Boots are simply a timeless trend. Today there are more options out there than ever before! You’ll find there is a lot of overlap between boot type. Many boots have elements that make them hybrids. For example, a combat boot could have a high heel and could be ankle length, putting it into three different categories.
With that being the case, it’s important to know which type is right for you, your outfit, the purpose, and the season. If you need help in sorting through the various options, don’t fret. We’ve done all the work for you. Enjoy our guide of 25 types of boots!
Booties are boots that hit right below the ankle, making them the shortest boot option out there. Most have a raised heel on them. They are great for fall fashion or weather that isn’t too cold that it will bother bare ankles.
Soda Ankle Booties
2. Ankle Boots
Ankle boots are similar to booties, as they are short boots. They hit above the ankle by a few inches and pair well with jeans. They don’t have to have heels but many do.
Clarks Ankle Boots
Globalwin Ankle Boots
3. Knee-High Boots
As the name suggests, these tall boots come up to or around the knee. They can either hit the knee or fall an inch or two above or below the knee.
Dream Pairs Boots
4. Thigh-High Boots
The tallest boots that you can find are thigh-high boots. They sit well above the knee and often have ties to keep them from slouching down. You’ll find that they come in various materials, usually suede or leather.
Dream Pairs Boots
5. Riding Boots
Riding boots are a popular boot meant for riding horses, hence the name. They hit an inch or two below the knee and are usually made of leather. A lot of riding boots are meant for fashion rather than actually riding horses which can make them a little more trendy looking.
Frye Riding Boots
6. Chelsea Boots
These boots are all the rage right now. They are ankle boots that have elastic on the side. This makes them easier to put on than other boots as they have stretch. Chelsea boots are also known as Dealer boots in the UK.
Dream Pairs Chelsea Boots
Oneeno Chelsea Boots
7. Motorcycle Boots
Motorcycle boots are sturdy and usually made of leather. They are stiff and not good for walking long distances. They do a good job of protecting you from road rash.
Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Boots
8. Chukka Boots
Chukka boots are ankle boots made of leather with suede uppers and open lacing. The soles are usually rubber to increase traction.
White Mountain Boots
9. Mid-Calf Boots
This boot type encompasses a ton of options as this type of boots hit in the middle of the calf. That being the case, the options and styles vary widely. From leather to suede and anything in between, there are lots of materials used for these boots.
Lucky Brand Mid-Calf Boots
Daily Shoes Cowboy Style Mid-Calf Boots
10. Cowboy Boots
True cowboy boots are made from leather and are meant for grueling ranch work. All cowboy boots have a heel, a tall boot shaft, and either a pointed or rounded toe. Additionally, they make fashion-friendly versions so you can strut your stuff in western style without the big price tag.
Ariat Western Boots
Roper Floral Cowboy Boots
11. Wellington Boots
Wellington boots are rubber boots that are waterproof. They typically hit below the knee. They’re great for those who live in wet climates and for fall months.
12. Combat Boots
These sturdy boots are one of the most popular types, especially in current fashion trends. Combat boots are built after a military-style and have a thick sole and ankle support.
Dream Pairs Combat Boots
STQ Combat Boots
13. Shearling Boots
Shearling boots are suede boots lined with sheep’s wool. They are winter boots and are very warm. Shearling boots were made popular by Uggs and are best known for their comfort.
14. Snow Boots
Built to resist moisture while keeping your feet warm, snow boots are great for the winter. They come in ankle boots or mid-calf. They have great traction for traipsing through snow and ice.
15. Hiking Boots
Hiking boots have stiff soles built for traction. They provide ankle support. These boots take a while to break-in, but once they are, they allow a hiker to walk for miles in comfort.
Columbia Hiking Boots
16. Wedge Boots
Like wedge shoes, these boots have a solid elevated bottom that acts as a heel and a solid sole. These are great for those who love going out but hate standing on their feet all night. They come in all different lengths and heights, so you can choose one that matches your preference.
Brinley Co. Boots
17. Heeled Boots
Simply put, these boots have heels on them. This makes them a little more fashion-forward. There are almost limitless options in this boot type.
Top Moda Boots
Cambridge Select Boots
18. Desert Boots
Desert boots are a sub-category of chukka boots. They have a crepe rubber sole which differentiates them from other chukkas.
Roamers Desert Boots
19. Oxford Boots
Oxford boots are a play on oxford shoes, which are shoes that have eyelet tabs that attach underneath the vamp. They have a formal look to them which makes them great for dressy or business occasions.
20. Knitted Wedge Boots
These boots have knit material and a wedge sole. It’s a warm combination that keeps your legs comfortable.
21. Monk Strap Ankle Boots
Monk straps boots or shoes are footwear that uses straps and buckles instead of laces. Most of these boots are easy to slip on as the buckle is more for design rather than function.
Emporio Armani Boots
22. Go-Go Boots
Go-go boots are the epitome of 60’s fashion. They are low-heeled boots meant for fashion and classically white.
Ellie Go-Go Boots
23. Mukluk Boots
Mukluks are a boot made from soft material, traditionally from reindeer hyde. They originate from the Arctic aboriginal people and are warm winter boots.
24. Stiletto Heel
Stiletto boots are a great combination of high heels and boots. They are typically used to elevate an outfit and can be worn year-round. The boots can be low or high.
Top Moda Boots
25. Steel-Toed Boots
Made for working, steel-toed boots are all about practicality. They are designed for those who do heavy labor jobs. Steel in the toe area keeps your feet safe. Although they are meant for work, they can still be stylish and cute.
Safety Girl Work Boots
Timberland Work Boots
There are so many types of boots out there and the variety can be intimidating. However, we believe you can pull off any of these. So, try a few or try them all! The season, weather, and personal style all influence which types are right for you.
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