The Best Black Boots To Invest In For Fall, According To Their Ridiculously High Ratings

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With fall on the horizon, you're bound to read your fair share of fashion content that names a stylish pair of boots as one of the most essential items in your closet. To be fair, you've got to admit that it's true. Although obvious and a bit basic, a sleek staple boot is the footwear that's going to get you through fall better than any other — so go ahead, give in and get yourself a great pair you can wear all season. And to ensure that you're investing in a style that's versatile and ready to be worn with everything in your wardrobe, snag one of the most-loved best black boots for fall. Because if one thing's for certain, it's that a chic black boot will never go out of style, and these shoes' ratings are proof.

Each time the cooler seasons make their return, a new crop of boot trends surfaces to spice up your shoe collection. And yes, it's worth considering snagging a trendy pair or two if they make sense with your aesthetic, but it goes without saying that some more timeless styles are also requirements on your seasonal shopping list. Among those boots that won't be headed out anytime soon? An effortless black set that's sleek enough to be worn with elegant ensembles and more casual looks alike. But they don't just have to be basic booties, either — look for any style that strikes your fancy amongst top-rated silhouettes, from lace-up lug sole boots to cool western-inspired pairs.

Look to some of your favorite retailers to scout out some of the most-loved styles — like Everlane's office-to-after work $225 The Boss Boot with a near-perfect rating or the edgy-cool, durable Dr. Martens Leona lug sole style, $170, which has racked up five stars at Shopbop. For a sleeker lace-up style, look to Frye's Veronica combat boot, $278, that fans have given a perfect rating for comfort and versatility. If you love over-the-knee black boots, you can never go wrong with Stuart Weitzman's Lowland in black stretch suede. They may be an investment at $798, but with a full five stars at Bloomingdale's you can be sure they're a worthy investment.

With countless iterations of cool black boots to choose from, it can be hard to determine which are best. But one look at the incredibly high ratings on the below styles, your choice will become a whole lot clearer.