Best cowboy boots: The wild west-loving styles to add to your closet

Discover the best cowboy boots that suit all styles and budgets that will ease you into the western trend

best cowboy boots: Chloé Autumn Winter 2022, Jil Sander Autumn Winter 2022, Casablanca Resort 2023
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One of the hottest styles of the season, the best cowboy boots are the fashion currency to be investing in right now. Showcased across the runway, this tough but timeless boot choice has been embraced by designers, celebrities and street stylers alike to create this season's must-have shoe.

In the same way jeans were once considered a workwear staple, cowboy boots evolved out of necessity rather than style, but since making their runway debut at Ralph Lauren in the 1980s they've become something of a wardrobe staple. With different colors, lengths, fabrications and stitching, the best cowboy boots have subsequently been spotted in the collections of some of the most prestigious fashion houses. From the likes of Givenchy and Céline, to even Chanel adopting the style as part of its fall winter shoe trends 2022, where they were paired with dresses, tweed suits and embellished pieces, breathing new life into the classic cowboy boot once more. 

“Cowboy boots are re-emerging as the boot style of the summer. They’re perfect to team with floral midi dresses for warmer weather, and come the colder months wear them with your favorite jeans and a chunky knit. And the best news is, whatever your budget you can tap into the trend. My top tip is to hunt out preloved styles on eBay, Rokit and Vestiaire Collective or scour for designer styles on sale by setting up a Google alert”, says Hannah Eichler (opens in new tab), stylist and Deputy Fashion Finder Editor at the MailOnline.  

13 best cowboy boots selected by a fashion editor

When it comes to the shoe trends 2022, the best cowboy boots are the footwear of choice of style experts. Sturdy and hardwearing, if you're wondering how to wear cowboy boots, the options are truly endless. With the ability to add a tougher edge to pretty dresses, while still pairing effortlessly with jeans, they solve a multitude of outfit queries, nailing everything from what to wear to a festival to cute brunch outfit ideas. We round up some of the best cowboy boots on the market that you'll wear for years to come. 

Ariat Cowboy boots

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1. Ariat West Bound Western Boot

Best for authenticity

Specifications

RRP: $209.95 / £180
Sizes: US: 5.5-12 / UK: 3-8.5

Reasons to buy

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Worn in the Mid-West
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Lots of great patterns
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Premium materials

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

Creating some of the best cowboy boots in the business, Ariat design work and riding boots alongside fashion leaning cowboy boot designs - meaning that every pair is packed with technology and know how. An ideal way to discover what is boho style, these boots are perfect for wearing with this season's long skirt outfit ideas and maxi dresses, but will also look cool with straight legged jeans tucked in. 

The West Bound Western Boot features the brand's trade marked, Shock Shield, which minimizes foot fatigue. Made from 100% leather, these stunning boots are a really statement piece and while they're definitely fashion forward, you can guarantee you won't look out of place should you decide to fully embrace the ranch life. With an 8 row stitching pattern for added strength and stability, this is a longevity purchase that will work brilliantly with jeans and dresses alike. 


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2. Phase Eight Cowboy Boots

Best versatile and feminine pair

Specifications

RRP: $169 / £139
Sizes: UK: 3-8

Reasons to buy

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Neutral color
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Versatile style
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Easy to wear

Reasons to avoid

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Hard to clean

Phase Eight delivers not only elegant and timeless clothing but has some great accessories, jewelry and shoes too. The brand is a staple when it comes to quality and stylish pieces and these cowboy boots are no exception. 

While you might not associate the brand with footwear, these boots make for a great option for easing yourself into cowboy boots, as the western styling is relatively subtle. The neutral colour and ankle length ensure this pair is easy to style, while the metal studs offer added embellishment and luxe detailing. 

A chic and wearable addition to your capsule wardrobe, wear them with your best midi dresses, boyfriend jeans and maxi skirts, or just peeking out the bottom of a directional pair of flares. 


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3. Khaite Dallas Boots

Best modern boots

Specifications

RRP: $980 / £830
Sizes: EU: 36-41.5

Reasons to buy

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Neutral color
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Contemporary design
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Good size range

Reasons to avoid

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Very pointed design - better for narrower feet

Khaite, the New York-based brand, specializes in creating staple and modern pieces that transcend seasons and trends. The Dallas boots bring a contemporary take on the cowboy style thanks to their curved cuffs and heels. They feature delicate embroidery and side pull tabs that makes it easy to pull them on. 

Essentially a classic black boot, the long, slim toe elongates your silhouette. Wearable with pretty much anything, if you're stuck for what to wear on a first date, try these boots as part of a black jeans outfit and add a statement top for a chic smart casual outfit idea. Alternatively lean fully into the western look and use these boots to learn how to style flared jeans, the long toe will look really elegant with this cut of denim.


