Autumn trend update: The boots you'll be wearing in 2020
As we speak, boots of all shapes and sizes are taking the world by storm. They're stomping down international runways, heading out for their first Saturday night drinks and starring in street style pics on Instagram. This can only mean one thing: autumn is here, and it's time for a footwear update.
In great news for shoe addicts everywhere, there are a lot of styles to choose from: boots with razor-sharp stilettos, boots so shiny you could apply your lipstick in their reflection, boots with a heel that resemble a lovely vase, and boots that a chic cowgirl might wear. Just to name a few. Note: these are not the kind of boots that you keep by the front door and throw on mindlessly after you're dressed - they're the star of the show. They might just give your autumn outfit a run for its money. Here's our roundup of the trends you need to get acquainted with now.
Below the knee
For a while there, thigh high and knee high boots reigned supreme. They had a good run, but it now seems that boots are inching further down the leg. Below the knee boots are your best option if you want that effortless Parisian vibe - just add cat-eye sunglasses, camel coat and baguette. Go for wear-with-everything black, chocolate or tan, or take a risk with a pop of colour or animal print.
Need a new go-to boot? Find these at Witchery.
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Consider yourself more of an ankle boots gal? Upgrade your trusty basic black boots to western boots instead. They're just as comfortable, versatile and daytime-appropriate, plus they bring a little extra 'fashion' to your look. In terms of colour, consider a cream, grey or butter pair over traditional black or tan staples. These look beautiful with billowing maxi dresses, straight-leg blue jeans and trench coats, among other things.
Get your chic western boots upgrade at Myer.
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An unusual heel
Who came up with the genius idea of heel shapes resembling wearable art? What was once a "interesting" runway trend has now filtered down into our favourite stores, and we're not sorry. Last year we saw this look mostly in the heels department, but a quick shop at shoe stores reveals it's made its way to boots, too. The most popular? Hourglass-shaped heels on thigh-high boots.
Check out this runway-inspired trend at Betts.
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If you've been scrolling Instagram the past month, chances are you've spotted a few pairs of these - maybe you've even screen-shotted some. It seems the style set have fallen in love with this trend, and we can see why. They go with everything, working just as well with a leather jacket and black jeans as with a feminine midi dress, and thanks to the low heel, they scream comfort!
Keen on a pair of punk boots? Head to Novo.
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A hit of metallic
Studio 54 called, they want their boots back. We couldn't have been happier to discover that disco-inspired boots were a thing in 2020, and surprisingly, they're more wearable than you might think. Choose silver-heeled ankle boots that you can wear with band tees and leather shorts or wide-leg jeans, or go all out with gold thigh high numbers that are practically begging to make their debut on the dancefloor.
Shop your new favourite dancing shoes at Naturalizer.
Speaking of the '70s, another big shoe trend that's made it's way back is ruched boots. Just like their 2020 cousins, they're sticking with the ankle and below-the-knee length and look beautiful styled with major autumn clothing trends like long sleeve maxi dresses, trench coats, knit midi dresses and '90s-inspired denim. You can also make them your own by choosing the perfect colour (cognac or cream?), texture (patent or suede?) and height (comfy flats or sky-high heels?).
Love the idea of ruched boots? Check out Cotton On.