There's a lot to love about the black Chelsea boots that have ruled our fall wardrobes for the last few seasons: they go with everything. They're easy to walk in. They make you feel light and jaunty, like a "Can't Buy Me Love"-era Beatle. But, let's be real: They're also a bit boring.
Luckily, designers are psychic. They knew we needed some excitement, so they went to town with the boots this season. They got crazy, in fact. The fall 2016 runways brought us ankle booties made out of crushed velvet in every imaginable hue; skintight thigh-highs in impossibly stretchy leather; block-heeled platforms so tall and daunting that even Daphne Guinness or Lady Gaga might give pause. In short, this season's boots are the kind that make strangers nudge and point when you walk by.
This is great, because in a time when everything else seems pretty dire, it's nice to be able to have some fun footwear choices to cheer you up. As they say, life is short. If you want to pick up prescriptions at Duane Reade in a pair of furry, lug-soled hiking boots with sparkly laces, who's to stop you? No one, that's who.
Below, you can browse some of the season's kookiest, most glorious boot trends — 99 pairs to be exact! Shop them all at every price, from budget to break-the-bank, in the galleries below.
This category is filled with rugged soles, metal eyelets and enough shearling to help you embrace your inner hiker. Plus, they'll keep your tootsies warm all season, too.
Easy-to-wear shapes and walkable heel heights get a dose of '80s rocker-chic with snake-like textures. Sure, these make a statement, but they're also surprisingly neutral.
This trend is naughtier than it appears at first glance — there are ruffles, bows and pointy-toe silhouettes with laces that wind up the foot like corsets. But if you're not going for sex appeal, there are plenty of more demure options as well.
This season's best over-the-knee boots don't stop at the top of the patella. They go much higher — all the way up the thigh — almost like a pair of leather pants with shoes attached. If you've ever wanted to create the illusion of having model-log legs, these are the ultimate solution.
Sparkle on, Sparkle Baby. The future is now.
The Second Skin
Sock-like booties made of stretchy fabrics (like velvet, seen above) are super-cozy and hug your every move. For style bonus points, top them off with actual socks that peek out from the top.
The West World
Embroidery, cutouts, studs and buckles. Yes, folks, cowboy boots are back, and they've received a very high fashion update this season.
Extra-high clunkers lend a retro raver vibe to your every day jeans-and-sweater combo.
The White Night
Meet your new go-to black booties. They're white.
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