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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.