Sure, summer sandals are great and all—but it’s fall boot season that really enlivens the fashion pack. There’s nothing quite like pulling your stompers out of storage on that first sub-60-degree day and amassing a team of smart layers to pair them with. On the heels of last season, when shoe-shopping took a backseat to sheltering in place, it’s understandable if your seasonal lineup could use some love. To lend a hand, we’ve asked our stylists and editors to disclose their end-all, be-all fall boots—not the ones that look pretty while sitting on the shelf, but the ones they reach for every time they head out the door.
Across the board, you’ll notice plenty of common ground between our picks. Chelsea boots, combat boots, and Chloé boots are winners amongst Editorialist’s team this season. Some have called on classic boots that have withstood years of wear in their closets, while others presented trendier additions that have already become forever-favorites. If the chunky lug-sole craze isn’t for you, not to worry: you’ll find daintier silhouettes, such as Schutz’s Analeah boots (a core style of the brand’s) and Saint Laurent’s Lou Ankle boots.
No matter what suits your fancy, you’re sure to find something to swoon over in the roundup ahead.