In recent seasons, the fashion collective has had love affairs with a number of nostalgic shoe trends, from 70s platforms galore to minimal, 90s-inspired boot silhouettes and neon hues reminiscent of the 80s to go with them all. This season, however, western, cowboy-inspired shoe styles (a more evergreen rather than period-driven trend) are back on the radars of fashion-lovers everywhere, and it feels like the options to choose from are only getting better.
Of course, the fall 2022 Fashion Week runways were among the first indicators the western-derived trend would return to full throttle this season. There were ample cowboy-inspired boots with contrast details at Chloe, studded iterations at Isabel Marant, and logocentric styles at Fendi. Where the cowboy trend typically stops at boots, however, the biggest 2022 update embraces the look reimagined as mules as well. Meanwhile, boots are cropping up with their share of chic and refreshing updates as well – Think unexpected heel shapes and overall boot silhouettes that may feel a bit more pared down than what you’re used to seeing from this trend.
Ready to style with everything from a midi dress while the weather still allows, to polished denim later, shop some of the best Western-inspired boots and mules stores below.
Schutz X REVOLVE Kuria Boo
Schutz’ take on the western boot feels totally refreshed and revamped, taking on the silhouette of a standard boot with a sculptural heel on the bottom, and cowboy boot-inspired elements up top.
Western Affair’s unique shoes come in extremely low quantities (some of them are even one of a kind), and with color-blocking and a sleek shape, they demonstrate just how fashion forward the signature ornamental stitching most associated with cowboy boots can be.
Matisse’s western-inspired mules are the only defense you need against “no white in the fall.” Do yourself one better and style these with dark blue jeans, an oversized white button down, and cognac brown accessories.