Are your boots made for walking? No seriously. In 2020, after the peak of the pandemic, analysts reported a dramatic drop in sales of dress shoes. Heels and the like seemed to be making a comeback this summer, but that doesn’t mean we’re willing to sacrifice comfort. The best shoes these days combine cutting-edge aesthetics with behind-the-scenes engineering to make our feet feel great.
Before the winter frost set in, we identified a collection of fall boots focused on fit, support and style – you know, the ones you can wear all day, from brunch to school pickups, from work to dinner, and vice versa. And why limit yourself to fall styles? Depending on where you live, they can be perfect all year round. Here are our top picks.
Rothy’s merino wool ankle boots
This boot marries two of Rothy’s key offerings: a sleek, slipper-like, square-toed shape and a soft merino upper that wicks away sweat that stretches and stays snug throughout the day. The comfy merino features the brand’s signature recycled plastic threading and remains fully machine washable, meaning you can buy the boot in this gorgeous creamy beige brown color with no regrets.
Sarah Flint Ellie x Gravati Boot
We put Sarah Flint’s ultra-stylish and understated ankle boots in the “shootie” category: not quite a shoe, not quite a boot. They’re made from super-soft leather and were spotted on model Cindy Crawford, who has been investing in the brand since 2017.
Boot M. Gemi Luisa
M. Gemi’s luxurious Louisa lace-up boot stands out in a sea of Dr. Martens. Neutral (but not austere) white contrasts nicely with transitional items, like sundresses and warmed skirts with knits and turtlenecks under jumpsuits.
Nisolo Dari commuter boot
Nisolo, a maker of ethically produced and purchased leather shoes, gave these boots the name Commuter for a reason. A 2.5-inch heel is completed with a shock-absorbing memory foam insole and grippy rubber heels. In addition, this soft and smooth leather is designed to be water resistant and even more beautiful to wear.
Marion Parke Delila mid-calf ankle boots
Heels over three inches probably don’t belong on a list of comfortable boots to wear all day. But these were designed by a former foot surgeon. The eponymous brand of Marion Parke offers heels designed with medical grade material insoles that cushion and curve to your foot with wear and tear.
LoQ Lazaro Boots
Step into epically cool status with the relaxed style Lazaro boots from LoQ. The Los Angeles-based brand created a simple yet distinctive design, featuring ultra-chunky block heels, square toes, and chunky, signature metal zippers.
Mansur Gavriel Comfortable Boots
Mansur Gavriel is known for his structured and stylish leather handbags – the brand’s signature bucket bag celebrates its 10th anniversary this year – but his shoes are also not to be worn. The Cozy shares elements of a certain round toe boot lined with plush sheepskin, but it’s much, much more stylish.
Season Three Ultralight Hiking Boots
The founders of Season Three set out to create some snow-ready boots that you won’t want to throw on as soon as you step inside. The result is a lightweight, breathable pair of hiking shoes that offer the comfort and support of sneakers and the security of waterproofing elements that can survive winter slush.
Everlane Chelsea Boots in Italian Leather
Chelsea boots cost a dime, but Everlane’s gum-sole slip-ons deliver the right level of quirk while maintaining the classic, slim shape. The elastic panels allow you to put them on and take them off easily while keeping the shoe snug and supportive around your ankle for a full day on your feet.
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