Stomp Through Our Field Guide To Fall’s 6 Trendiest Boots

We're in luck: there's a host of very cool, cold-weather-friendly, and trend-follower-approved boots at our shopping disposal this season. While the previous years have dictated boots with higher heels and less cushy insoles, the clod-hopping boots of fall 2020 are nothing if not supportive and foot-hugging — and we took to Instagram to hunt down the best street-style shots of these six most popular soles.

While you will find a few heels in the upcoming assortment, for the most part, this season’s boot are derived from a common lug-soled ancestor. The kicks of 2020 are no shrinking violets, instead, they'll be leaving big footprints and taking up a lot of real estate (on the pavement and in your closets). For better or for worse, this year is going to be remembered as an impactful one — so it makes sense that the current footwear is no exception.

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Ahead, take a stomp through our field guide to the biggest boot trends for fall.

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Contrast Topstiched Boots


Don’t be fooled — these aren’t your basic black or white kicks. The addition of subtle contrast stitching makes these fall boots just a little more interesting than last season’s.
ASOS DESIGN Rachel chunky chelsea boots in black, $72.00 $61.20 Buy
Proenza Schouler Topstitched leather Chelsea boots, $795.00 Buy
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Ganni Belly Croc Western Boot, $495.00 Buy

Statement Soles


Be on the lookout for square-toed or western-style boots with soles that extend past the shoe’s imprint, like a cobbler cut it a little too big and slapped it on anyway. 
EYTYS Gaia Leather Boots in Black, $495.00 Buy
Mango Squared toe leather ankle boots, $149.99 Buy
Loeffler Randall Bridget Chelsea Combat Boots, $395.00 Buy
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Hiking Boots


It should come as a surprise to absolutely no one that hiking boots are reaching new heights in the hands of the fashion flock. Brands like Acne and Proenza Schouler are pushing the outdoorsy trend to extreme and colorful proportions, resulting in shoes that are ready for the forest trail and the runway.
Acne Studios Trekking platform sneakers, $700.00 Buy
Timberland Euro Hiker Mixed-Media Waterproof Boots, $130.00 Buy
L.L. Bean Waterproof Katahdin Hiking Boots, $119.00 $99.99 Buy

Lug-Sole-Gap Boots


Lug-soled boots are everywhere this season, but we’ve got our eyes on a particular type of tread that looks like it’s missing its midsection.
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Villa Rouge Packer Chelsea Boots, $195.00 Buy
Paloma Barcelo Mararis Boot, $469.00 Buy
Mango Leather boots with track sole, $149.99 Buy

Flare Heel Boots


The delicate stilettos and kitten heels of the previous seasons have bulked up in all the right places, resulting in an hourglass-shaped heel that lends these fancy fall boots a vintage vibe.
Raid Kate flared heel ankle boots in black croc, $64.00 $57.60 Buy
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Brother Vellies Brandy Boot in Whiskey, $795.00 Buy
Topshop VIVA Red Flared Boots, $150.00 Buy

Knee-High Sock Boots



This isn’t just any “OTK” boot — this is a second-skin, Spandex-kissed iteration that clings to your gams for dear life. We will accept suede versions of this clingy footwear, but those who want to remain faithful to the shoe’s ‘90s roots should definitely choose a nylon version. 
ASOS DESIGN Georgia over the knee wellie boot in black, $48.00 $33.60 Buy
& Other Stories Tall Leather Sock Boots, $279.00 Buy
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Suzanne Rae Over-The-Knee Boot, $750.00 Buy

Lace-Up Boots


This season, we’ve got a Victorian-era penchant for boots that lace up sky-high. Luckily, most of these have side zips, so that you don’t have to spend your whole morning putting them on.
Off-White Lace-Up Suede Boots, $1280.00 Buy
Silent D Prairie Lace-Up Boots, $180.00 Buy
Vagabond Shoemakers Vagabond Shoemakers Suede Lace-Up Boot, $180.00 Buy
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