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The Western Boot Trend Is Here To Stay For Summer & This Is How To Style It

By Kelsey Stewart
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Boots are your fail-proof footwear throughout fall and winter. But, there's no need to shove them in the back of your closet once spring and summer roll around. In fact, with the shorter hemlines that warm weather brings, the extra attention on your shoes makes now the ideal time to break out your trendiest shoe picks. One style in particular that shined this spring is carrying over through 2019. Yes, this summer, the western boot trend is here to stay, and it's easy to incorporate it into your summer wardrobe.

While you may be envisioning a plain black cowboy boot when you first think of the wild west, there are many bolder iterations on the market right now. Thanks to ultra-cool labels like Ganni, Ellery, and R13 offering their own takes on the trend, the western boot has earned the fashion world's stamp of approval. Eye-catching animal prints, embroidery, and bright colors, are all details that have helped to modernize this long-worn style.

Lately, top trendsetters have been sporting their own western boots in creative, chic ways — which you likely have already witnessed through your Instagram feed. Los Angeles based fashion influencer Courtnee Ruth Crews endorses colorful cowboy boot this season. "I'm adding them to all of my summer babydoll dresses and finishing off with an oversized blazer," Crews tells TZR.

Styling western boots with more sophisticated, elevated pieces makes the boot appear less costume-y. From work, to even the beach (yes, you can frolic in the sand in a boot), western boots are a comfortable and effortlessly cool alternative to a sandal or wedge this summer. So, to get you inspired on ways to wear the rustic shoe this season, ahead find 11 style icons who have perfected the trend.

Midi Dress + Black Boots

Contrast a punchy, floral midi dress with a pair of edgy cowboy boots. Complete the look with a pastel pop of color through your bag.

Freesia Dress - Wallpaper

$2,200

$1,540

Stine Goya

Tall Buckled Boots

$690

Toga Pulla

Tulle + Cow Print

Pair your tulle dress with a western boot for an unexpected ensemble. When fall arrives, throw a leather jacket into the mix to tone things down and keep the look temperature appropriate.

Gathered Dress

$1,595

Christopher Kane

Las Lunas Atlas Boot

$895

Brother Vellies

All White

Summer is the time to show off your favorite white pieces, so throw them all together to create an easy, yet fashionable ensemble. Extra bonus points if you mix different textures, like a cotton dress paired with patent leather cowboy boots.

Amy Oversized Tiered Cotton-Poplin Shirt Dress

$935

Cecilie Bahnsen

Low Texas Boots

$540

$378

GANNI

Floral Mini + Tall Boots

A mini floral dress is a summer go-to, but make things fun this season by opting for a tall pair of cowboy boots over a traditional sandal. And the shorter the dress, the more attention your boots will get.

Forever Yours Embroidered Dress

$79

Modcloth

Isabel Marant

$825

Denzy Embroidered Suede Knee Boots

Neutrals + Sleek Boots

If you tend to stick to a neutral color palette all year, a black cowboy boot is your friend. Couple the shoe with an exciting patterned black and white dress, as demonstrated by Stephanie Arant, and finish off with a cream jacket for those chillier summer days.

The Harvey | Rosemary’s Baby

$188

Boyish

Legend

$750

Tamara Mellon

Maxi Dress + White Boots

Though cowboy boots may not be your first shoe choice when headed to the beach, it can work. Create a vacation-worthy look by pairing with a floral maxi and pastel scrunchie.

Jessie Dress

$695

LoveShackFancy

High Noon Western Boot

$498

Free People

Sheer + Ankle Boots

For those who aren't a fan of shorts, style your western boots with a pair of trousers this summer. Keep the look summer appropriate with a floral top.

Midsummer Dress

$91.28

House Of Sunny

Mickie Modern Cowboy Boot

$79

$59

Urban Outfitters

White Skirt + Two-Tone Boots

Try going simple with your attire while putting emphasis on your accessories. Consider a two-tone cowboy boot with oversized earrings and a headband.

Two-Tone Embroidered Leather Cutout Boots

$585

$234

Ganni

Silk Leopard Knotted Headband

$65

Lele Sadoughi

Cotton Dress + Bright Boots

Western boots don't have to come in a neutral hue. Don't be afraid to add some excitement into your shoe collection with a pair of bright pink cowboy boots. Keep the remaining colors bright and fresh throughout your outfit.

Agatha Eyelet Babydoll Dress

$69

Urban Outfitters

Suede Cowboy Boots

$631

$378

MM6 Maison Margiela

T-Shirt + Subtle Boots

Ease into the trend with a more subtle pair of western footwear. This pair will go with basically anything in your wardrobe and is a year-round staple.

Orange Nude Organic T Shirt

$38.03

$22.82

Nude Ethics

Vegan Going West Boot

$88

Matisse

Praire Dress + Snakeskin Boots

Keep wearing your animal print western boots throughout the summer by coordinating with a pastel prairie dress, giving them a summery feel.

Clementine Bonne Mini Dress

$145

Auguste

Caty Boot Natural Snake

$195

Matisse