Have you heard? Everybody is talking about it. It’s the trend we can’t get enough of—cowboy boots. I, for one, am thrilled that these western wonders are back in style, pushing taunts of yeehaw to the back of my head where my shiny black Luchesse ankle boots once threatened to retreat to. When a quirky piece you’ve been wearing for years finally becomes a viral trend, it’s equal parts of self-satisfaction and refreshing validation. But I’ve got no time to be mad, I frickin’ love cowboy boots. So much so that I keep a spare pair in my work cupboard at all times, in case I need to jazz up an outfit last minute.
The original cowboy boot was constructed in 1870 with a Cuban heel and pointed toe for riding horses, and the style hasn’t evolved much since. The lifted heel and sleek foot box translate to elevated, yet functional footwear, ticking two V important boxes on our winter checklist. Paired with a dress and tights, tucked into jeans or thrown under a warm wool trouser, the ways to wear this boot are endless. Below, five ways to pull off cowboy boots with style. Giddyup!
Wide leg pants and a cardigan
Behold, native Texan and cowboy queen Erin Wasson. Her wide-leg denim creates a flattering silhouette for the sleek black boot underneath without feeling country at all. The key with big shapes is sticking to a neutral color palette. Black and white does the trick.
Pop of color
Your footwear is the focal point when opting for a bright red boot. That doesn’t mean the rest of your outfit needs to be boring. Don’t be afraid to go monochrome while mixing textures and fabrics.
Straight-leg denim and clashing prints
The mix of prints and colors in this outfit makes the cowboy boot feel like the least out-there element. It works well with neutral denim and fuzzy cardigan—despite the unexpected yellow—with keeping silhouettes sleek and basic.
For a night out
Go full-on ’90s with slim-cut snakeskin pants and a pair of matching ankle boots like Lucy Williams. When it comes to accessories there are no rules—beads, feathers, sequins—go for it. Ganni’s croc-embellished version here is the perfect heel height and so comfortable.
Mix n’ match
Again, can’t sing enough praise for the versatility of this boot. Suede, leather, blue jeans and a knit. Treat subdued styles as a neutral winter boot to add laidback polish to any outfit.