October consistently proves to be a watershed month for new fashion trends, often riding the adrenaline of September's major fashion week shows. While snakeskin and animal prints are still very much in vogue, croc-effect boots are the next big trend making itself known across the runways and on Instagram.
While crocodile print appeared in many designers' Spring/Summer 2019 collections — from glimmering darkly in Miu Miu to the croco-effect transparent fabrics of Sies Marjan — the most common place this trend is popping up now is in sleek boots. Chalk it up to a slow transition out of the cowboy trend that shook up 2018, since embossing leather with a croc-effect has long since been a staple in western shoe designs.
The versatility of the croc boot is key — they can be as understated or as flashy as you choose. Emily Ratajkowski wore these sultry Paris Texas knee-high crocodile boots with a red satin dress for a night out, while Kendall Jenner lounged in yellow Fendi croco-effect cowboy boots. The boots don't have to be the focal point of your outfit, either: take a page from Net-A-Porter's Instagram and pair subdued Gabriela Hearst croc-effect boots with similar shades — in this case, '70s white goes with a deep royal blue for an office-appropriate outfit that's anything but basic.
You won't have to wait for the most recent collections to hit the shelves, though. Plenty of designer croc-effect boots are already on the market thanks to Net-A-Porter's recent additions. Keep scrolling to browse seven new boots, all featuring the croc-effect trend that's going to be huge.