A wardrobe is incomplete without a pair of black boots. The dark-washed shoe in suede, lycra (sock boots!), velvet, leather or whatever other material tickles your foot fancy, is versatile, can be dressed up or down and goes with almost everything. And this fall, designers didn't skimp on their boot game: From slinky over-the-knee iterations to itty bitty kitten heels, the footwear market is full of fresh styles that speak to all sorts of soles.
Even though there's an increasing enthusiasm for colored or colorless footwear — see street style army of red and white shoe wearers — black boots pair exceedingly well with your entire sweater collection. And what's more, dozens of fast-fashion retailers and contemporary labels have played with the closet staple by adding metal accents, pearl embellishments and elephant (yes, the giant zoo animal) heels, so this season's crop of styles are anything but boring. They've also updated classic silhouettes, such as the ankle-hitting Chelsea boot ( a classic Harry Styles fave), and brought the Balenciaga-style sock boots to the masses. But perhaps the greatest aspect of these cold-weather shoes is that they conceal our fuzzy socks, which are practically glued to our feet from November to February.
Ahead we've rounded up 39 options in a range of styles and prices. Browse and shop them all in the gallery below.
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