So you're looking for boots to wear this summer. We've got you covered, but let's set some basic ground rules. First, keep it light when it comes to color and fabric. Heavy leathers and chunky soles can hang out until September with the rest of your black shoes. Second, consider suede in soft colors—you'll find they go with everything. Third, try to find some ventilation. Cut-outs, perforations, and open-toes will help dramatically to keep your feet feeling good. And last, have fun! Try on a moccasin if you haven't before, check out new takes on cowboy boots, and experiment with fun fabric like denim. (Side note: It's a good idea to switch up your shoes often in the summer when feet are at their puffiest and most blistered.)
Like your go-to sandal or summer sneaker, a boot can be surprisingly versatile this time of year. Try pairing your new summer boot with a Bermuda-length short suit or a denim maxi skirt that you haven't quite figured out how to wear yet. Sure, they might not be appropriate for every occasion—you probably want to grab a different shoe if you're heading to the beach—but we can get behind giving any of the below options a try this season.
I love wearing sock-style boots in the summer because they are so dang easy to put on. You can literally slip into this pair from Everlane and get out the door in seconds.
Doc Martens can be a little heavy, but this pink pair feels so fresh for spring and summer.
Stand out in these neon pink, Barbie-style patent leather boots from Steve Madden.
Channel some retro Kate Moss energy by wearing a pair of colorful Hunter boots this season. Now all of your summer outfits can be weather-proof.
Finding a great pair of boots for under $200 can feel like a real challenge, but this cut-out pair from Vince Canuto fits the bill. I also love the Western-inspired chain!
A neutral pair of canvas boots like these from Palladium can be styled just like your favorite white high-top sneakers—And they're just as comfy.
For a borrowed-from-the-boys summer shoe vibe, consider picking up a pair of flat Chelsea boots like these from Sam Edelman.
This pair of sleek boots from AllSaints will add some edge to all of your favorite sundresses this season. I would also try styling them under straight-leg jeans for a more casual look.
These lace-up booties will instantly lend some cottage-core vibes to any and all of your summer looks. I would personally style these with a floral linen midi dress.
Western-inspired boots are everywhere this season. This nude pair from Matisse is a great option if you want to give the trend a try without going all-in.
Speaking of western boots, I am obsessing over this pair of cap-toed booties by Isabel Marant right now. I would style them with a floral mini dress or with a pair of high-waisted jeans.
These snakeskin boots from Schutz prove that knee-high styles can totally work in the summer! Pair them with a white dress for some added edge.
These booties from Linea Paolo are the perfect combination between a sandal and a closed-toed boot. They also come in white, but you won't have to clean this black pair as often.
I really like wearing suede booties with all my outfits in the warmer months, but only if they come in lighter shades of gray or tan. These booties from La Canadienne come in a few different neutral shades and totally fit the bill.
If you're not really into wearing a ton of color (even in the summer) these two-tone boots from Wandler will push you out of your sartorial comfort zone.
Vagabond Shoemakers design some of my favorite boots on the internet so yes, I will be buying this white and black pair in 2021. The contrasting sole makes them look so cool.
Mesh booties like this pair from ZARA are a great alternative to heels in the summertime. They feel sexy and you stay comfortable all night long.
Swap your black heeled boots out for a creamy tan option in the summer and all of your outfits will look instantly more warm-weather appropriate.
Summer storms come and go in minutes, so be ready for anything with some cute waterproof boots. This pair from Cougar doesn't even look they're made for the rain.
Floral combat boots are my new favorite thing, obviously! This pair from R13 feels sweet and tough at the same damn time.
Take a walk on the wild side in these knee-high boots from STAUD. The heel isn't very high so you'll be able to dance all night long.
Yes, this pair of booties from Acne Studios may look simple, but the slightly off-center heel detail gives them major cool points, don't you think?
Brown boots tend to feel a little more relaxed than black ones do, so why not give this croc-printed pair a try this season?
Cowboy boots, but make them fashion! These black and white boots from Nasty Gal are 100 percent going into my closet right now.
Are they boots? Are they sandals? This peep-toe pair from Chinese Laundry is the best of both worlds.
If I haven't talked enough about my love for tan chunky boots in the summer, let me tell you—I am obsessed. They go with everything!
I have loved Jeffrey Campbell's boots for as long as I can remember—and these just make me wish I had somewhere I could wear them. A rodeo, perhaps?