The beauty of boots, one of fall/winter's most comfortable accessories, 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 versions that will last decades, offering the best bang for your buck. Welcome to boot camp, people, lets get shopping.
Established in 2017, Elza Wandler's namesake brand is mostly known for bags, but their boots are truly a hidden gem. With the best two-tone boot in the game, Wandler is winning.
Our Pick: Wandler bente ankle boot, $645 (pictured)
Son of shoe icon Sergio Rossi, Gianvito Rossi debuted his brand at Milan Fashion week in 2006 and hasn't slowed down since. With flagships across the world, women are going crazy for his chic, perfectly crafted boots.
Our Pick: Gianvito Rossi manor 85 boot, $1,895 (pictured)
This brand was created in Berlin but all manufacturing is done out of Italy—and yet, it retains a good price point. Clean lines, streamlined design and luxe materials make these boots a must-have.
Our Pick: Ayede ivy leather ankle boots, $390 (pictured)
This season's wild card. Whether Balenciaga is offering a silhouette intensely pointed or super square, it's never a subtle moment—the statement Demna Gvasalia is trying to make is always clear—and we want it!
Our Pick: Balenciaga BB denim ankle booties, $1,350 (pictured)
Sorel is your go-to winter boot. Synonymous with weather proofing, winter tackling and comfort, Sorel marries functionality with fashion. These really are the unstoppable boot.
Our Pick: Sorel ainsley conquest cozy boot, $180 (pictured)
This Italian shoe brand was launched by two sisters in 2015. They make quality boots meant for the long haul but 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 knee high boot, $795 (pictured)
The sister brand of Alexandre Birman is just as chic as its sibling. Shoes are expertly made and at a fantastic price point. Everyone can have a touch of Birman's influence in their wardrobe.
Our Pick: Schutz dira pointed toe bootie, $195 (pictured)
Founded in 2016 by Catherine Holstein, this New York-based brand has made quite the splash and was one of the most coveted shows of NYFW. Her boots are to die for—beautifully sculpted with a square-toe that is just the right proportion, saving us all from some ridiculous duck feet.
Our Pick: Khaite suede knee-high, $1,480 (pictured)
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 hand made in Italy and goes through many different artisans before the shoe hits the market. They're made with the finest Italian leathers and will definitely stand the test of time.
Our Pick: Dear Frances cube boot, $550 (pictured)
For almost twenty 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 in with the brands already distinct DNA. A dynamic match.
Our Pick: Stuart Weitzman the millie boot, $850 (pictured)
Arguably the most sought after boot of F/W '19, Hedi Slimane's well respected name speaks for itself. This is a boot to invest in—not just because you need it (which you do), but because you deserve it.
Our Pick: Celine claude boot, $1,950 (pictured)
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