The 5 (Best) Boot Styles for Fall 2017
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Boots: fall’s must-have and as ubiquitous as a wool scarf, but with the power to make or break your entire outfit. Before replacing last year’s black booties with another, less-worn pair, consider upgrading your staple shoe altogether. We’ve gathered the season’s most-buzzed-about boot trends, plus shoppable links for you to refresh your soles. From winter whites to slouchy, over-the-knee styles, there’s something for everyone to break out of their comfort zone and, perhaps, slip into a pair of silver space boots.
Fashion color forecasters accurately predicted the crimson craze we find ourselves in this season. The eye-catching, grenadine hue is the perfect color for standout accessories, like ultra-thigh-high sock boots and stiletto booties. We’re also happy to see red having a moment outside of its holiday confines.
Athleisure is not exclusive to sneakers and slides. Balenciaga knows this better than anyone, which is why their uber-popular, sporty sock bootie has become the style du jour—bar none. Their slimming design, which comes in a variety of colors (including thigh-high versions), felt inescapable amongst street-stylers of Fashion Month—not that we’re complaining. We happen to love this boot, especially the way the sock style keeps its edge while balancing the stiletto stems and pointy toes.
Looking for a retro twist? Think stark white boots, which have gained serious traction as the new goes-with-everything shoe (a welcome relief from black on black on black). Off-White credited their version to the ’90s-era, off-duty style of Lady Di, but we think this look is serving up a serious go-go throwback. Whatever the origin, crisp white boots are proof that a good trend will always make a comeback.
Pairing a casual, slouchy boot with a skinny jean is classic, but rather obvious. This trend’s resurgence is thanks to the contemporary styling that elevates the look. Wearing the statement boot with a midlength skirt forces our gaze on the flattering, tapered ankle, making the clunky shoe look more streamlined and instantly chic.
Chanel’s fall 2017 collection launched a frenzy of celestial fashions—namely, the out-of-this-world, glittering metallic boot. It’s a surprisingly versatile trend and makes every outfit feel modern and cool. Karl Lagerfeld’s cap toe version (below, far left) is a favorite of street-stylers everywhere, but his are not the only ones catching our starry eyes. We love the way the sparkling finish has been adopted by other boot trends (slouchy thigh-highs, platform booties, et al.), and we plan to ride this futuristic fad into spring.
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