How To Style The Boots You’ll Want To Wear Every Day This Winter

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A simple, sleek pair of black boots is a major footwear staple. And sure, snakeskin, lug sole, and white boots have all reached trend-status this season, but often overlooked is the sleek brown boot. It's the sophisticated, not-too-trendy alternative to all the others. Now is the time to nail down not only what to wear with brown boots, but also the best iterations to add to your closet. Boots in warm tones like rich caramel and deep chocolate are less severe than your essential black boot and more elevated than playful jewel tones — particularly when made in high-shine embossed leather or snakeskin.

This year, retro-inspired silhouettes including truncated ankle boots, chunky '70s platforms, and '90's-era square toes are all here to add a cool twist to everything from weathered mom jeans to slinky silk combos. When black boots feel a bit too harsh — like with a lighter colored or all white ensemble — brown boots are the easy option. And while you may not think to try it, you may want to even consider styling brown boots with a black ensemble, a duo that while non-traditional, is simple and sophisticated. Keep reading for currently trending outfit ideas to don with your new must-have brown boots.

Brown Knee-High Boots With Cream Suiting

A tailored suit in a crisp off-white or cream feels instantly different when tucked into a pair of tall light-brown boots. Look for a relaxed fit to keep the combo on the cusp of cool and sophisticated.

Brown Ankle Boots With High-Waisted Jeans & A Blazer

Update the expected boot-and-jeans ensemble by pairing ankle height brown boots with high-waisted denim and a polished blazer. Play with proportions and keep your jeans fitted so the oversized jacket can be the star of the show. If you really want to turn heads, look for a color-blocked footwear option with an elongated square toe.

Platform Boots With A Prairie Dress And Oversized Sweater

Chunky, stacked platform heels in a deep shade like burgundy or chocolate feel like modern iterations on a style tied to both '70s flair and '90s cool. Show off your shoes and embrace the 2020 take on retro trends by styling with a loose dress and chunky knit.

Calf-Height Tan Boots With A Minimalist, Monochromatic Outfit

A minimalist cold-weather look in tones of beige, camel, and dusty brown feels especially current thanks to trend-setters who are sporting single shades from head to toe. Mid-calf or ankle boots in suede with a contrasting cap toe and a sleek heel are essential for a chic yet unfussy take on the monochromatic look.

Brown Boots With A Skirt & A Button-Down Shirt

Update a traditionally polished button-down, skirt, and boots combo by playing with materials and colors. Patent and snakeskin in coordinated colors make for a visually interesting adaptation.

Brown Boots With A Black Outfit

Black and brown can be the best of friends when these timeless hues are combined in soft silks and snakeskin. Your go-to going out look can take on two tried-and-true tones at once when you add python boots in caramel.

Brown Boots With An Oversized Button-Down + Denim

Tuck a pair of well-worn jeans into knee-high croc boots in buttery dark tan or brown. Croc-embossed accessories bring a much-needed touch of luxury to any look, particularly when it comes in the form of a sleek statement boot.

Brown Boots With Playful Patterns

Embossed brown boots and lace-up styles become less fanciful when you incorporate playful prints and shocking colors into your outfit. Victorian-inspired footwear goes for a modern spin when you think outside the minimalist box.

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