The best boots for strutting through fall in style
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Leaves are changing, the weather is cooling down, and fashion has turned once more toward the warm, cozy seasonal staples we’ve come to know and love. When you’re done shopping for your new favorite sweater, make sure to complete the outfit with a great pair of boots that look great, feel good, and boost your confidence whether you’re wearing them with a casual look for running errands or headed for a big night out.

We’ve chosen our favorites for every occasion, so keep reading to see which will have your feet looking autumnal chic in no time. You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn a commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing, expert advice and our own research. This revenue helps to fund journalism across The Independent.

Sante Wade Jummai Yellow

We’re carrying the western theme into autumn with us via these incredible snake print leather boots. An almond toe and stitching detail make them feel fresh, as does the rich golden tones. They also come in standard and wide sizing, with a range up to 46 Euro aka 13.5 US.

Sante Wade

Steve Madden Cobra Black Leather

If you’re following fashion and invested in a fantastic pair of wide leg pants or bell bottoms, you’ll love the way they look with these intense ‘70s inspired platforms.

A 2.5 inch platform in the front makes the towering five-inch heel feel like walking on air since your foot is still comparatively level. The graphic shape looks bold and cool, and you’ll love the confidence you get from such a dramatic height boost.

If you love this shape, check out the same double stacked platform style in a knee-high silhouette here.

Steve Madden

Jeffrey Campbell Hunts Boots in Brown

Brown is quintessential for autumnal dressing, and these gorgeous boots provide the perfect foundation to any dark academia look you might choose to build. Just imagine them peeking out from under a roomy tweed trouser and voluminous blouse tucked into a handsome, fitted vest.

Jeffrey Campbell

Vagabond Shoemakers Cosmo 2.0 Chelsea Boot

Chelsea boots are a staple for a reason. They’re comfortable, effortless, and look stylish with everything. Grab this great pair for under $200 from Urban Outfitters and you’ll be set for years to come.

Vagabond Shoemakers

Dozen Roses Embroidered Western Boots

Where do you even begin with a pair of boots this gorgeous that will last you a lifetime?

The makers, Planet Cowboy, use a 120-step process to create each pair of stunning boots, so these are ideal for the wearer who appreciates traditional craftsmanship. The delicate florals are romantic and timeless, while the supple leather will only continue to look more beautiful with age. Invest in these and care for them properly, and they’ll carry you for decades with eye-catching western flair.

Planet Cowboy

Velore Colorblock Bootie

Mod, shiny, and color-blocked to boot, this sleek pair will have you kicking your heels together with joy as you saunter down the block looking better than anyone else you might pass. Buy if you are, like us, really feeling the swingin’ sixties mood this season.

Linea Paolo

Darton Over The Knee Boots

When given the chance to go big or go home, go big. These scarlet stunners will steal the show, so pair with a relatively neutral outfit otherwise to let them enjoy the spotlight the way they deserve.

Marc Fisher

Ardently Alabaster Chelsea Boots

White boots seem a little risky when you’re considering the dirt they’re sure to pick up as you wear, but getting these fresh ankle boots a little worn in only makes them that much cooler when you pair them with kicky cropped jeans and a great jacket this fall.

Chinese Laundry

Croc Square Toe Heeled Ankle Boots

Croc print leather is a great way to wade into the animal print world without taking on too bold a pattern. Try it in this ankle boot with a squared off toe for a fresh look this fall that’s just a touch edgy but classic enough to last for years.

Nasty Gal

Kolbie Chain Bootie

They’re a little goth, a lot witchy, and ideal for dressing up your sumptuous fall wardrobe. Now’s the time to indulge all your velvet fantasies with these luxe Stuart Weitzmans.

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Stuart Weitzman


These neutral stilletos evoke the shape of the Balenciaga sock boot but with better heels and a much better price tag. Try wearing them with an all-camel or tan look for a chic take on monochromatic fashion for a stylish night out this season.

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