The official first day of fall is quickly approaching, which means it's time to start all of your seasonal shoe shopping. Naturally, first on the list is boots. Since boot weather isn't quite in full swing, it can be hard to gauge which trends are actually going to be everywhere this season, but thanks to the experts ahead, we've got the inside scoop. I reached out to buyers, fashion directors, and editors of major retailers to find out which boot trends have already been selling like crazy this early on in the game.
Thanks to Libby Paige, senior fashion market editor at Net-a-Porter, Caroline Maguire, fashion director at Shopbop, and Alison Stiefel, general manager at ShopStyle, you've got an insider's look at the fall boot trends all the savviest shoppers will be wearing once the temperatures allow. From rubber wellies to classic over-the-knee styles, the data-fueled list ahead is the place to start your fall boot shopping.
"Practicality is the buzzword of the season when it comes to boots. Chunky Chelsea boots, combat boots, and even rubber wellington styles have dominated the Net-a-Porter buy. This fusion of fashion meets comfort has really resonated with our customers. Our hero buys include The Row's zip bootie and Bottega Veneta's rubber sole style."—Libby Paige, senior fashion market editor, Net-a-Porter
"Fall weather is upon us, and I am obsessing over easy pull-on boots with chunky platform soles for the season. I love the ease of laceless slug boots. They're a timeless style and the pull-on design makes them both versatile and chic."—Caroline Maguire, fashion director, Shopbop
"This season, ShopStyle is seeing consumers branch out from athleisure wear—which dominated in the spring and summer months—and shop for traditional fall products like boots. Specifically, shoppers are searching for over-the-knee boots (+55% YoY), snakeskin boots (+51% YoY), combat boots (+49% YoY), and ankle boots (+37% YoY). The top searched brands for boots over the past two months include Stuart Weitzman (+78% YoY), Fendi (+75% YoY), Isabel Marant (+69% YoY) and Sam Edelman (+65% YoY).”—Alison Stiefel, general manager, ShopStyle
"The Western-inspired classic has a new look, reinterpreted by the likes of Bottega Veneta, Sunflower x Buttero and Acne Studios. Semi-gloss leather, new toe shapes (square is key), and non-traditional heels."—Celenie Laura Fleur Seidel, senior womenswear fashion editor, Farfetch