Best Black Boots for Women That are Worth Investing in for Fall 2021


When mulling over an investment purchase, a nagging thought often crosses your mind: Will I actually wear this? If you’re shopping for a pair of excellent black boots for women, the answer is a resounding yes. You can’t go wrong with a great pair of boots in the classic hue. We’re always looking for that one item we’ll wear again and again, something that’s both useful and special, works with everything we already have, and feels appropriate for any occasion—a black boot ticks all of the boxes.

The right pair can be styled with jeans or a dress, for day or night, and is simple and anonymous enough that you’re never worried about repeating; you could wear the same boots every day without thinking twice. Which is all the more reason to invest in a really, really good pair that’s both exciting and durable enough to withstand your daily life. That’s why we’re turning our attention to the luxe, no-nonsense black boot trends from the fall 2021 runways.

We’re imagining knee-high boots in a variety of silhouettes, like sleek tall block-heeled ones from The Row and Saint Laurent, as well as flat, pull-on riding boots from Gucci and Tory Burch to wear under our favorite fall dresses. There’s also Rag and Bone’s Western-inspired ankle boots to go with our vintage jeans. When rain and snow hit, Stella McCartney’s rubber duck boots, and Miu Miu’s hefty lugged lace-up boots will easily stand up to the elements—just look to the Miu Miu’s snowy mountainous look book backdrop for proof. For something flat and walkable, try chunky-soled, mid-calf height Chelsea boots from 3.1 Phillip Lim or Burberry. There are also wonderfully high but incredibly flat boots from Proenza Schouler and Bottega Veneta that’ll hug your leg well up over the knee. And if you’re looking for something non-leather, try Balmain’s all-over rubber western boots.

Shop these and all of the season’s most investment-worthy designer black boots for women, below.

Bottega Veneta Fall 2021; Balmain Fall 2021; The Row Fall 2021Photo: Courtesy of Bottega Veneta; Courtesy of The Row / Location: PACE Gallery; Balmain

The Way-Over-the-Knee

Proenza Schouler Boyd leather over-the-knee boots

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Bottega Veneta rubber-trimmed leather over-the-knee boots

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The Row Billie high boots

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Rick Owens Bozo thigh-high boots

Saint Laurent Fall 2021; Hermès Fall 2021Photo: Courtesy of Saint Laurent; Gaspar Ruiz Lindberg / Courtesy of Hermès

The Tall Block Heels

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Saint Laurent Cleveland boots in smooth leather

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Chloé Edith block-heel leather knee-high boots

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The Row patch leather knee boots

Givenchy Fall 2021; Valentino Fall 2021; Stella McCartney Fall 2021Photo: Courtesy of Givenchy; Valentino; Stella McCartney

The Splash-Proof Shoe

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Valentino Garavani Atelier petal-effect PVC ankle boots

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JW Anderson chain-embellished glossed-rubber rain boots

Stella McCartney Duck rubber-trimmed vegetarian leather Chelsea boots

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Givenchy Show rubber wedge ankle booties

Versace Fall 2021; Prada Fall 2021Photo: Courtesy of Versace; Prada

The Power Platform

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Loewe black wedge loafer boots

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Versace 155mm platform leather ankle boots

Dries Van Noten black chunky heeled boots

Celine Fall 2021; Isabel Marant Fall 2021Photo: Courtesy of Celine; Isabel Marant

The Urban Cowboy Boot

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Celine Western high boots

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Isabel Marant Dahope leather boots

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Balmain black Tess mid-calf boots

Rag & Bone black Rover boots

Tory Burch Fall 2021; Gucci Fall 2021; Gabriela Hearst Fall 2021Photo Courtesy of Tory Burch; Gucci; Greg Kessler / Courtesy of Gabriela Hearst

The Equestrian-Inspired

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Gucci knee-high boots with harness

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Gabriela Hearst Cheech buckled leather knee boots

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Max Mara Blanca leather knee-high boots

Tod’s Fall 2021; Christian Dior Fall 2021; Miu Miu Fall 2021Photo: Courtesy of Tod’s; Christian Dior; Johnny Dufort / Courtesy of Miu Miu

The Wintry Lace-Up

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Miu Miu chain platform hiker boots

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Tod’s timeless platform boots in leather

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Alexander McQueen leather and rubber exaggerated-sole ankle boots

Michael Kors Collection Fall 2021; Jil Sander Fall 2021; Khaite Fall 2021Photo: Courtesy of Michael Kors Collection; Jil Sander; Khaite

The On Point Boot

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Khaite the Charleston over-the-knee boots

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Michael Kors Collection Dabney leather boots

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Thebe Magugu Sunday Best logo-plaque leather ankle boots

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Jil Sander Napa pull-on knee riding boots

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2021; Sportmax Fall 2021Photo: Courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim; Sportmax

The Heavy-Step Chelsea

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3.1 Phillip Lim black lug-sole Kate mid-calf Chelsea boots

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Ganni calf leather mid Chelsea boots

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Sportmax semi-gloss Chelsea ankle boots

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Burberry Hurr flatform tread-sole leather boots

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