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21 Summer Boots You'll Leave Your Sandals For

Heavy leather boots? See you in September.

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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 if you can. Heavy leathers and chunky soles can hang out until September with the rest of your black shoes. Bring in some suede in soft colors—you'll find they go with everything. Try to find some ventilation. Cut-outs, perforations, and open-toes will help dramatically to keep your feet feeling good. And third, 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. (It's also good 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 them 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.


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Earth Collection Pampa Hi Organic Boot
Palladium urbanoutfitters.com

Don’t mess with a classic! These Palladium canvas desert boots were designed to be lightweight and breathable in all elements. Try out Palladium Earth organic cotton version with a head-to-toe monochromatic linen look this summer.

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Chalina Laser Cut Leather Block Heel Booties
Comfortiva dillards.com

The perforations in the sides of little lace-up numbers are great and look smart for work with a button-down denim dress.

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Wallabee Boot
Clarks clarksusa.com

A quintessential Clarks style, the Wallabee is just as cool as ever, especially for summer. The light suede keeps it from looking too heavy for the heat, but we won’t judge if you care to integrate these into your fall wardrobe too. Try with a polkadot midi dress now and throw a sweater on top of the same look for when the temp starts to dip down.

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Combo Barclay Fashion Booties
Free People bootbarn.com

These canvas Western boots with contrast embroidery make a softer statement for summer. Pair with a solid dress in a pop of color for a look that’s pulled together but takes no effort to execute.

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Clinton Bootie
Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn nordstrom.com

If your favorite sandal is a flat hurrache (the traditional Mexican woven leather style), this bootie has your name all over it. With a heel and a pointed toe, it’s a more dressed-up version of this summer standby.

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Varney Boot
Ugg zappos.com

Not your typical Ugg boots, these moccasins are lightweight with a substantial foam footbed designed for summer walks in more outdoorsy terrain.

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Whitny Boot
Dolce Vita zappos.com

This shoe's monochrome hardware does a great job of keeping the streamline look of these boots. Wear with a flowy black dress to help break up the heaviness of the look in warmer months.

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Double Fringe Side Zip Boot
Minnetonka zappos.com

A Moccasin boot doesn’t have to feel super “music festival” if you are smart about how you style it. The soft suede makes it very casual for summer—try pairing with nautical striped tee and a denim maxi skirt for a laid-back look that’s classic and cool.

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Tread Slick Boot
Alexander McQueen alexandermcqueen.com

Kind of a sneaker, kind of a boot, these heavy rubber soles and pink canvas will lift your mood as well as your height.

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Black D-Trap Matte Calfskin Low Boot
Dior dior.com

The perfect summer combat boot doesn’t exi...wait, it does! This lattice-cut Dior boot are the warm-weather version of the boot staple we can’t get through winters without. They will look just as cool with a bold color sock popping through in cooler months.

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Ranger High Top Boot
Roger Vivier nordstrom.com

The laid-back canvas and rubber sole of this combat boot says “I’m approachable” but the crystal embellishment says “You're buying.”

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Denim Mid-Height Boots
Paris Texas modaoperandi.com

Denim is another answer to a fab warm weather fabric to replace leather. Save the denim shorts for another look and pair these with white or black for going out.

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Women's Refined Slim Fit Gloss Mid Heel Boots: Black
Hunter Boots hunterboots.com

Don’t let a summer storm throw off your vibe or, worse, catch you in sandals! These heeled Hunter booties vaguely look like rain boots so you can style carry a strong look while keeping your feet dry.

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Half Cowboy Boots with Harness
R13 shopbop.com

R13 is an industry favorite for their innovative takes on classics. These slingback cowboy boots literally sliced off the back half of a cowboy boot for the breeziest version yet. The sand suede is also a super light neutral that goes with anything you’re wearing this summer.

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Ezra Shooties
Circus by Sam Edelman Rue La La

Sexy summer snake print? Not mad at it! This scrappy sandal/bootie hybrid is a no-brainer for your next going out look.

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Jersey Corset Boots 105
Fenty fenty.com

A gray jersey T-shirt is a summer no-brainer, but what about on a shoe? Rihanna has you covered. These jersey booties are sexy and breathable for summer nights. Pair with a black tank dress or, if you’re up to the fashion challenge, a full monochromatic look with a gray tank dress—but make sure your grays are a close match if you try this look.

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Gus Espadrille Booties
Altuzarra altuzarra.com

What’s summer without an espadrille? But in a boot version? Get outta here! The warm weather classic gets flipped on its head with this lace-up bootie version in a pop of orange suede from Altuzarra.

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Seavie Too Bootie
Rebecca Minkoff rebeccaminkoff.com

This Rebecca Minkoff style lacks no details with cut-outs for breathablity and heavy metal hardware. Embossed croc leather in a creamy neutral basically goes with everything, but would look especially great with a sweet puff-sleeved dress for juxtaposition.

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Ray Harness Back Zip
Frye thefryecompany.com

Frye takes their classic harness boot and cuts it way down to leave the ring exposed and you showing a whole lotta ankle. This dusty baby pink is super sweet for summer and makes this rugged style much girlier, if that’s your thing.

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Mesh Lace-Up Bootie
Gianvito Rosii nordstrom.com

If the sexy mesh and lace-up detail on these heeled Gianvito Rossi pair isn’t reason enough, hi—these have an open toe, so no summer pedicure will go left unnoticed!

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Augustine Woven Ankle Mid Bootie
MICHAEL Michael Kors nordstromrack.com

The woven treatment of the leather on these boots make them a lot lighter on the feet, but not on style.

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