5 Boot Trends That Will Define Fall 2021

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If there's one key buy for fall, it's a fresh pair of boots. As someone who has a bit of a boot obsession, I find myself investing in a great new silhouette to carry me through the season, so I always keep my eye on the biggest new trends. If the F/W 21 collections are any indication, boots are going to be huge for the season ahead, and there are some silhouettes we already know will be defining themselves as the It buys.

We saw designers—including The Row, Khaite, and Thebe Magugu—focused on a "legs in leather" approach to getting dressed, where boots in a variety of cool shapes were a major focal point of each look. Styling was top of mind as well, with knee-high boots most often paired with micro hemlines instead of jeans or trousers as we saw in past seasons. One thing is for certain: There are so many cool silhouettes coming down the pipeline that I'm very ready for. Here, see the five fall boot trends that are about to be huge.

A major style in the F/W 21 collections? Boots with tall, above-the-knee silhouettes that have a decidedly slouchy finish. They're almost pant-like and remind me of the relaxed leather trousers that were popular in the past few seasons.

Shop the trend:

Staud Aimee Boots ($495)

Proeza Schouler Boyd Boots ($975)

Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini Over-the-Knee Boots With Buckle ($695)

BY FAR Gwen Boots ($236)

Khaite Volos Boots ($1780)

Knee-high boots are a classic shape for fall, but this time around, they're super sleek. They have an eveningwear quality to them, which makes them the perfect shoe style to pair with going-out looks like dresses and miniskirts.

Shop the trend:

Manu Atelier Knee High Multipanel XX Duck Boots ($373)

Paris Texas Moc Croco Stiletto Heel Tall Boots ($880)

Wandler Lina Long Boots ($430)

Schutz Maryana Tall Boots ($238)

Wandler Isa Long Boots ($383.5)

Another over-the-knee boot silhouette is in the fold, but this style is more formfitting than the slouchy styles above. Look for smooth leather and a mid-thigh rise to tap into this polished trend.

Shop the trend:

Stuart Weitzman Reserve Tall Boots ($695)

Bottega Veneta Over-the-Knee Boots ($1530)

Saint Laurent Over the Knee Boot ($1495)

BY FAR Carlos Boots ($368)

H&M Thigh-High Boots ($50)

If you're someone who is always willing to try out the most trend-forward pieces, platform boots are the style for you. They made a huge statement at Versace and Molly Goddard and fit into the larger platform-shoe trend that swept the runways.

Shop the trend:

Eytys Ortega Leather Boots ($520)

Stella McCartney Skyla Platform Boots ($895)

Franco Sarto Janna Over the Knee Boot ($159)

Versace Leather Platform Boots ($1550)

H&M Platform Ankle Boots ($35)

This trend may be a bit more niche, but who doesn't love when functional, practical shoes are also trend-forward? Moon boots were pretty much inescapable on the F/W 21 runways—a shoe style that fits nicely into the ski-inspired fashion we saw everywhere in the collections.

Shop the trend:

Moon Boots Snow Boots ($195)

The North Face Ozone Park Waterproof Boot ($150)

Moon Boots Faux Fur Snow Boots ($235)

Fendi Genuine Shearling Lined Weather Resistant Ski Boot ($1190)

Moncler Ginette Boots ($495)

Next: The 10 Biggest Trends to Know About for Fall 2021

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