Black boots are the yoga pants of the footwear world: You can never have too many pairs. For proof, consider that—no matter your style or current aesthetic obsession—chances are there are at least a handful of black boots outfits in your current ‘fit rotation. After exploring our favorite looks starring this essential part of any fall and winter wardrobe, that number will probably double.
From sleek high-heeled booties to rugged combat boots, over-the-knee styles to ankle-high silhouettes, we’ve rounded up the best of the best black boots to wear this season plus how to style each pair for maximum fashion impact.
Block Heel Booties
Black ankle boots will never go out of style, so wear them with other classic wardrobe staples like blue jeans and button-down shirts. To level up your fashion game, opt for pieces that feel timeless with a twist like a tapered balloon or barrel-leg jeans, a pea coat with an exaggerated silhouette, and angular, block-heel, point-toe booties.
If you've gone through the trouble of finding a pair of perfectly fitted thigh-high boots or if you're looking to invest in a pair, celebrate your efforts with a look that keeps your footwear front and center; that's exactly what this vampy outfit accomplishes. A leather mini-skirt in a shade or texture that's a near match to your boots offers cohesion while a chunky knit sweater and statement moto jacket gives a sense of balanced proportion to the look.
To offset the casual feel of hiking, work, or ankle-high combat boots, try wearing them with luxurious layers of silk or satin, and, in chilly weather, outwear layers of wool or cashmere. This black boots outfit is perfect for keeping your favorite sheer summer pieces in your go-to 'fit rotation all year round. When in doubt, just add a bodysuit, tee, or leggings.
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The currently popular blend of workout basics and business casual layers might be the best one yet. Turn your go-to leggings and sports bra or tank into an OOTD-worthy black boots outfit by adding a pair of rugged motorcycle boots, a vintage bag, and a boxy blazer. For even more edginess, swap out the blazer for a bomber jacket.
Sock boots have entered the celebrity fave footwear chat thanks to a certain Kardashian. While they might not seem particularly practical for everyday life, black sock boots can easily take the place of your go-to pair of pumps. An especially sophisticated approach takes just two pieces in addition to boots: a slinky maxi dress and a great crossbody bag with a bold chain strap.
For another layered look, start with a pair of boots with a sleek upper and thicker sole like a lug sole Chelsea or an Oxford. Add a pair of black leggings as your base, add a turtleneck and tunic-length sweater in similar tones—try a trending color or keep things simple with subtle neutrals—and finish off the look with a relaxed fit or oversized blazer. This outfit strikes a balance between cozy and business casual and can easily be dressed up or down with structured outerwear or luxury accessories.
If your vibe is casual streetwear and comfort is your number one priority, chances are you spend your winters in shearling boots like UGGs. You’ll be happy to know that some of this year’s most exciting trends lend themselves to the coziest of black boots. Loose-fitting leather pants, bright puffer jackets, and dopamine-dressing-approved accessories like candy-colored mini-bags and beanies will take your favorite pair of sheep-lined boots to the next level.
Knee-high boots with a roomy or slouchy shaft are practically made for recreating Anne Hathaway's mod black boots outfit. Rather than taking the ultra-casual Gen Z celeb approach to boxy blazers, steer yourself in a more retro direction with a shift dress and envelope clutch.
Looking for a way to wear black Western boots now that coastal cowgirl summer is over? If so, meet your new favorite black boots outfit. This look seamlessly blends romance, clean lines, and, of course, a dash of quiet luxury. Start with black cowboy boots, then add a playful pleated skirt and a cozy sweater cinched at the waist with a statement belt that'll tie the 'fit together.
Occasions that call for formalwear are a great opportunity to step out in those high-heeled statement booties you never seem to get a chance to wear. For an all-weather black boots outfit, grab a textured clutch and a long-sleeved dress in a luxe fabric like crushed velvet.
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