22 Boots Critics Swear By

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A pair of zip-up ankle boots that has over 1,500 5-star reviews

Promising results: “I was taking a chance and buying a pair of boots that didn’t cost an arm and a leg, but I was so surprised at the quality of these boots! They are so stylish and so comfortable and they go with all my jeans. I wear them to work as a paralegal but also casually. They are perfect. Highly recommend them!” — Emmily Nelson

A pair of Sam Edelman equestrian boots, because you can’t go wrong with a classic

Promising results: “I love these boots. I also have them in brown, which I bought four years ago I think. And I still wear them. These boots fit me well. I am a size 10 and my feet are a bit wide, but the regular 10M works for me. For me, it’s worth investing in $150 boots that I can wear for several years rather than buying a $30-50 pair of boots that I must be replaced every year or two. The leather on these boots is very soft and I love the back zipper and the diagonal design. I would recommend these boots!” — MC

A pair of chunky, lug-soled platform boots that you can wear with your favorite jeans

Promising results: “I love these boots. They fit true to size, are easy to clean, and have gotten so many compliments. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been asked for the link. Highly recommend!” -Lauren Garner

Sperry duck boots because they’re the perfect mix of rustic-cute and comfy

Promising results: “I’m pretty obsessed with the quality and look of this shoe. I train in the yard/greenhouse all day and they’re perfect for keeping my feet dry. Surprisingly light and supportive.” —Sabrina

A pair of tie-up zip-up ankle boots that a reviewer said he owns in three colors

Promising results: “I now have them in three different colors and I love them! I’m a hairdresser and I only have feet a lot. I can wear them all day and never have pain in my feet or legs. I broke leg and I have pins and plates. Which causes me to be very picky about shoes and heels. I have absolutely no pain when I wear them. —Chelsea

A pair of high-heeled lace-up ankle boots for a bold fall vibe

Promising results: “The stacked heel adds a lot of height, but they’re so comfy! Cute, stylish, and comfy! Such a godsend!” — Therese W.

A pair of suede boots with a stacked heel that one customer described as “beauty, comfort and quality all in one shoe”.

Promising results: “Beauty, comfort, quality all in one, as always! I wear it with jeans, dresses and skirts.” — Carmelina D. Get them from M.GEMI for $348

A pair of faux leather lace-up boots with faux shearling detail

Promising results: “I’ve walked around New York in these boots, they were awesome. They fit perfectly and keep my feet warm and dry. Would recommend to anyone who hikes a lot in the north (:” — Leeann Rae


A pair of waterproof suede boots stylish enough to wear to work with a dress or skirt

Promising results: “I love these ankle boots from Blondo! Waterproof and man are they COMFORTABLE! Like walking on a cloud. I rarely write reviews but I had to for these. I bought the black leather and I ‘now considering the brown suede. the price!’ —Charm4

A pair of suede winter boots with a comfortable lining, for a fraction of the price of Uggs

Promising results: “These last for years. Wear them all year round. Favorite boot brand besides Columbia. Uggs don’t stand a chance.” —Megan Cumston

A pair of Kenneth Cole Chelsea leather boots that go with just about anything

Promising results: “The fit was as expected and very comfortable right out of the box. I appreciate that they are well made, have a solid yet quiet sole. I work in an office with lots of hard floors everywhere and those these are nice and quiet. There are no clipping sounds (;” – Kim

Rubber Rain Boots Because They Come In THE Cutest Patterns

Promising results: “Cute design, great fit, enough wiggle room to get the boot on and off and wear it comfortably. I have a narrow foot and thick calves (usually too thick for legged boots) and these are perfect for me under rain, garden, mud, etc.” —B. Curtis

A pair of pointed-toe, stacked-heel ankle boots with a cutout on the side

Promising results: “These are absolutely the cutest shoes. The pointed toe is perfect and makes my legs look longer. They’re also super comfy; I know, crazy! Most of the super cute heels aren’t the comfiest, but I don’t. can’t fault them.! First wore them on my eight hour shift and they didn’t bother my feet at all. Which is surprising as normally you have to break them in —Holly Parrish


Sam Edelman knee high boots with a 2.5″ heel, because everyone needs a pair of sophisticated heeled boots in their shoe closet

Promising results: “When the boot fits, buy it in any color and I’ll work on it!! Ordered my fourth pair today for full price; they’re so good. I have strong legs that aren’t just wide Usually anything less than 15″ in circumference will not go past mid-calf, but there is no space at the top. These are just the right height and I’m 5’3″. I ordered an 8 and I normally wear a 7-7 -1/2 but always plus size in the boots and they fit great. The leather and suede fit the same. They are well made and look great with dresses and skirts. Highly recommend!!!” — gigiandmike

A pair of water-resistant hiking boots that you can also wear for activities other than hiking

Promising results: “These boots are such great quality!! They were cute, comfortable and fitted well as expected!! I have worn them several times all day and they are very comfortable!! Definitely worth it, would buy again at new !!” —AnnMarie P. Meade

A pair of Sorel wedge boots for fashion and function, all in one shoe

Promising results: “These shoes are fabulous! They are very comfortable and beautiful. They are true to size.” —Ginna Kellet

A pair of chunky Chelsea boots with built-in bling, which is pretty awesome

Promising results: “Okay…I’ve been looking at these for months and finally decided to indulge in them. I’m so glad I did because they’re the best slippers I’ve ever owned! They’re comfortable and good They’ll be a perfect addition to my outfits this fall/winter!” —Alexia Russell

A pair of faux leather padded thigh high boots

Promising results: “I love how comfortable they are. I wore them for seven hours on my feet and not once did I feel any discomfort. Not to mention being out most of the day and not a single only skid mark on them so far. Love love love it!!” — Kaligirl90

A pair of Dr. Martens platform boots because you can’t go wrong with a classic

Promising results: “I’m obsessed. The docs are the best and these give me those 2’s I’m pretty sure I was supposed to have anyway, but don’t feel like I’m trying too hard. ” – Liddiard’s

Wedge ankle boots with braided fringe ankle straps that you’ll get compliments on every time you wear them

Promising results: “These boots are so beautiful, very well packaged, they look expensive. Very nice quality. I used them to walk for almost two hours and had no cuts! Highly recommended.” —Kath


A pair of faux fur and suede lace-up boots you’ll wear all winter long

Promising results: “I am CURRENTLY wearing these boots, and they are some of the warmest boots I have owned. Slip resistant in ice so far, and there is A LOT of ice where I live right now. comfortable. cute. I get compliments all the time. They look so much cuter in person. It was money well spent!” —Christa

A pair of rhinestone-embellished boots that one reviewer dubbed “showstoppers.”

Promising results: “I’m so obsessed with these boots. They’re SO fun and cute, such an easy way to dress up an outfit. I get compliments every time I wear them.” —Sarah

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