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West World: Western Styles Have Us Booting Up This Spring

Spring isn’t usually boot season, but this year we’ll make an exception. There’s a new style in town (cue the swinging saloon doors)—or, really, a rebooted classic that’s showing up in the major fashion cities. Lately, you’d be forgiven for mistaking the streets of Paris, New York and London this Fashion Week for Sweetwater’s dusty trails, with all the cool cowgirl footwear that’s roaming them.

We rustled up some of our favorite Western boots based on street-style looks we spotted. Here are the pairs we’d wear while riding off into the sunset.


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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.


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Hunter Boots Were Alive and Kicking at Glastonbury 2017 (Even Though It Barely Misted)

It was no mud bath this year. In fact, the Glastonbury Festival barely got a proper Sunday drizzle, which is far from usual for the legendarily mucky music fest (but given Britain’s recent heat wave, not a complete shocker). Nonetheless, tactical festival-goers donned their favorite Hunter wellies, just in case. And as you might expect, plenty of stylish celebs were in the mix, including Adwoa Aboah, Suki Waterhouse, Alexa Chung and Cara Delevingne.

Check out our slide show after the jump to see how the A-listers rocked their Hunter gear without a puddle to dodge.


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How to Wear Over-the-Knee Boots: A Street-Style Guide

As the weather starts to chill, we see stylish ladies in the world’s fashion hubs boot up. Although ankle-grazing booties are still popular, many fashion fans are taking their footwear to dramatic heights with thigh-high, over-the-knee boots.

Wearing an OTK (that’s industry shorthand) can initially seem daunting. Their sexy thigh-circling style might feel like too much for daywear or, for many, too much for any hour. Non-leggy ladies may also fear that their height will cause less-than-supermodel-length stems to seem squat. These are valid concerns, but we have a couple of tips to allay them.

How to Wear Over-the-Knee boots

Sofie Valkiers and Evangelie Smyrniotaki at Paris Fashion Week

A simple mini sheath dress is the easiest article of clothing to pair with extra-tall boots. These dresses keep things neat and short, allowing the boots to stand out, which they’ll do no matter what you wear. But by not overwhelming your look with too many layers or accessories, the boots act as an essential part of, rather than an excessive addition to, the outfit. Petite ladies will have the best success with this dress and boot combo.


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Everybody (No Hyperbole) Was Wearing Hunter Boots at Glastonbury 2016

Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne and Clara Paget attend Glastonbury Festival on June 24, 2016 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)

Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne and Clara Paget attend Glastonbury Festival on June 22, 2016, in Glastonbury, England.  Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images.

It’s almost tradition now—ever since Kate Moss was the first to be smart enough to slip on a pair of the rain boots with her teeny cutoffs in the ’90s, Hunter boots are the official footwear of Glastonbury. After all, the storied music festival gets muddy—and this year was thought by many to be the muckiest. But braving the elements is part of the fun, right?

In 2016, Moss’s kid sister, Lottie, was among the throngs of festivalgoers—along with Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung, the Delevingne sisters—who did likewise. See our slideshow after the jump to watch how the style set handles puddles while the music plays on.


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Hunter’s Creative Director Alasdhair Willis on Kate Moss, the Concept of Progressive Heritage and Living Through Magazines | Behind the Brand

Alasdhair-Willis-0183[2]British brand Hunter has transitioned in recent years from complete dedication to functional rubber boots to mattering on fashion runways, and has done so largely under the creative directorship of Alasdhair Willis—the distinguished brand builder who happens to be wedded to Stella McCartney.

On the phone, Willis told us everything began to change for Hunter when Kate Moss wore Hunter Wellies to Glastonbury in 2005. Fashion capital accrued forthwith.

We talked about Hunter walking the tightrope of emphasizing heritage while avoiding calcification, how BLITZ magazine saved a young Willis’s life—and we finally learned once and for all who made the first wetsuits (spoiler: it was Hunter).

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Related: Hunter’s spring ’16 collection

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How To: Buy Boots That Fit You Perfectly


Skinny ankles? Extra-curvy calves? Buying boots—especially online—can sometimes feel like you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. No more: Our crack video team hooked up with our amazing in-house shoe experts to answer the question once and for all, and well, the headline pretty much says it all.

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Step It Up: Via Spiga ‘Yolanda’ Boot

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Step It Up: Sam Edelman ‘Knox’ Boot

We have just two choice words for these Sam Edelman ‘Knox’ boots.

Rock. Stars.


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