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While some might assume boots are synonymous with fall and winter weather, I am something of an all-season boot opportunist. And while there are plenty of boots brands to shop from, I’ve been finding it tricky to track down the best summer boots to invest in for the warmer weather and beyond. So, I chatted with an expert to figure out exactly what boots are best for the warmer weather, and where to find them.
When it comes to the best type of boot for the summer, don’t just settle for your classic ankle boots in 2022: cowboy-inspired boots are a safe bet this season, too. “We’re seeing a lot of Western-inspired boots this season as a great transitional shoe from summer to fall,” says Caroline Maguire, Fashion Director at Shopbop. “The high shaft and traditional stitching add some personality to your traditional boot.”
And while just about every It-girl from Kendall Jenner to Matilda Djerf has been wearing Western boots with lots of denim lately, Maguire provides some pretty great styling advice if you’re wary of making the silhouette work. “I love pairing mine with a simple sundress or mini skirt for an added feminine feel, or even playing up the cowboy style with a wide legged cropped jean - get creative (and have fun!) with this timeless silhouette,” she says.
Ahead, shop Maguire’s favorite cowboy boots as well as plenty of other summer boots, including chelsea boots, cut-out boots, and more. Here’s to eschewing any other footwear this summer.
Caroline Maguire's Favorite Summer Boots
The Best Summer Boots
Best White Western Summer Boots
These white booties from celeb-adored brand Larroude are perfect for the summer because they're basically the boot version of the white sneaker.
Summer rain doesn't need to ruin your look. These classic boots from Hunter Boots are proof that rain boots can be cute, affordable, and actually waterproof.
Best Cutout Boots
There is nothing more summer than a cutout bootie. This pair from 3.1 Philip Lim has all-over cutouts that will let your feet breathe throughout the day.
Best Canvas Summer Boots
These boots/sneakers hybrid from Palladium are made from a lightweight
Best Basic Brown Summer Boots
The summer is a great time to swap out your basic black ankle boots for a lighter brown pair, like this pick from Reike Nen. A classic, these will never go out of style.
Best Platform Summer Boots
Platform boots are everywhere this summer, and this pair of classic black ones from cool-girl-adored brand Simon Miller will look just as nice with a dress as they will a pair of jeans come fall.
Best Suede Cowboy Boots
These boots went viral this summer in shades like lime green and hot pink. However, this creamy suede version is a slightly more classic take on the internet-famous cowboy boots.
Best Blue Summer Boots
Best Kittin Heel Summer Boots
Boots with kitten heels are great for all-day wear at the office, a night spent walking around or dancing with friends, or with
Best Pastel Summer Boots
GANNI's now-iconic Chelsea boots get a summery upgrade courtesy of this banana yellow hue. Same sturdy style, fresh new color.
Best Knee-High Summer Boots
Summery color? Check. Fun silhouette? Double check. This pair from BY FAR has it all when it comes to finding the best summer boots: they'll look great with shorts or a mini dress, or look just as good peaking out from under a midi skirt.
Best Green Summer Boots
This pair of matcha hued ankle booties will perfectly match your summer drink of choice this season. Plus, the reflective finish gives them a fun, elevated touch.
Best Fringed Summer Boots
Another day, another pair of western boots. However, this pair from Dolce Vita is covered in fringe for a festive touch.
Best Pastel Pink Summer Boots
What, you don't already have a pair of pink Dr. Martens in your collection? This buttery soft leather is dubbed a "no break-in leather," so your feet won't hurt after one wear.
Best Snakeskin Summer Boots
This gray snakeskin colorway is basically a neutral in the summer. Pair with mini dresses and mini skirts for a '60s touch.
Best Affordable Summer Boots
These affordable knee-high lug-sole boots from H&M aren't going to break the bank or require you to break them in. Plus, the light color works for all-season wear.
Best Simple Summer Boot
In a world of trendy footwear, there's something to be said for sticking to the classics. This pair from Marc Fisher LTD does just that: they're easy to style, come in a bright colorway, and have a sensible heel height for daily wear.
Best Zip-Front Summer Boots
Summer dressing (and footwear) is all about ease, and it doesn't get easier than this pair of white zip-front boots from Charles & Keith.
Best Designer Summer Boots
These so-called "City Boots" are made for walking in (literally). The buttery soft lambskin leather won't pinch or leave blisters, and the chunky rubber lug sole is designed with all-day comfort in mind.
Best Summer Boot for Boating
Sperry's new Cutwater Deck Boot has the same staying power as their classic Boat Shoe, but has a sporty new look. Wear them on the boat or on your next foggy morning walk to the office to keep your feet dry.