16 Essential Types Of Boots To Kickstart Your Fall Wardrobe 

By  Emily Konatella

LAST UPDATED - December 11, 2023

With summer beginning to fade into fall, it's time to reboot your look. With cooler and more crisp weather, it is time to cozy up in sweaters, jackets, and different types of boots! Breaking out fall boots is one of the most exciting things about fall; some will even say they spark joy.

Since boots are essential for the fall, it is no surprise there are many types of boots. From ankle boots to sleep over-the-knee style, there are many fall boots styles that you can wear this season, and some can even be worn as winter boots or snow boots.

To help you figure out the best type of boots for you this fall, we have to put together this guide for you.

16 Types Of Boots For Fall

Knee-High Boots

The most splurge-worthy footwear trend for fall? Practical everyday knee-high boots. Transcending short-lived seasonal trends, the time-tested wardrobe staple is worth investing in. Whether pairing them with a dress, shirt, or leather leggings, these knee-high boots will always make a statement.

Suitable for anyone and everyone, you will find yourself reaching for them time and time again.

Rain Boots

With climate disasters top of mind, designers are preparing to take on the elements in rain boots made of practical rubber. Futuristic silhouettes and unexpected color options ensure these functional ankle boots are anything but boring.

With States like Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida that get a ton of rainfall, good pairs of rain boots or waterproof boots are worth investing in as they will keep your feet dry during the wettest season.

Pointed-Toe Boots

After the dominance of duck-billed, square-toe boots on last fall's runways, designers opted for a more slimmed-down shape this season. Leg-elongating pointed-toe boots are steadily becoming the season's most popular shape.

Also known as needle pointed, there's a sharpness and a special aggressive style to pointed-toe boots that just makes the outfit look more mysterious and symmetrical.

Over-the-Knee Boots

Also known as thigh-high boots, top boots, hip boots, or OTK boots for short, over-the-knee boots claimed their rightful place as a fall wardrobe staple. Use their added coverage (aka added warmth) to transition your summer skirts and dresses into early fall. Not to mention, they can be incredibly flatter and can elongate your legs! This makes them a perfect swap for your heels and pumps during the colder months.

Lug-Sole Boots

After the viral success of Prada's lug-sole combat boots, heavily-threaded footwear is the new norm. Fashionable, warm and functional, rubber-soled Chelsea boots, loafers, and sneakers offer superior traction, comfort, and style. Aside from being a fashion statement, they can also be worn as hiking boots and work boots.

Most lug sole boots are water resistant or even completely weatherproof, making them a very versatile style to add to your wardrobe.

Platform Boots

This season's sky-high platform boots aren't for the faint of heart. They're for those who enjoy the thrill of standing out from the crowd as thick outsoles that are generally there to provide both height and stylistic properties to the shoe. Though many draw inspiration from 70s silhouettes, they feel undeniably fresh and modern.

Wedge Boots

Engineered for walking and working hard, wedge boots are practical, comfortable, and stylish while having a high utility factor. Wedge heels offer unparalleled comfort in the lifted shoe space. They might not give as much height as a heel, but they spread the lift pressure across the entire foot, which can ease the pain when needing to be worn for hours and hours.

Aside from comfort, they can be credibly stylish. They can be worn for almost all occasions, from business and business casual to everyday wear.

Second-Skin Boots

Second-skin leather boots and stretchy sock boots are a wearable, everyday take on Kim Kardashian's now signature 'pants leggings.' Show them off with a mini skirt or layer them under a midi skirt or dress for added warmth.

Second-skin boots are typically dressier and cut higher than your average boots. They have a way of bringing a sexy outfit to a more fabulous place while keeping you warm, of course.

Early 2000s Shearling Boots

From low-rise jeans to butterfly clips, the early 2000s are back in full force for fall 2022. Channel your inner Paris Hilton by slipping into a pair of cozy shearling boots on a casual day. This fall's furry ankle boots are just as cozy as the ones you lived in decades ago. Designed for comfort and warmth, these boots will make you feel like you are walking on a snuggly, sheepskin cloud.

Futuristic Metallic Footwear

Space Age meets Studio 54 in this season's metallic footwear options. Conceived in futuristic silhouettes and luminous silver and gold materials, these eye-catching styles make a modern statement. Sport them on a night out to watch them dazzle under the lights.

Western Boots

Western boots aren't just for Country girls. As a matter of fact, a good pair of Western boots is a must-have in every fall wardrobe. Timeless and practical, they bring an American sensibility to any look. Scour local vintage shops for a genuine pair of cowboy boots, or channel them with fashion-forward alternatives.

Chelsea Boots

Did you know the Chelsea boot was made for Queen Victoria? Queen Victoria requested a pair of boots without laces to wear while riding. Today, Chelsea boots are timeless and credibly versatile. Easy to wear, comfortable and sleek, they are often considered a fall staple. Known for their ankle height and elastic side panels, they are both low-maintenance and stylish.

Chukka Boots

Stylish, comfortable, and sturdy, chukka boots are an easy way to elevate your casual look. Most chukka boots have the same two-eyelet lacing system as their desert boots counterparts. But unlike desert boots, chukka boots are made from dressier leather, ranging from Horween to European full-grain leather.

Moc Toe Boots

Similar to engineer boots, moc toe boots are a great boot choice for toe protection. It features a U-shaped seam on the top of the toe box. Built of a mocassin with the lining, sole, and ankle support, making it a great work boot for outdoor adventures. The classic style pairs perfectly with casual outfits.

Combat Boots

Combat boots are comfortable, stylish, and practical. They never go out of style, so you can't go wrong with a pair of combat boots to wear this fall. The right pair can work with nearly any outfit. From work cloth to casual, they can keep your feet warm during the cold weather.

Even better, if you find a waterproof pair, it can even carry into the winter. Their rugged sole can have enough traction even for icy surfaces.

Ankle Boots

Even though ankle boots may be less statement-looking than thigh-high or over-the-knee boots, they make up for versatility. They are practical for the weather, fashionably versatile, and very comfortable. Some will say they are a fall essential!

About the author

Emily is a fashion consultant, designer and creative director with more than 15 years experience creating, designing and developing clothing & jewelry. From managing pageant shows to turning concepts into actual designs, she has experience with almost all fabric types and jewelry designs and is in touch with the latest fashion trends.


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