Fall boot season is in full swing. And when a new boot season arrives, it’s fun to explore the newest trends in boot styles.
I’m a boot gal all fall and winter. That’s pretty much it for except for an oxford or sneaker thrown in here and there. Incorporating new boot style trends keeps things interesting and keeps me from feeling that I’m wearing the same thing on repeat day after day for the next six or seven months.
Lug Sole Trend
This season one of the most prevalent and interesting styles I’m seeing is boots with lug soles. I’m serious. There are Chelsea* and combat style boots with lug soles. A lug sole is a thick rubber sole that has deep indentations in a pattern.
This would normally seem to me a style suited specifically to women in their 20s and 30s. But my general style philosophy, and one that I advocate for all women, is to be open to trying trends and to remember that it’s only clothes (which I think of as grown up women’s playthings).
I’ve just ordered these Blondo boots with a lug sole in black. Blondo is a brand I like because their shoes are waterproof! Score! Style and rain friendly! Even better, they’re on sale right now.
*Why are they called Chelsea boots? Chelsea boots inherited their name from their popularity in Chelsea, an affluent and trendy area of London, during the 50s and 60s, particularly on the ‘mod’ scene.
Cuban Heels & Cowboy Styles
Other trends we’ll see this season are western-inspired or cowboy style boots, and Cuban heel styles (see heel types below). I’ve been a fan of Cuban heel style boots for a long time but didn’t know the heel had a name. It gives a sharp silhouette and can be dressed up or down. Plus the thickness and height of this heel style make it easy to wear.
White boots are something to try. I bought a pair a couple of years ago and have loved styling them with all kinds of looks and outfit colors, including all black. I challenge you to give the look a try. You’ll be surprised at all the attention the look stirs up. (Check out the full post on white boots.)
If you like the look of a stiletto boot but need a little more stability, fake-out heels are for you. They’re basically slim rectangles that look like block heels from the back and stilettos from the side.
Different Heel Types – Who Knew?
We know there are a variety of different heel heights and styles of heels. But I didn’t realize the heel types have names! Here are some of the more popular and widely used heels that we find on boots:
Check out the variety below (image credit: StyleWile.com). Most of these heel styles can be found in boots as well as shoes.
So What’s In and What’s Out?
It’s the way of fashion to hear different opinions and predictions from different sources. And this fall’s boot trends are no exception. According to some in-the-know fashion sources, these are boot styles we may want to kiss goodbye this year:
Traditional cowboy boots (unless you live in cowboy country)
Basic ankle boots (I’m going to reject this and keep wearing my basic ankle boots! They are still a fall boot staple.)
Other sources tell us just the opposite: slouchy boots and cowboy boots are still a yes.
So what’s a gal to do if she wants to keep up with trends? My advice is to wear what you like. Confidence is the best style statement and it’s always on trend.
Browse Fall Boot Styles
I went a little crazy curating this selection of boot styles for you to browse or shop. It’s like a faux shopping trip for me to discover styles at some of my favorite retailers. Enjoy browsing! Maybe you’ll find the perfect boot to add to your fall/winter wardrobe.