It might feel difficult to say goodbye to summer sometimes. But the best part of transitioning into colder temperatures? Boots! Last year we spent the majority of cold months inside with thick socks and slippers. Perhaps that means you’re ready for a fall refresh – and there’s no better way to put your best foot forward than with a new pair of boots. Trust me, they’ll make the switch to autumn much more exciting. This year, you have a wide array of chic options, from no-nonsense combat boots to sleek knee-high boots. And the styling options are endless, whether you choose a midi dress or jeans and a sweater.

Knee-high boots are a no-brainer for fall. This year, many designers have chosen to give theirs an eveningwear quality with bold designs and extra-special details. While it’s still relatively warm, pair these back to short skirts and dresses. Later, layer them under billowing midi- and maxi-lengths. If you already have a pair of classic black knee-high boots, consider investing in a pair in an unexpected color or design to add a contrasting texture to your outfit.

One boot trend that has me jumping for joy is the Western boot. Isabel Marant’s collection is one of my favorites of the year, with options in numerous shades and heights. To avoid looking costumey, pair yours back to luxe knitwear. But remember to have fun with this trend – after all, it was called the Wild West for a reason.

If you’d rather wear an option that prioritizes functionality and durability, the combat boot is for you. You’ll be sure to enjoy this stompy style for years to come. If you want to double-up on trends, look for a pair with a platform. The ‘90s grunge aesthetic of these boots give an edge to any outfit, but I especially love juxtaposing them with feminine details and patterns.

Slope style was all over the Fall/Winter 2021 runways. Designers like Chanel, Miu Miu, and Chloé presented skiwear-heavy collections that made it clear they were looking forward to a holiday on snowy mountains. Even if you’re more interested in sipping hot cocoa in a cabin that taking the ski lift, you can get in on the trend with moon boots. Not only will look chic with all your après ski looks, you’ll also be thrilled you have these on hand on days when you have to trek through slush-filled city streets.