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The Best Animal Print Boots to Pair With Your Cozy Fall Sweaters

They're having a moment.

Design by Morgan McMullen

For years I've maintained that animal print is the new black (it’s also definitely a neutral in my book). Now, I have designers on my side to back me up. For fall 2019, fashion houses like Saint Laurent, Proenza Schouler, and Phillip Lim all sent various animal prints down the runway, from leopard coats to zebra shoes. Though some designs are wild (pun intended), there is an easy way to rock the trend without looking too conspicuous at work: start with animal print boots. You'll get a taste and ideas of how to work the print into your everyday outfits without having to fully commit to a leopard-spotted coat. Shop the best animal print footwear of the season, below.

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For the Cowgirl
Jemima Western Boots
Schutz shopbop.com

Even the cowboy boot can't escape being branded with zebra stripes. This one looks great with denim shorts for summer or even a pair of black leggings for fall, just to give your bottoms that fashion-girl touch.

For the Edgy Gal
In Charge Combat Boot
Diane Von Furstenberg nordstrom.com

Diane Von Furstenberg brought it back to the '90s club scene with a chunky platform combat boot. A healthy dose of leopard print coats each shoe to give it an edgy standout feature. Style with long-sleeve floral maxi dresses for an unexpected fashion twist.

For the High-Heel Hater
Rastel3 Leopard Print Boot
Vince Camuto vincecamuto.com

Don't worry about aching feet with these boots—the two-inch heel provides comfortable support for your arches. Plus, the shaft is a little higher than other boots, making it suitable for those fall, even winter, temperatures—because, more leg coverage.

For the Bold
Quinn Zebra Calf Hair Ankle Boot
Michael Kors michaelkors.com

I don't like to pick favorites, but this boot may be the one in my eyes. The pops of neon green surprisingly doesn't feel too overwhelming next to the black and white stripes. If you're looking for a new statement shoe for fall, this is my pick.

5 Future Booties
Ash shopbop.com

Consider this the classic animal printed bootie you can wear every day for fall and winter. It'll look great with either cropped boyfriend jeans or tucked in skinnies. Feeling cozy? Style it under a knitted cashmere dress or with a comfortable denim jumpsuit.

Most Versatile
Zumi Tiger Print Knee Boots
Gucci bergdorfgoodman.com

Want a designer's opinion on animal print? It's a do. Fashion house Gucci released this tiger stripe riding boot-inspired shoe just in time for fall. Wear under your plated skirts or tuck in a pair of  slightly baggy jeans for a more messy/slouchy look.

For All Climates
Carin Booties
Ulla Johnson shopbop.com

"How now brown cow?" (Sorry, I had to.) If cheetah or leopard spots aren't your cup of tea, give the cow print a try. I love this Ulla Johnson boot because of the chunky rounded-toe heel and ankle boot cut.

For the Sophisticated
Zebra-Appliquéd Boots
Francesco Russo net-a-porter.com

This unique boot’s zebra stripes are made from a mixture of leather and suede, and hit mid-calf for a flattering fit underneath skirts or dresses. With a four-inch heel, however, you’re probably better off saving these for fancy after-work events or if you have a short commute to the office.

For the Trendsetter
The Knee-High Boot
Khaite khaite.com

Khaite combines two fall trends—the square toe and zebra print—into one with this knee-high boot. If you’re wondering do brown striped zebras even exist in the wild?, the answer, according to Google, is yes. I looked it up, you’re welcome. Wear with skinny blue jeans and a square-neckline top as a complement to the shoe’s silhouette.

Best Upgraded Rain Boots
Original Leopard Print Refined Chelsea Rain Boot
Hunter nordstrom.com

Instead of buying your usual pair of  black rain boots, brighten up your day with a leopard print. Hunter upgraded its original refined boot to this tailored Chelsea-cut style with a little heel and a cool blue tone.

Fit For Royalty
Zebra Print Ankle Boots
Aquazzura net-a-porter.com

For a classic black-and-white zebra print, I recommend these Aquazzura booties. (FYI, Meghan Markle loves this brand.) The angular shaped collar (opening of the boot) and sleek soles give this shoe a sophisticated feel. These are perfect for wearing with your skinny jeans.

For the Apprehensive
Zebra Buckle Boots
N21 farfetch.com

This boot is a solid compromise between your favorite black bootie and the zebra stripe trend. It's mostly embellished with hardware with just a touch of the print on the toe strap. These details make the footwear the coolest of the bunch. 

For the Hiker
Keida Leopard Print Hiking Boot
Schutz nordstrom.com

We hope you never run into a leopard while hiking in the wild, but when there's a leopard on your shoe? Harmless. (Okay, not my best joke, I know.) Your sturdy fall boots suddenly look way cooler with a splash of this print. 

Best for the Office
Zebra Print
Jeffrey Campbell jeffreycampbellshoes.com

The skinny stripes on this boot makes you forget it's even an animal print. That, coupled with a cylindrical steel-like heel, gives it a fashun feel. Because of the high shaft, wear this underneath a leather skirt or dress to balance out the proportions.

For the Indecisive
Aden Booties in Zebra
Dolce Vita dolcevita.com

Dolce Vita won't ask you to choose between your love for spots and stripes—they just combined them into one shoe. This half-and-half bootie has a versatile almond shaped toe and a sturdy block heel for all your pumpkin patch picking festivities. 

For the Unconventional
Zebra Print Calf Hair Ankle Boots
All Saints www.us.allsaints.com

A sunburnt zebra—that's what the pattern reminds me of. (No actual animals were used or harmed in the making of this FYI.) The pattern adds a nice little design to the otherwise classic stripe pattern. Style with a long cashmere cardigan and fitted tee.


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