Shop 20 Pairs Of Cowboy Boots

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In a literal sense, cowboy boots can be tricky to work into your wardrobe. Unless you live somewhere that calls for the sturdy silhouette, they have a tendency to feel (and look) out of place. But over the decades, designers of all sizes have started churning out their own spins on the Western style, giving those who want something a bit more fashion focused the chance to take part in the trend, regardless of their geographical location.

Though the famed workwear boot may be designed with function at the forefront, if you’re familiar with the process of purchasing an authentic pair, then you know they’re meant to be unique. From the classic Western stitching to the pops of color to the embroidered or embossed details, each pair is infused with personality. Meaning, you’re bound to find a set that aligns with your personal aesthetic.

If you’re not sure where to begin, just ahead is a breakdown of the five types of cowboy boots currently on the market—plus a well-curated selection of the best cowboy boots to help you re-create the look yourself.

The Wear-with-Anything Boot

The thing about cowboy boots is that at first glance, they’re not all that versatile. Luckily, there are more pared-back options with all the makings to become your new everyday signature—but with a Western twist. Khaite’s Dallas ankle boots have remained a fan favorite for seasons, while Isabel Marant’s signature style with the cone-shaped heel dates back to the mid-2000s, perching them on the cusp of the nostalgic Y2K bubble.

The Wear-with-Anything Boot

Dallas Leather Ankle Boot

A core staple in Khaite’s collections, the Dallas ankle boot is available in a range of iterations, including black leather and camel-colored suede.

The Wear-with-Anything Boot

Luliette Embroidered Suede Ankle Boot

Isabel Marant’s ankle boot is instantly recognized by the manageable cone heel and subtle Western stitching.

The Wear-with-Anything Boot

Maryana Flare Leather Boot

Schutz’s Maryana boot is updated with a flared heel, making it a comfortable alternative to classic cowboy boots.

Intricate details are a key feature of all the best cowboy boots. Whether that means embroidered flowers or paisley whipstitching, each pair is carefully crafted with an eye-catching design that will pop against monochromatic outfits. Wear a detailed boot with light-wash denim and a T-shirt to complete an all-American, off-duty ensemble that’s as chic as it is laid-back.

Devil Is in the Detail

Rosette Black Cowboy Boot

Between the intricately stitched design and sturdy leather, this Rosette boot has all the key features of a classic Western pair.

Devil Is in the Detail

Southern Belle Western Boot

The neutral color palette of this Idyllwind boot makes it as bold of an outfit paring as it is versatile.

Devil Is in the Detail

Calf-Length Leather Cowboy Boot

If you love Golden Goose’s distressed sneakers, you’ll love the brand’s take on cowboy boots just as much.

When you think of the Western trend in present day, it’s likely that bright colorful boots with metallic leathers come to mind. But in 2022, the fad presents itself in more modern ways, like fold-over boots from R13 and graphic sceneries à la Brother Vellies. One foolproof way to successfully pull off more eccentric pairs is to wear them with something equally as fun—think: exaggerated silhouettes and bold prints that complement, rather than clash, with their uniqueness.

Making a Statement

Eve Doodle Boot

Handmade in Mexico, Brother Vellies’ Doodle boot is the definition of a conversation starter.

Making a Statement

Flex Boot

There’s something so distinctly ’70s about the design of Toral’s Flex Boot.

Making a Statement

55mm Knee-High Leather Boot

Those looking for something completely unique should consider R13’s fold-over cowboy boot.

To feign a vintage feel, many designers finish their cowboy boots with retro details and distressed materials that resemble something you’d find in your favorite secondhand shop. Consider styles made from materials meant to get better with each wear, like nubuck or pebble-grained leather. And those who are looking for something a little bolder should opt for tactile, faux exotics.

A Vintage Appeal

Solei Western Boot

Follow model Amar Akway’s lead and wear yours with denim, tucked in, of course.

A Vintage Appeal

Natara Western Bootie

Crafted from pebbled leather, this Natara boot will only get better with each wear.

A Vintage Appeal

Serpent-Print Ankle Boot

The It-girl label’s take on the Western boot is emblazoned in a snake-printed leather and a sharp pointed toe.

The No-Pants-Necessary Boot

To be clear: By no pants, we mean bare legs. One can achieve this look with oversized pullovers, T-shirt dresses (with or without biker shorts), or micro miniskirts and denier tights to underpin the over-the-knee height. Remember, the boots are the star of the look. So keep the rest of the pairings minimal and let them shine.

The No-Pants-Necessary Boot

Amigo Boot

The studded Amigo boot finds the perfect balance between tradition and style.

The No-Pants-Necessary Boot

Seductress Western Boot

Dress it up or down—your choice.

The No-Pants-Necessary Boot

Western-Style Knee-High Boots

Emulate the Danish brand’s cool factor by styling your boots with biker shorts and your favorite collegiate sweatshirt, off duty.

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