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As the seasons get colder, the switch from toe-baring sandals to closed-toed shoes becomes inevitable. And while tucking your feet away for fall may be an unfortunate sign of winter coming, thankfully super stylish boots can help soften the blow.
But finding that perfect pair of fall boots? Now, that can be tricky.
The perfect pair of fall boots will take you from summer to fall, acting as a transitional closet staple. They can also extend their wear past the fall season, becoming your go-to for milder winter weather — you know, the times when the snow isn’t falling, but the temperatures are chilly. They also need to last, champing it out through unpredictable end-of-year weather.
In The Know’s shopping editors have tried countless fall boots to bring you the absolute best of the best. These are the boots that top our personal lists, becoming staples in our own closet and the picks we tell all our friends to buy — and, yes, that includes you.
Shop: Dr. Martens Wincox Smooth Leather Buckle Boots, $160
“Fall is arguably the best time of year to flex your fashion muscles, and your footwear is what sets it all off. A classic black fall boot is a must-have for every wardrobe — and finding one that fits your personal style aesthetic and adds a little edge is a welcomed bonus. These Dr. Martens Wincox Leather Buckle Boots fit the bill for me. They’re comfortable, warm, stylish and add a polished, edgy touch to just about any fall look.” — Moriba Cummings, Commerce Editor
Shop: Will’s Vegan Store Point Toe Chelsea Boots, $124.20
“I swear one of the most difficult shopping tasks in the world is finding sustainably-made vegan boots that aren’t an eyesore. I searched for ages until I found these stunners from Will’s Vegan Store. Though these boots look like leather, they are made of plants — namely organic cereal crops grown in a carbon-neutral process. I know, it’s absolutely bonkers that this leather is basically pure granola. Plus, the soles and insoles are actually made of recycled rubber. These cute boots are water-resistant and stretch to fit my wide feet due to the elastic gusset on the side. And the modest heel is comfy but gives you a little height, which I love.” — Katie Dupere, Commerce Editor
Shop: Public Desire Marshmallow Slouch Boots, $68
“When it comes to fall boots, I am definitely a girl who loves a good statement maker, as evidenced on my Instagram here and here. However, a sensible and solid fall boot has the power to transform outfits, save edges and increase your credit score — OK, not really, but a girl can dream. I personally have been loving and living in this pair of white boots from ASOS. They’re simple, but the slouched look gives the shoe just enough personality to flare up your ensemble. Plus, a white boot goes with everything, and the approachable heel means I can even slightly jog in these without causing discomfort for my feet. FYI, I would not recommend jogging in boots, I’m just saying I can do it.” — Jamé Jackson, Senior Beauty Editor
“I’ve had these Karl Lagerfeld combat boots for three seasons, and they are still in perfect condition even with New York City winters. The detailed embellishments elevate my most casual outfits, like leggings and a sweater. But I can also dress these boots up with a sweater dress. I find myself grabbing these shoes more than any other pair in my closet because of how incredibly comfortable they are. Plus, they feature a two-inch heel for a little added height.” — Laura Galvan, Style Editor
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