The Coolest Fall Boots For Every Budget

Every year, we embark on a quest to find the unicorn of fall boots. It has to be comfortable, regardless of heel height. It has to go with everything in our wardrobe — we mean everything, from office clothes to going-out garb. It has to be interesting enough so that we won't get bored wearing it every other day for the remainder of the year. (A little black bootie is fun and all, but it needs a little something extra to keep us interested.) In nurturing our obsession, we've developed and fine-tuned this checklist to make sure our seasonal investments are worth it. And it hasn't let us down yet.

So no matter how much you're looking to spend this season, we found the best boots for every budget, from the super-savers to the big spenders.
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Under $100
Never met a black bootie we didn't like.
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Waterproof and shock-absorbent, this little blue bootie is ready for any and every adventure.
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The extra-wide elastic front makes this style a Chelsea-sock boot hybrid, so consider it a two-in-one deal.
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Just as versatile as your worn-to-death black ankle booties — but with added polish and height.

Primark Almond Block Heel Chelsea Boot, $26, available at Primark.
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A studded strut is much more powerful.
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Video killed the radio star.
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Zipped up and ready to go.
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Red-hot lace-ups to start the season off on the right foot.
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$100 to $250
Half sneaker, half bootie, all awesome.
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No, you didn't misread the brand — this is the chicest rain boot around.
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This lace-up hits two trends with one stone — colorblocking and contrast soles.
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Seeing marsala.
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You love Docs for the grungy look and reliable durability. These check off on both count, only not everyone has them.
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The higher the heel, the closer to heaven.
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$250 to $500
Studs on suede lend a rockstar vibe to this everyday boot.
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Warning: These electric booties are not for the faint of heart.
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Come to the wild side, we have cute shoes.
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When your chain necklace matches the chain trim on your boot — accessorizing level: pro.
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Who needs a disco ball?
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To go with your 1900s-inspired ruffles.
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Iridescent adolescent.
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Blue is the sleekest color.
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Olive you, zipped boots. I really do.
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When mixing textures requires no effort on your part.
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Still on that '70s suede train.
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Post-Labor Day whites are most convincing in combat-boot form.
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One of the few times when being two-faced is a good thing.
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