The fashion cycle works in mysterious ways. It may be 86 degrees outside, but it is time to start thinking about the boots you will want to wear from September all the way to the following April. With August sales finally wrapping up, retailers are starting to stock all those cool-weather staples you have banished from your mind the last few months. But before you start thinking about coats or sweaters, I think it is boots that should sit at the top of your shopping list.

First of all, while boots are designed to endure a little bit of rough weather, styled with the right outfit, they can work for our last month or two of warmer days too. And while footwear can be a bit of a splurge, a statement-making pair of boots can anchor even the simplest outfit, so invest your money there first.

Are you curious to know what the biggest boot trends will be for coming fall? Check out these six boot styles that will be on the feet of every It girl in the coming days.

Animal Print ~ leopard print is ideal for prowling the streets.


Modern Cowgirl ~ You do not have to be headed to the ranch to pull off these cool cowboy boots. Western details with a bit of edge make for a combination that you can dress up or down.


Take a Hike ~ Backpacker chic may not be an aesthetic you have considered before, but for fall, it is all about boots you could actually hit the trail in.


Downtown Chelsea ~ While a classic Chelsea boot will forever remain a wardrobe staple, in 2018 it is time for an update. Lug soles and edgy details make this usually polished boot feel downtown cool.


Flashback ~ For a few seasons, I have been watching hints of the ’80s creep back onto the runway, but it is back with a true vengeance. Slouchy, shiny, and of course, a chain or two make ankle boots feel new (but old, but new) again.


Calf-way There ~ Love it or hate it, calf-height bucket boots are the new over-the-knee. The sleek silhouette is ideal for styling under a midi dress or with skinny jeans tucked inside.


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