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.