The Vogue editors will never grow tired of black boots. They are versatile, timeless and go with just about anything. Whatever the shape or style—be it a head-turning knee-high, a chunky ankle boot, a sturdy Chelsea or a combat boot—black is a colour-way you can always rely on.
“Legres’s 28-inch knee-high riding boots will walk me through winter this year and next,” says British Vogue’s commerce director Naomi Smart, who’s added some knee-highs to her winter wish-list. Global network lead and European deputy editor Sarah Harris, meanwhile, swears by the black Bottega Veneta lug-sole Chelseas she recently invested in.
The Row’s zip-front style is a firm favourite with the brand’s A-list fans, while excellent lace-ups can be found at Saint Laurent—its polished Army boots are a hit—and of course Dr Martens. For something a little fancy, Amina Muaddi has lent her signature sculptural heel to a showstopper leather thigh-high boot that, unsurprisingly, is flying off the shelves.
Here, Vogue’s guide to black boots shopping this season.
Failsafe ankle boots
Searching for ankle boots isn’t as easy as it sounds. You need to find a pair that hit just the right point of your ankle, with a heel that’s a comfortable height.
Whether worn with a dress, black leggings or jeans, knee-highs are an essential boot shape.
Chelsea boots are enjoying a renaissance. Bottega Veneta, Ganni and Jil Sander are among the brands that have given the humble Chelsea an update.
Rodeo-ready cowboy boots
Giddy up, cowboy boots are trending. Get your toes tapping in a pair of Western-inspired boots this winter.
Lace-up boots can add a little edge to even the simplest of outfits. Be it a combat boot, a classic DM or a hiking-inspired shape, it’s a style that isn’t going away anytime soon.
Heavy-duty lug-sole boots have been a cult style for several seasons–and enthusiasm is not waning. Prada’s Monoliths are still a street-styler favourite, as are Miu Miu’s hiker/biker hybrids.
This story was originally published on British Vogue.