) SHOP PALLADIUM Sorel • $200 Caribou X Boot Lace As a Sorel devotee, I can say with confidence that their boots are made to survive the apocalypse and look good while doing it. My Joan of Arc Chelsea boots from 2019 are still going strong, but this year I’m looking for an update. I’ve got my eye on these chunky bad boys which offer a break from the traditional black options and a silhouette that’s just funky enough to be eye catching. And that pop of orange? So autumnal! Like the majority of their styles, the leather is waterproof and wipeable, so no need stress about your kid stepping all over your feet. (Why do they always manage to do that?) SHOP SOREL Dr. Martens • $220 Gaya 10-Eye Alternative Leather Heeled Boots As the quintessential combat boot purveyor, we can’t help add just one more Dr. Martens style to our list. After all, we’re absolutely smitten with this chic twist on a classic. The mixed leather construction, chunky flared heel and ankle strap detail combine to create a stage-ready look. And with the flexible sole, you can still keep up the more likely scenario–chasing down toddlers. SHOP DR. MARTENS Refreshed chelsea boots Sorel • $190 Caribou Chelsea Chelsea boots have been a fall staple for many a season (hello, easy pull on!), but this year we’re loving styles chunkier soles, like the waterproof Caribou Chelsea from Sorel. The waterproof construction and slip-resistant sole means they can cruise right into winter with some warm wool socks. SHOP SOREL Frankie4 • $274 Nina Chelsea Let’s normalize everyday sparkle from here on out, ok? Seriously, there is nothing stopping you from adopting these glittery gals as your signature style. They’re surprisingly easy to incorporate into all kinds of wardrobe styles, including a T-shirt and jeans. Especially a T-shirt and jeans. They’re an instant punch up with little effort and check multiple 2023 style boxes. SHOP NORDSTROM Nisolo • $250 Dari Boot It’s my humble opinion that every wardrobe can use a pair of well-made black ankle boots. This year, I’m completely smitten with the waterproof, pointy toed gorgeousness from Nisolo. And besides being made from soft, high-quality leather, Nisolo also assures that they’re crafted with the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility. SHOP NISOLO Riding boots Sam Edelman • $200 Penny Boot A timeless classic through and through, the Sam Edelman Penny Boot is elegantly preppy and sophisticated, but still super comfortable. The 16.75 inch shaft looks amazing with everything from jeans and a blazer to a sweater dress. SHOP SAM EDELMAN Softwalk • $174.95 Inara Knee High Boot Practical but polished, these knee high equestrian-inspired boots have a rubber sole to keep you from slipping while you wander through the leaves. SHOP Slouchy boots Free People • $278 Tabby Tall Boots Look at you, trendsetter. Pair these slouchy, ocean-hued numbers with everything from your favorite jeans and 90s flannel to tunic style sweater dresses and be on point all season long. SHOP FREE PEOPLE A version of this story was published September 30, 2021. It has been updated.