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4. ASOS Design Camouflage Boots

Best knee-high style

Specifications

RRP: $178 / £125
Sizes: US: 4-11 / UK: 2-9

Reasons to buy

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Minimalist style
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Versatile
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Timeless design

Reasons to avoid

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Hard to keep clean

If you're looking for premium leather on a bit more of a budget, then ASOS is a good place to explore. With own brand and designer pieces, it's guaranteed to have some trend-worthy options. 

This Camouflage pair in cream has a knee high silhouette, slightly more unusual for cowboy boots - as they often finish at the calf. The longer length style is ideal if you're used to more of a riding boot cut but want to tap into the western trend. Thanks to its longer, streamlined silhouette, these cream boots are ideal for pairing with your best summer dresses to give them a Fall-ready feel, so you can wear summer dresses for that little bit longer. 

As with riding boots, these beauties feature side pull tabs to help you pull them on and a zip fastening for extra ease. The chunky, angled, block heel adds height without compromising on comfort. If pairing it with jeans, try tucking in skinny or straight leg jeans, or re-embrace boot cuts and wear them over your boots. 


Beige cowboy boots against a white background

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5. Stradivarius Cowboy Ankle Boots

Best easy-to-wear style

Specifications

RRP: $99.90 / £69.99
Sizes: US: 5-10 / UK: 2-8

Reasons to buy

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Versatile
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Affordable price point
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Flexible foam insole

Reasons to avoid

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Small size range

Stradivarius is always a good choice when looking for a budget-friendly wardrobe upgrade. The straight-to-market retailer has a wide range of styles, from classic designs to the best fashion trends 2022

These suede, ankle length cowboy boots feature curved cuffs and delicate topstitching, that nods to the trend without feeling overly directional. The design is finished with a flexible technical latex foam insole for extra comfort. The neutral beige color makes for a versatile and easy-to-wear pair, that will look lovely with everything from your best jeans to smock maxi dresses. 

A smart buy, suede is a lovely fabric for fall and spring seasons, although you need to make sure to protect your shoes with specialist spray in case of sudden downpours. 


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6. Urban Outfitters Cass Western Boots

Best monochrome design

Specifications

RRP: $91 / £75
Sizes: EU: 36-41 / UK: 3-8

Reasons to buy

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Modern take
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Contrasting embroidery
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Great price point

Reasons to avoid

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Not as easy to wear

With a slightly more grungy aesthetic, these Cass boots have a bit more of an edgy feel to them, with contrasting white stitching on a black leather boot base. With a modern square toe finish, curved cuffs and a block heel, the Cass cowboy boots demand to be the centerpiece of any ensemble. Making them in some respects trickier to wear. 

While like most cowboy boots they'll team well with dresses or jeans, opting for a block color silhouette, will make this pair easier to master. Opt for an all-black look with slim to skinny fit jeans or pants, tucked into your boots to guarantee a streamlined, flattering finish. The one color will also help to add extra inches to your legs as your silhouette will be uninterrupted. When it comes to dresses, try using these boots to nail how to style a slip dress dress, as the sleek shape will contrast well with the slightly chunkier boot, just throw on your best denim jacket to finish the look.


Tan cowboy boots against a white background and in a model with blue jeans

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7. New Look Suede Western Boots

Best staple boots

Specifications

RRP: $80 / £64.99
Sizes: UK 3-9

Reasons to buy

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Sustainably sourced leather
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Versatile
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Great price point

Reasons to avoid

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Suede usually requires more care than smooth leather

Taking you through the year, a mid-brown boot is the perfect accompaniment to outfits in all seasons. The high, chunky heel adds a touch of glam to proceedings, giving these boots a more feminine feel that will work well with dresses and skirts. 

Crafted from sustainably sourced leather, they come in an ankle length design and feature side pull tabs and zip fastenings for easier access. Style it with a midi dress on a summery evening or go for an all-denim look with a denim shirt and skinny jeans to lean into the western vibe to the max. 

Available up to a size 9, these boots offer a good size range for trend led footwear and while they are definitely cowboy boots, you can wear these year after year. 


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8. Matisse Party Favor Western Boots

Best statement boots

Specifications

RRP: $198 / £188
Sizes: US: 6-10

Reasons to buy

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Dressy design
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Crystal-embellished
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Modern take

Reasons to avoid

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Not as versatile and easy-to-wear

While the best cowboy boots may have been originally a workwear piece, when it comes to fashionable cowboy boots, you can wear them from day to evening. Go all out with Matisse’s Party Favor western boots, the most dazzling pair of shoes we've seen so far this season. 

This eye-catching pair will instantly elevate any outfit or add extra sparkle to an already striking look. The rhinestones are definitely the main elements but the curved cuffs and the wooden-like block heel play into the cowboy feel. 

The perfect dinner-to-party style, these dance-ready boots are ideal for what to wear to a concert if you really want to make an impact, and are certainly ones to consider when the Holiday season rolls around too. As with pretty much all cowboy boots, they will work well with everything, which is why this boot style is ever enduring. Pair them with a silk top and boyfriend jeans or go for a blouse and midi skirt, either way, you’re guaranteed a stylish look.


