Worn by everyone from bikers to street-style stars, combat boots are classically cool (much like their cousin, the leather jacket). Worn with jeans and a tee, they provide a solid, almost neutral base to a casual outfit; or when paired with a floral dress, combat boots add a bit of much-needed edge. Look for a ones with chunky, all-weather treads that hit just above the ankle, like those by Alexander Wang, above.
Try: G by Guess Peeder Boots, $79; at Macys
One of the most luxe trends of the season, velvet, has a way of making any ensemble just a touch more glam. The sumptuous, soft fabric may not be the most practical (keep them out of the rain), but for sunny, dry days, a velvet boot shows some serious style savvy.
Try: Office Arch Enemy Velvet Ankle Boots, $71; at Selfridges
If there’s any trend we’ve been excited to try since seeing the Fall 2017 shows, it’s the embellished-footwear trend, which popped up on every runway from Chanel to Isabel Marant. Grab a pair of booties with allover embellishment (such as those by Saint Laurent, above), or, for a slightly more subtle take on the trend, with just a hint of eye-catching sparkle.
Try: Urazza Pull-On Booties, $99; at Nine West
Step aside, Millennial Pink: Red is here to stay. The primary color rocked the Fall runways, in every shade from can’t-miss crimson to deep, berry-stained burgundy. For versatility, we love a heeled bootie in a rich oxblood; the deep shade works as well as a neutral as it does an accent color.
Try: Zada Woven Ankle Bootie, $50; at Sole Society
Thigh-high boots — a favorite of the Kardashians and countless designers — might be the biggest footwear trend of Fall 2017, and it’s easy to see why. At once fashion-forward, sexy and playful, up-to-there boots are major statement makers, and invariably add a stylish spring to any step. Wear them over jeans or with a dress — just be sure to try them on before buying, since a poor fit around the leg can make walking seriously difficult.
Try: Over-the-Knee Boots, $88; at Express