New York streets put your shoes to ultimate test. Not only do they physically test your shoes, but they also put the trend on trial. Yes, I’m talking about everything from the 2010 Jeffrey Campbell platforms (yes, everyone wore them all over Meatpacking) and the 2012 lace-up combat boots to the uprise of the current sneaker trend; after living in New York for about a decade, the odds are I’ve that owned at least one pair of each trend. Through the transition of many apartments and countless closet clean-outs, there’s a sole shoe style (no pun intended) that has remained a constant in my closet.
My hero shoe style? The knee-high boot. Resting just below the kneecap, hugging the calves, and made with a minor slouch, these equestrian-inspired boots have yet to fail me. Though they’re currently having a major runway moment and beloved by celebrities including Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Kaia Gerber, they’ve been around for quite some time. I have the latest pair from Ganni, but I also still have my first-ever pair from Stuart Weitzman from 2010.
With winter approaching and temperatures drastically dropping, your knee-high boots will come to the rescue. Layer them over thick tights under a skirt, or opt to go bare-legged with a cozy shearling coat; there are countless style options. Leather, suede, mock croc, and even plaid; indulge in the one shoe that will last you a lifetime. Scroll through our 20 favorites below.
Villa Rouge Baden Boots ($225)
You can’t go wrong with a little slouch.
Kenneth Cole Justin Snake Print High Heel Knee Boot ($225)
Contrary to the heel height, these are very comfortable.
Stuart Weitzman Talina Boots ($795)
The founding father of knee-high boots.
Balenciaga Houndstooth-Check Tweed Boots ($525)
Style trick: Match your boots to your coat.
Ganni Western Croc-Effect Leather Knee Boots ($675)
’Tis the season of mock croc.
By Far Edie Leather Knee Boots ($625)
I need these. It’s not even a question.
Onlymaker Round Toe Chunky Heel Slouch Knee High Boots ($55)
A rare boot bargain.
Mango Leather High-Leg Boots ($250)
Winter white is a thing.
Zara High Leg Leather Heeled Boots ($199)
You heard it here first—green is the color of the season.
ASOS Clover Premium Leather Knee High Boots ($135)
You can never have too much snakeskin.
Steve Madden Triumph Boot ($150)
Try styling these in a navy monochromatic look.
H&M Knee-High Leather Boots ($129)
This wider straight-leg silhouette is v. flattering.
Ulla Johnson Jerri Boots ($845)
Can’t forget an animal print option.
& Other Stories Gathered Slouch Leather Boots ($279)
These are giving me The Row vibes.
Wandler Isa Tri-Colour Square-Toe Leather Boots ($720)
Switch it up and opt for mix-matched boots.
Charles & Keith Brushed-Effect Knee High Boots ($90)
These elegant boots will polish any outfit.
Free People Vegan Blake Heel Boot ($298)
I’ll be wearing these throughout January and February (maybe even March).
Paige Carmen Boots ($578)
I still get excited about the fact that Paige launched shoes.
Loeffler Randall Loeffler Randall Goldy Tall Boots ($695)
Never knew I needed yellow boots until now.
Frame x Tamara Mellon Slouch Knee Boot ($795)
Another genius collab.
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