The beauty of boots, also known as your go-to shoe through fall and winter, is that you can give yours a personal spin thanks to suede finishes, chunky block heels, faux animal embossing, and a slew of other elements. The options are endless! And while seasons change, certain brands have for years stitched together timeless boots that will last decades, offering the best bang for your buck. Welcome to boot camp, people. Consider this your guide to the best boots brands of 2021.
You can't go wrong with a pair of Dr. Martens. The onetime punk-rock staple has become essential in just about every fashion person's wardrobe over the years. Choose from a classic all-black option or check out a pair from one of Doc Marten's many killer collaborations.
Our Pick: Dr. Martens Vegan Jadon II Mono 8 Eye Boots, $200
Franco Sarto designs some of the most comfortable boots on the market, full stop. They specialize in sleek, simple shapes that call back to their Italian heritage–but with an oh-so-modern twist by way of trending colorways and prints.
Our Pick: Franco Sarto Katherine Knee High Boot, $159
Vince Camuto has now expanded into clothing and bags, but its range of boots is second-to-none. Neutral colorways and updated versions of otherwise classic silhouettes are the name of the game at Vince Camuto, and the result is a range of timeless-feeling shoes that won't break the bank.
Our Pick: Vince Camuto Englea Over the Knee Boot, $249
If you want a pair of boots that feel off the beaten track, check out those designed by Jeffrey Campbell. The brand has become known for its use of color and print, a mastery of both can be seen in the brand's range of boots. Shiny textures and loud colors are all commonplace, as are edgy design details that make even a simple pair of shoes feel special.
This Italian shoe brand was launched by two sisters in 2015. They make quality boots meant for the long haul, at a price that isn't unbelievably unattainable. Beloved by celebs and influencers alike, they've made quite a splash in a small window of time.
Our Pick: Paris Texas 80mm Block Heel Boots, $685
In love with the square toe trend but looking for a pair at a contemporary price? Dear Frances is your best bet. Each pair is handmade in Italy and goes through many different artisans before the shoe hits the market. They're made with the finest Italian leather and will definitely stand the test of time.
Our Pick: Dear Frances Cube Boots, $550
For almost 20 years, CFDA winner Edmundo Castillo has established himself as an icon in the shoe game. As the recently appointed Creative Director of Stuart Weitzman, he has managed to mix his vision with the brand's already distinct DNA. A dynamic match.
Our Pick: Stuart Weitzman Yuliana 60 Bootie, $595 (pictured)