I’m not the biggest fan of cold weather, but if it means I get to break out my new pairs of boots–that’s enough to get me on board. And since boot season is officially upon us, I wanted to share a few of my favorite pairs from DTC brands (that hopefully you’ll love, too!) There’s a little something for every type of weather, occasion, and style, so if you’re on the hunt for your next favorite pair of boots, you’re in the right place.
Duck boots have been a fall/winter staple of mine for years, as they keep my feet dry and warm during hikes and other outdoor activities. But they’re often heavy and bulky–which I’m not a big fan of. I don’t want my boots to feel like a leg workout, you know? That’s why I was excited to find Sperry’s Duck Float Lace-Up Leather Boot ($109.95). With a rubber exterior and warm microfleece lining, these duck boots are shockingly lightweight. You get all the utility of a traditional outdoor workboot without the weight (and a nice dose of style, too.)
Knee-High Metallic Boots
Boot trends come and go, but knee-high metallic boots will always be one of my favorites. They make simple outfits go from plain to edgy in a snap. The Ever-yday Silver boot from Feners ($240.00) has a moderate heel height and, um, hello…they’re SILVER. Lots of color options here, too, in case you’re not feeling like silver is right for you.
Simon Miller’s Tall Mojo Boots come with a larger price tag ($595), but the quality of this brand speaks for itself. With glitter detail and a U-shaped opening on the backside, these over-the-knee boots are showstoppers. And…they’re comfortable! They have a moderate heel height, so you get all the glamour and none of the pain.
For years, I’ve been on and off the fence about cowboy boots. Do I like them, or do they feel too “western” for me? I’ve made up my mind with the Saffron Knee High Boots in Tan Suede ($296.00) from DuoBoots. I’m in LOVE. This pair has classic cowboy elements, such as pointy toes, pull tabs, traditional embroidery, and Cuban heels, without going over the top (which I appreciate). The memory foam insoles also make them comfortable, and I easily found the perfect fit for my leg size because you can choose from eight different calf sizes.
Sometimes you need a comfortable boot that can handle a bit of a beating, especially during months of rain and slush. Plus: I saw my husband wearing a pair, so I finally had to get my own. Blundstone’s #1910 Women’s Original Suede Boots ($209.95) are ultra-comfortable, and the waxed suede repels water, making them highly durable. Plus: pull-on tabs make these easy to pop on and off (no laces required!)
Platform boots are my go-to when I wear long jeans or need a height boost. Madewell’s Carina Platform Chelsea Boots ($228) are my go-to lately because they’re kind to my feet. Despite their chunky appearance and platform heels, I find them easy to walk in, given their lightweight materials and cushioned insoles. This ankle-length pair comes in two muted, earthy colors: burled wood and cargo green. Both pair well with dresses and jeans.
When the temperature drops, I instantly reach for this pair of shearling midcalf boots. They’re the ultimate slipper boot for always-cold feet. Italic’s pair in Chestnut ($67) are high quality without the hefty price tag this particular style is known for from a familiar brand. Wearing them is like walking on fluffy clouds.
Designer Rain Boots
I have one rule about rain boots–they should be light on your feet but hefty from an aesthetic standpoint. My favorite pair is actually from a designer brand: Chloe’s Betty Rain Boots from Italist ($445.76). These are not your average rain boots. I love the edgy sole and slim design (and they’re surprisingly easy to wear!) Plus the side zippers give a flattering, more feminine touch.
Fair Trade Boots
I love the fair trade brand ABLE, and their new Ellie Western Boot ($165) is exceptionally well-made. I like the neutral tan color for its versatility, so I added their Brazilian-made Lex Boot ($158) to my collection, showcasing this same color but with beautiful, croc-embossed detailing in a shorter profile.
Intentionally Blank’s West Lace Up Boots ($225) are great for when you want a bit of a vintage look that pairs well with tights or bare legs. These made-in-Spain boots have a memory foam footbed and a 1.5-inch heel (so, comfortable!) and come in four colorways. One thing to note: these come in whole sizes only (no half sizes), so be sure to measure for correct sizing.
It’s Boot Season; Get Shopping
Boots of all shapes and heel heights are a good investment–you can use them year-round, even though they seem best suited for fall and winter. Whatever style you’re looking for, hopefully, these ten DTC boot picks will help you find the perfect pair that fits your budget and your needs.