Knee high brown boots against a white background and modelled with a skirt and tights against a cream background

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9. Duo Boots Jolene Wide Calf Boots

Best wide calf boots

Specifications

RRP: $316 / £255
Sizes: US: 5-12 / UK: 2-10

Reasons to buy

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Neutral color
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Suitable for wide calf
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Authentic design

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

If you've struggled to buy boots in your calf size, look no further than Duo Boots. With seven calf sizes available, whether you've found boots bag around your calf, or you can't quite zip them up, then this is the smart leather footwear brand for you.

 With a selection of some of the best winter boots alongside more trend led iterations, there is something for every taste and when it comes to the best cowboy boots, we've fallen hard for the Jolene. In premium Italian leather and suede, they are complete with curved cuffs and stacked heels, giving them an elegant and authentic western feel. 

Smarter than many of the iterations in this round up, these beautiful chocolate brown boots can easily be worn for smarter occasions, including for fall and winter office outfits. The mix suede and leather fabrication adds extra interest - although be sure to protect the fabric adequately for the winter season. 


Cream ankle boots against a white background

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10. River Island Croc Embossed Boots

Best croc-embossed boots

Specifications

RRP: $126 / £68
Sizes: US: 5-10 / UK: 3-8

Reasons to buy

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Modern take
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Also comes in black
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Great price point

Reasons to avoid

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Made from synthetic leather

British clothing brand River Island never disappoints with its range of trendy pieces at affordable prices. The straight-to-market brand has a wide range of budget-friendly, trend-inspired styles and these croc-embossed western boots are just one example. 

Made from synthetic leather, these standout boots have a slimline silhouette and elongated toe to help lengthen your silhouette. The contrasting, elasticated side panel helps with the ergonomics of getting these boots on and off, but also serves as a design feature. The multi strap design, finished with a side eyelet, gives a nod to spurs, a traditional add-on to cowboy boots. The side tabs are an authentic feature for all riding boots, helping the wearer to pull the boot on easily. With croc texture for an added twist, this modern, wearable boot also comes in black too, for those looking for something more classic. 

If you’ve been wondering what to wear with pleated skirts, worry no more. These boots are ideal for teaming with your favorite midi style, a fitted blouse and a waist cinching belt to finish the look. 


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11. JD Williams Shania Wide Fit Western Boots

Best wide fit boots

Specifications

RRP: $79 / £65
Sizes: UK: 4-9

Reasons to buy

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Suitable for wide fit
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Staple design
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Embroidered detailing

Reasons to avoid

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Small size range

JD Williams is another great option for stylish , bargain buys. The Shania boots are made from smooth leather and come in a wide fit, making them a great option if you struggle with side rub on new pairs of boots. In a calf length finish, these are ideal for pairing with dresses or slim fit jeans, or as part of your Fall leggings outfits

Packed with traditional features, these cowboy boots have classic curved cuffs and subtle embroidery across the boot for enriched texture and interest. The side pull tabs, offer both authenticity and increased ergonomics. 

With a slightly more rough and ready feel, these boots are great for more casual occasions, but with a slight block heel, they'll still team up easily with a directional trapeze dress and your best crossbody bag for a smarter take.   


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12. Warehouse Square Toe Western Boots

Best affordable boots

Specifications

RRP: $121 / £99
Sizes: UK: 3-8

Reasons to buy

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Croc-embossed design
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Affordable price point
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Neutral color

Reasons to avoid

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Small size range

For those looking for something that only has a touch of cowboy boot to it, these chocolate brown, high-shine, croc-style embossed leather boots have minimal western touches but still max it out in the fashion stakes. With a minimalist heel tab, these contemporary boots feel instantly dressier than embroidered styles and the squared off toe on the elongated foot feels modern and directional. 

Easily wearable for work, while we've opted for the chocolate brown pair, they do also come in black. Thanks to their tailored design you easily wear these for work or play, teaming them under a pair of smart, wool trousers for the season ahead, or with a cute smock dress for a lighter look. 


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13. Office Albuquerque Western Boots

Best ankle boots

Specifications

RRP: $144 / £109
Sizes: US: 5-9 / UK: 3-7

Reasons to buy

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Embroidered detail
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Authentic design
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Neutral color

Reasons to avoid

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Small size range

Dive straight into the cowboy boot feel with these super sleek Albuquerque boots from Office. Crafted from white leather, their ankle length silhouette means they're workable with literally everything in your closet, from ankle-skimming kick-flare jeans to floaty dresses. 

The topstitch embroidery, silver hardware and contrasting stack heel makes them standout from the crowd. Equally contemporary and authentic, these are ideal to add a western touch to your wardrobe, without giving too much of a rodeo vibe. If you’re feeling edgy, pair them with a sequined mini dress for the upcoming party season for a show-stopping ensemble.