Giddy up, we’ve got a new contender for the most surprising early 2000s trend making a comeback: cowboy boots.
Woah, there! (Enough of the puns?) Before you click away, rest assured that the cowboy boot of 2023 bears little resemblance to the mid-calf, embroidered style that most of us imagine when we think ‘cowboy boot’.
In fact, today’s boot is pared back and refined (Khaite even produces a pair) and according to stylist Lucy Wood there truly is a cowboy boot for every wardrobe. Think full-blown cowboy knockoffs to more elevated styles with “a hint of a western shape, leather panelling or stacked heel”.
“You could go bold with colourful, decorative options from say, Ganni, or keep it sleek and minimal with a pared-back, black, mid-height boot like those at Alias Mae.”
Plus, they’re surprisingly easy to wear. Put a knee-high style with dresses and skirts, to “help ground a flowing hemline”. Ankle and mid-height boots will go with almost anything. “A modern-style cowboy boot that only has a subtle nod to the trend can be treated like any other boot,” adds Lucy.
Here are eight of her favourites.