The 6 Key Boots Trends to Sit up And Take Notice of For AW23

You'll be living in these come autumn.

Last Updated on August 18, 2023

Wondering which boots will be trending for Autumn Winter 2023? Wonder no more, as after careful research, I’m here to lay it all out for you. Shoes are a personal choice, and while we love fashion here at Wear Next and believe it’s an incredible form of self-expression, we also never want you to feel like you’re bound to any trends. Take what you like from the trends, and leave what you don’t. Simple as that. But whether you prefer heels or flats, chunky or slim, embellished or simple, there’s a pair of boots for everyone on this list.

Chances are too that you’ll already own at least one pair of these, as while trends do come and go, they also tend to stick around for a while. Chunky soles have been around for a long old while now, and I don’t know about you, but I’m into it. I prefer biker boots over stiletto heels and always have done, so you probably won’t see me walking around in thigh-high boots anytime soon although I love them on other people.

If you’re more on the glamorous side when it comes to your footwear, you’ll get to embrace those over-the-knee boots in your wardrobe this season too as they’re back with a vengeance. This celebrity-favourite footwear made its way down the runway at countless shows for the season, including Bally, Bottega Veneta, Elie Saab, Fendi, Hermes, Lanvin…the list goes on. We all know the chokehold that Western boots have had us under for a while now too, and they’re here to stay.

So let’s take a closer look at the boot trends for AW23 and where you can get your hands on them too Next, read our trend report for AW23. We’ve also got the 411 on shoes, bags, knitwear and colour trends for the new season too.

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Biker boots

Giambattista Valli combat boots aw23
Giambattista Valli / Launchmetrics

This season, punk-inspired boots are back. The laces have been swapped for shining buckles, and there’s bonus points if your boots have lots of them. They don’t have to be flat either; there are plenty of heeled styles that come with an edge. Wear yours with slip dresses and mini skirts to balance out the look.

Seen at Giambattista Valli, Dior, Tod’s, Moschio, Max Mara, Diesel and more.

Biker boots, H&M

Biker boots, £54.99, H&M – buy now

EYRA BOOTs, £225, Vagabond

Eyra Boots, £225, Vagabond – buy now

Jimmy Choo
Biker II calf-length boots

Biker II calf-length boots, £750, Jimmy Choo – buy now

Western boots

A.W.A.K.E. Mode western boots aw23
A.W.A.K.E. Mode / Launchmetrics

Cowboy boots are a wardrobe staple at this point and can be worn with pretty much anything, whether you’re going to a festival or a coffee with mates. What I love most about the trend is the variation; you might think western boots are a clearly defined style, but it’s the colours that make them so different. From hand-painted and vintage styles to more modern metallics, they’re certainly not short of personality.

Seen at A.W.A.K.E. Mode, Zimmerman, Isabel Marant, Chloé, Off-White and more.

Mount Dallas - Black and White Leather Boots Alohas

Mount Dallas – Black and White Leather Boots, £349, Alohas – buy now


Denim Cowboy Boots, £89.99, Zara – buy now

ASOS DESIGN Cupid contrast western knee boot in black and red mix

Cupid contrast western knee boot in black and red mix, £60, ASOS DESIGN – buy now

Over-the-knee boots

fendi aw23 over the knee boots
Fendi / Launchmetrics

After spotting them at almost every runway show for AW23, it’s undeniable that knee-high boots are having their moment. Let yours do the talking (as well as the walking) by teaming them with dresses and skirts, or wearing them over your trousers so they can be fully appreciated.

Seen at Bally, Bottega Veneta, Elie Saab, Fendi, Hermes, Lanvin and more.

Thigh High Chunky Boots NA-KD

Thigh High Chunky Boots, £49.95, NA-KD – buy now

Over Knee Leather Boots & Other Stories

Over Knee Leather Boots, £265, & Other Stories – buy now

TOPSHOP LIMITED EDITION Freya premium leather thigh high square toe boot in silver

Freya premium leather thigh high square toe boot in silver, £200, Topshop – buy now

Slouch boots

isabel marant slouchy boots aw23
Isabel Marant / Launchmetrics

Remember those slouchy boots everyone wore in the noughties? Well, they’re making a comeback alongside cargo pants, crop tops and low-rise jeans. Hopefully we do it a little better the second time around! Wear yours with a boho dress.

Seen at Isabel Marant, Sportmax, Elie Saab, Burberry, Loewe and more.

Sway Low Slouch Boots, £168, Free People

Sway Low Slouch Boots, £168, Free People – buy now

Suede Cowboy Boot Never Fully Dressed

Suede Cowboy Boot, £229, Never Fully Dressed – buy now

Slouched ankle boots, £647, Paris Texas

Slouched ankle boots, £647, Paris Texas – buy now

Lug soles

lug sole boots chloe aw23
Chloé / Launchmetrics

Perhaps the most versatile and easy to style of the lot, lug sole boots are still a non-mover as one of the key trending boot styles of the season. Comfy, casual and cool, these can really do no wrong and they go with absolutely everything.

Seen at Chloé, Off-White, Jil Sander, Armani, Diesel, Burberry, Simone Rocha and more.

Exclusive Nile cleated chunky sole boots in black Public Desire

Exclusive Nile cleated chunky sole boots in black, £44.99, Public Desire – buy now

Tretorn Garpa Hybrid Boots Arket

Tretorn Garpa Hybrid Boots, £140, Arket – buy now

Trace lace-up biker boots, £615, Stella McCartney

Trace lace-up biker boots, £615, Stella McCartney – buy now

Metallic boots

missoni aw23 metallic boots
Missoni / Launchmetrics

We need a little bit of glitz and glamour when it comes to winter, and this season that comes in the form of metallics, which were seen at countless runway shows. Think of them as a neutral and styling them becomes a whole lot easier.

Seen at Vivienne Westwood, Ester Manas, Off-White, Missoni, Jil Sander, Maison Margiela and more.

Wide Fit Maeve leather western ankle boot in gold

Wide Fit Maeve leather western ankle boot in gold, £69, Topshop – buy now

Metallic Gold Leather Cowboy Boots, £115, Oliver Bonas

Metallic Gold Leather Cowboy Boots, £115, Oliver Bonas – buy now

Diesel Logo-plaque metallic leather boots

Logo-plaque metallic leather boots, £495, Diesel – buy now