My friend Karen has been in Paris this week, and I’ve been pestering her for style reports. She says that the popularity of sneakers shows no signs of waning. But she’s also seen a notable number of Western style ankle boots. Here too, I’ve noticed that many brands are including some version of a Western boot in their fall footwear collections.
As with any “inspired by” look, options range from literal to quite subtle. So what makes a boot “western?” First, a pointed, tapered or almond-shaped toe, often turned up slightly. Second, a stacked (often angled) heel. Stitching details can add to the “western” feel, but not all styles have them. Suede finishes will generally skew more casual, while smooth leather styles will have a more sleek and refined appearance.
Western Style Boots, Casual To Refined
I’m a big fan of ankle boots. I find them comfortable, easy to style, and great for travel. For this roundup, I’ve kept to options on the less literal end of the spectrum (which I think will be more versatile) and to styles with a heel of 2 inches or less.
Of course, Isabel Marant was out ahead of this a few seasons back with her “Dacken” boot, an update to her iconic “Dicker” boot that was de rigueur for the fashion set a few years back. (I succumbed to a pair too; they were incredibly comfortable.) This style seems a little less rugged than the Dicker, especially in this burgundy suede. (Her “Dewina” style is on the more literal end of the scale.)
Here’s one on the more budget-friendly end of the spectrum.
A slimmer shaft on this style (also available in beige and grey) means it can be layered more easily underneath longer pants.
If your style leans more Bohemian, these might be a nice choice. That little notch in the front of the shaft is not only a nice detail, but should make them more comfortable to walk in. Also available in black and a distressed grey.
For The Urban Cowgirls
I had a pair very similar to these in the early 90’s that I absolutely Wore. To. Death. I love that just-below-the-ankle height, which makes them versatile and extremely comfortable. (I’m on the lookout for a similar pair in chocolate or russet leather.)
And of course, something in leopard. Don’t be afraid to let a little coordinating hosiery peek out, especially once the weather turns cooler.
Knee boots seem to be making a comeback, at least from what I’m seeing online and IRL.
This is a new-to-me brand from Spain (Wonders, h/t to Nancy). I haven’t tried these boots yet, but have tried some of their shoes and have found them quite comfortable. At any rate, I think they’re very good-looking!
The styles I’ve been able to find in wide calf boots have been more “riding boot” than “western boot,” but I’m keeping my eyes open and will update with anything promising.
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