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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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, £54.99, H&M – buy now
Eyra Boots, £225, Vagabond – buy now
Biker II calf-length boots, £750, Jimmy Choo – buy now
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, £349, Alohas – buy now
Denim Cowboy Boots, £89.99, Zara – buy now
Cupid contrast western knee boot in black and red mix, £60, ASOS DESIGN – buy now
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, £49.95, NA-KD – buy now
Over Knee Leather Boots, £265, & Other Stories – buy now
Freya premium leather thigh high square toe boot in silver, £200, Topshop – buy now
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 – buy now
Suede Cowboy Boot, £229, Never Fully Dressed – buy now
Slouched ankle boots, £647, Paris Texas – buy now
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, £44.99, Public Desire – buy now
Tretorn Garpa Hybrid Boots, £140, Arket – buy now
Trace lace-up biker boots, £615, Stella McCartney – buy now
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, £69, Topshop – buy now
Metallic Gold Leather Cowboy Boots, £115, Oliver Bonas – buy now
Logo-plaque metallic leather boots, £495, Diesel – buy now